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University of Southampton, England invites online Application for number of  Fully Funded PhD Degree at various Departments. We are providing a list of Fully Funded PhD Programs available at University of Southampton, England.

Eligible candidate may Apply as soon as possible.

 

(01) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: CFD and data-driven modelling for Accurate Force and Acoustic Predictions

This project is dedicated to the creation of a comprehensive numerical framework, with the primary objective of comprehending and simulating unsteady boundary layers on dynamic geometries. 

The research of alternative novel propulsion systems relies on the capability to produce reliable and predictive numerical simulations of such systems including details of the moving parts. In recent years, substantial advancements have been achieved in the fields of Large Eddy Simulation (LES) and Immersed Boundary (IB) modeling techniques, paving the way for accurate predictions of time-dependent flow patterns around complex and dynamic marine structures.

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(02) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Generation after next fibre lasers for defence and security applications

This project will contribute to a major Ministry of Defence (MoD) research programme intended to develop generation after next technologies for applications in defence and security. 

Fibre lasers have become the laser technology of choice for applications requiring high power, good beam quality and high efficiency. This has revolutionised industrial processing of materials and is one of the enabling technologies in emerging applications in defence and security. To date, much of the effort has focussed on ytterbium doped fibre lasers, but this technology is now approaching the fundamental limits. 

Thulium (Tm) doped fibre lasers operate in the two-micron band and have numerous potential advantages from an applications perspective and for operation at high power levels. Thus, the goal of this project is to explore the power scaling limits of Tm-doped fibre laser and amplifiers.

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(03) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: In-situ management of nuclear site contaminants: harnessing electrokinetic approaches

Working with the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), this project will develop new in-situ systems for contaminant and risk management at nuclear (and other) sites, based on novel electrokinetic approaches developed at the University of Southampton.

Electrokinetic remediation or risk management, involving the application of an electric current to remobilise, force migrate or contain soil or groundwater contaminants, has been successfully demonstrated in a number of field environments. 

Its strengths are its low-intrusive nature, its ability to influence contaminants at depth and over distance, and its ability to exert a range of chemical conditions (pH, Eh) in the subsurface conducive to either contaminant immobilisation or migration. 

Deadline : 17 May 2024

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(04) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Next generation high power fibre lasers in the visible and ultraviolet wavelength bands

Scaling laser power in the visible and ultraviolet bands remains as one of the most significant challenges facing laser scientists, motivated by the needs of a growing number of applications in areas such laser processing of materials, medicine, sensing, defence and quantum technology. 

Traditional methods for accessing this wavelength regime are not compatible with operation at high power levels and so a different approach is needed. Our approach offers the prospect of unprecedented wavelength coverage across the entire visible and UV wavelength bands at very high-power levels and with high overall efficiency. 

The project will involve a detailed study into the physics of nonlinear frequency-converted fibre lasers operated at very high-power levels to formulate a strategy for power scaling and to determine the fundamental limits. The use of techniques, such as coherent beam combination, will also be explored for increasing power beyond the limit of a single source.

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(05) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: High Energy Laser Beam Combination and Propagation of Tailored Beams

This project will contribute to a major Ministry of Defence (MoD) research programme intended to develop generation after next technologies for applications in defence and security. 

The project will have two main themes:

  • exploring coherent beam combination to increase laser power well beyond the fundamental limits of a single laser. The emphasis of the work will be to investigate an all-fibre approach to eliminate or reduce the need for free-space optical components. 
  • exploring whether beams with tailored profiles in terms of phase, intensity and polarisation can offer advantages in terms of atmospheric propagation and overall effect. 

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(06) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Application of Linear-Scaling Quantum Mechanics Methods to Hydrogen Transport Through Complex Materials

The aim of this research is to develop and demonstrate capabilities to explore hydrogen diffusion mechanisms and paths in actinide materials. As a further target, investigation of surface adsorption of hydrogen will be carried out to understand how hydrogen enters the bulk to diffuse and how this process is affected by surface termination and conditions such as pressure and temperature, or even presence of solvents. 

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(07) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Disrupting oral biofilm formation & maturation: Covalently inhibiting glucan sucrases from Streptococci

This research will focus on oral biofilms and their effects on oral health. The project is highly multidisciplinary and will pioneer a novel approach to control the formation and maturation of biofilm within the oral microbiome, combining the latest chemical biology technique with microbiological methods. 

