We are always on the look-out for new people to join our group. If you would like to know more about the situations vacant in a given area at any time, please email us for details.

Students (including non-European students) with an excellent track record can apply for a SUPA prize PhD studentship with us and other PhD scholarship options at Strathclyde are shown here.

Research Associate in RF Sensing and Imaging using Rydberg atoms

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate to work on a new project developing novel sensors for the detection and imaging of RF fields using Rydberg atoms as part of the Rydberg Quantum Devices group lead by Dr. Jonathan Pritchard. Rydberg atoms have extremely large electric dipole moments in the microwave and terahertz domain which act as microscopic antennae offering key advantages over existing technologies including the ability to achieve sub-wavelength resolution, traceable SI calibration of field-strength and all-optical detection. The main goals of the project include development of a portable sensor in collaboration with the University of Durham featuring optimised vapour cell geometries for use in measurement campaigns at National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Teddington to provide benchmarking of the absolute accuracy of the atomic gas sensors. Additionally, new techniques to achieve sensitivities at the quantum projection noise limit will be explored alongside application of the sensors to microwave communication protocols including WiFi.

For more details contact jonathan.pritchard@strath.ac.uk

Apply through StrathVacancies, closing date 25th January 2019.

PhD positions in experimental quantum technologies

Fully-funded positions are available to undertake research in the ground-breaking field of quantum sensing and measurement. Four studentships are available via the Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology, as part of which students will join a cohort of 20 students from across the UK. Candidates in this programme will spend part of their first year undertaking an MRes in Translational Quantum Technology at the University of Birmingham. During the MRes candidates will also engage with an industrial partner, M-Squared Lasers.

Further details of the MRes in Translational Quantum Technologies can be found here.

The first deadline for positions is Monday, 22nd May

Available projects, with contact details:

Compact, laser-cooled atomic clocks

Atomic clocks are a shining example of the power that technology based on atomic physics can have. In the last decades, using atoms laser cooled to the microKelvin regime, the sensitivity of atomic clocks has increase to now being better than one second over the age of the universe. This project, a key node in the £50million Quantum Metrology and Sensors QT Hub, will focus on the construction of an atomic clock in a compact and robust package, utilising holographic technologies developed in our group at Strathclyde. The resulting device will surpass current state-of-the-art in commercial atomic clocks in cost, size, and stability. The successful candidate will gain cutting edge experience in atomic physics, lasers, optics, and vacuum technology.

Contact Dr Paul Griffin – paul.griffin@strath.ac.uk

Atom-interferometry for inertial sensing of rotation

The possibility of using interference of coherent matter-waves offer tantalising levels of potential accuracy for measurement devices. A particular application of interest is that of rotation sensing with applications in quantum-based, autonomous navigation devices. The student will join an research programmes in BEC interferometry at Strathclyde in the development of a Bose-Einstein condensate atom interferometer device. A key aim is the demonstration of an integrated optics and BEC interferometry. This project would ultimately inform the translation of chip-based BEC technology into a practical navigation tool.

Contact Dr Aidan Arnold – aidan.arnold@strath.ac.uk

Ultra-precise atomic magnetometry for unshielded measurements

This project on measurement of magnetic fields has begun at the University of Strathclyde, which will push the attainable sensitive below the femtoTesla level (ten orders of magnitude below the Earth’s magnetic field.) Using compact, room temperature, atomic samples the new lab will compete directly with superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) based systems that require prohibitively expensive cryogenic environments. The outcomes of the project will be immediately applied to measurement of real-world systems, including bio-magnetic fields such as those produced by the neuronal electrical activity of the human brain.

Contact Prof Erling Riis – e.riis@strath.ac.uk

Novel lasers for quantum technologies

In this project the student will develop narrow linewidth, and stabilised SDL systems at novel wavelengths suitable for application in quantum technology. The research may include but is not limited to: design and optimisation of semiconductor gain structures, semiconductor processing, laser cavity engineering, optics and nonlinear optics, active stabilisation techniques and quantum optics demonstrations with our collaborators. We will target novel results that will be published in the best journals in the field.

Contact Dr Jennifer Hastie – jennifer.hastie@strath.ac.uk



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