PhD Fellowship in Physics

A PhD scholarship is available in physics at University of Sussex. To be eligible, candidates must be European students. The deadline for applying is September 01, 2016.

We are recruiting highly motivated candidates with strong interest in experimental work. The goal is the development of a Single Microwave photon detector with trapped electrons. An efficient detector of single microwave (MW) photons is a fundamental tool still missing in quantum technology. Such detectors are essential for determining the quantum state of GHz radiation fields and thus vital for quantum communication/information applications with microwaves. At Sussex we have developed a pioneering ion (Penning) trap technology on a superconducting chip that will enable trapped electrons as ultra-sensitive microwave sensors. These will offer unique capabilities for the observation and coherent manipulation of quantum MW fields.
14,057 per annum tax-free bursary and waiver of UK/EU fees each year for 3.5 years. The award includes an additional training grant of £ 1250 p.a. for short courses, books, travel, conferences etc.. The position is for 3.5 years, fully funded (fees and stipend) for UK/EU students.
Application Requirements
- Target group: UK Students, EU Students.
- Applicants should have a 1st class degree in Physics or a related subject.
- Experience in Penning traps, microwave engineering, RF-electronics, superconductors or related experimental skills is advantageous, but not mandatory.
- Due to funding restrictions, the studentship is open to UK and EU resident students only.
- Not all EU students may be eligible.
- Before applying, EU students should check the EPSRC eligibility criteria here

Enquiries about your eligibility, the progress of your application and admission to Sussex, should be sent to Rebecca Foster at
How to apply?
- Apply through the Sussex on-line system
- State in the Funding Information section of the application form that you would like for this studentship, giving the title of the project as above.
- Applications should include a CV, as well as transcripts of marks obtained on your degree (s) and the names and contact details of two academic referees.
- Please also include a statement explaining your suitability for the project.
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