Oral biofilms aggressively developing on dental surfaces are linked to numerous human oral illnesses. Biofilms comprise a microbe-derived extracellular-matrix and with biofilm maturation, constituent matrix exopolysaccharides formed on tooth surfaces provide binding-sites and optimal environments for microbes’ growth, leading to pathogenesis. It is thus crucial to understand relationships between biofilm maturation and oral pathogenesis.

Formation and maturation of oral biofilms are affected by key enzymes. We will attempt to control such enzymes’ activity through chemical inhibitors and probes. This project combines a wide variety of expertise including carbohydrate chemistry, enzymology, molecular biology, and microbiology to provide an insight into the oral biofilm’s impact on the oral health.

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(08) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: High precision time-resolved thrust measurement and Two-dimensional plasma plume diagnostics

This project offers a unique opportunity to develop a high precision time-resolved thrust balance and optical diagnostics to characterise the spatial distribution of plasma plume generated by a plasma thruster.

Your research will contribute developing a novel plasma thruster, called ALPS (ALl-printed Propulsion System) by:

  • Characterising plasma plumes and their interactions: You will provide a comprehensive set of time-resolved plasma parameters in plasma plume generated by ALPS, and you will investigate how a magnetic nozzle can affect the plume expansion.
  • Measuring thrust under wide operating conditions: High-resolution thrust stand using magnetic levitation will be designed to provide direct thrust measurements with temporal resolution. Using the developed thrust stand, you will investigate the effect of energy input on the ALPS performance and develop an electromagnetic acceleration mechanism on the ALPS.

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(09) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Covalent inhibition of streptococcal glucan sucrases to disrupt oral biofilm development

This project will pioneer a novel chemical strategy to control the formation and maturation of biofilm in the oral microbiome using small molecules. 

Oral biofilm is implicated not only in caries but also in wider oral health and pathology. The formation and maturation of oral biofilm are considered to be affected by some key enzymes. We will attempt to control these enzymes using small molecules.

This highly multidisciplinary project combines a wide variety of expertise including carbohydrate chemistry, enzymology, molecular biology, and microbiology to provide chemical tools to crack the code of oral biofilm’s impact on the oral health. 

You will design, synthesise and test small molecules that can control the activity of key enzymes of oral biofilms. You will also express target enzymes to test synthesised small molecules and work on oral bacteria and the oral microbiome model for validation of our strategy.

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(10) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Large-scale electrochemical DFT models of a PEM hydrogen fuel cell

Proton-exchange Membrane (PEM) hydrogen fuel cells are an emerging technology for environmentally sustainable transport and other carbon-neutral energy applications. A crucial component of these devices are the metallic catalyst nanoparticles which allow the chemical reactions to take place at fast rates. 

The aim of this PhD is to use cutting-edge quantum (DFT, DFTB) and classical (machine learnt force fields) atomistic simulations of nanoparticles of relevant size, composition and support, to develop advanced models to optimise the rate determining steps of the operation of hydrogen fuel cells. You will use new developments in the ONETEP linear-scaling DFT code to include the environment of solvent, electrolyte and constant potential which will allow to do simulations under electrochemical conditions. 

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(11) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Molecular mechanisms of peroxisome formation and function in human health and disease

Why do cells need peroxisomes? In this project we will use a combination of molecular and cell biological techniques to understand the role that peroxisomes play in neuronal development and stress response. We will establish tools to investigate peroxisome formation and function based on the peroxisomal probes developed in the lab.

Peroxisomes are pan-eukaryotic organelles that regulate lipid and oxidative metabolism of the cell. Peroxisome dysregulation due to known mutations in peroxisomal genes causes a spectrum of incurable rare neurodegenerative conditions – Peroxisome Biogenesis Disorders (PBD). 

Despite our understanding of PBD genetics and peroxisome biogenesis (formation and function) mechanisms, PBD molecular pathology remains poorly understood. In this project we will investigate the molecular mechanisms of peroxisome formation and function, focusing on the role of peroxisomes in neuronal development. 

Deadline : 1 Jun 2024

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(12) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Does systemic inflammation accelerate tau spreading by promoting glial activation?

