About the Role
PhD Vacancy
This Industrial PhD project will be supervised by Dr Alessandro Casaburi, a Lecturer in the James Watt School of Engineering, University of Glasgow and Dr Jonathan Williams, a Principal Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Teddington. The student will design, fabricate and test innovative superconducting readout electronics aimed at control and readout of large superconducting photon-counting arrays operating. The student will become a trained user of the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre at the University of Glasgow, and will benefit from state-of-the-art low temperature test, metrology and optical characterization facilities at both the University of Glasgow and NPL. This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious student interested in applied quantum technologies at the interface of physics, nanotechnology and engineering. This project will strengthen QuantIC’s strategic partnership with NPL the UK’s National Metrology Institute with a pivotal role in the UK National Quantum Technology Programme. The student will be trained as part of the cohort for the QuantIC industrial studentships commencing January 2020. In addition, the student will receive specialist training in nanofabrication, cryogenic instrumentation, low temperature testing and benchmarking of single-photon detectors benefiting from the world leading expertise of the Quantum Sensors Group Glasgow and NPL.
This PhD will be based at the University of Glasgow and NPL, Teddinton.
Funding will cover home tuition fees and provide a stipend at the UKRI rate for 3.5 years (£15,285 for session 2020/2021)
About You
Candidates should have a first class Bachelors or Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics or Materials Science. Additional research experience is welcomed. The project will include both practical laboratory work and theory, modelling and simulation of superconducting devices and circuits.
About The Company

phNPL and BEIS have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled and BAME candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme.

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