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease, with a complex biology. We aim to explore the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying tau pathology in the absence or presence of systemic inflammation. The results may lead to improved understanding of the biological mechanism underlying spreading of Tau in the AD-affected brain.

Build-up of ‘amyloid plaques’ in the brain is recognised as an early feature of Alzheimer’s Disease, but the presence of tau tangles or inflammation better predicts memory loss. Tau tangles can spread through the brain affecting a whole network of neurons. Using an experimental model of AD, we showed that systemic inflammation accelerates the spreading of tau, possibly due to activation of microglial cells. 

This research aims to explore the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying accelerated tau pathology following systemic inflammation. You will use an experimental model to study the effect of a real live, systemic bacterial infection on glial activation, tau pathology and amyloid load. By exploring different time points we aim to identify how, and when, different cell types contribute to the spreading of tau. 

Deadline : 17 May 2024

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(13) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD scholarships in strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship

Southampton Business School has an ambitious quality-driven strategy of growth and our research is recognised throughout the global academic community. 

We are seeking talented and motivated individuals with PhD proposals in strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship.

We welcome applications that will develop an interdisciplinary approach to addressing real-world challenges. For example, enhancing organisational sustainability might require a combination of leadership, finance, governance, accounting, and strategy. 

You are invited to propose transformative research that challenges conventional disciplinary boundaries to help solve real-world problems. This will contribute to addressing the evolving challenges of business. 

Deadline : 9 May 2024

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(14) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD scholarships in HR management and organisational behaviour

We are seeking talented and motivated individuals with PhD proposals in the following areas:

  • human resource management
  • organisational behaviour
  • industrial or employment relations
  • employment studies
  • organisational studies
  • labour economics
  • work sociology

Deadline : 9 May 2024

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(15) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD scholarships in digital and data driven marketing

We are seeking talented and motivated individuals with PhD proposals in marketing specific topics such as:

  • advertising
  • branding
  • consumer behaviour
  • digital and social media marketing
  • international marketing
  • relationship marketing
  • retail and marketing strategy in B2C, B2B and C2C contexts

Deadline : 9 May 2024

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(16) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD scholarships in decision analytics and risk

We are seeking talented and motivated individuals with expertise in business analytics and risk analysis. Areas for research include: 

  • assessment and quantification of risk
  • understanding of risk behaviour
  • information systems
  • management science 
  • operations management

Deadline : 9 May 2024

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(17) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD scholarships in banking and finance

Southampton Business School has an ambitious quality-driven strategy of growth and our research is recognised throughout the global academic community. 

We are seeking talented and motivated individuals with expertise in Big Data Modelling to develop new approaches to identifying patterns in Big Data.

We welcome applications that will develop an interdisciplinary approach to addressing real-world challenges. For example, enhancing organisational sustainability might require a combination of leadership, finance, governance, accounting, and strategy. 

You are invited to propose transformative research that challenges conventional disciplinary boundaries to help solve real-world problems. This will contribute to addressing the evolving challenges of business. 

You will have a creative and a collaborative spirit and create positive outcomes by bridging practice and intersectionality of disciplines. This will help prepare leaders and members of organisations for the future of work, business and entrepreneurship.

Deadline : 9 May 2024

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(18) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD scholarships in accounting

We are seeking talented and motivated individuals with an interest in all areas of accounting.

Priority accounting research areas include:

  • Corporate Governance 
  • Sustainability Practices and Reporting

We welcome applications that will develop an interdisciplinary approach to addressing real-world challenges. For example, enhancing organisational sustainability might require a combination of leadership, finance, governance, accounting, and strategy. 

You are invited to propose transformative research that challenges conventional disciplinary boundaries to help solve real-world problems. This will contribute to addressing the evolving challenges of business. 

Deadline : 9 May 2024

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(19) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: CURIOSITY: Cryosphere and Underwater Remote Inspection using Optic-fibre based Sustainable noise-Interferometry

This project aims to combine passive acoustic noise interferometry and distributed acoustic sensing of seafloor cables embedded with machine learning. This novel, coherent combination will sustainably enable at low-cost, spatially resolved high-resolution real-time insights into physical attributes such as temperature, water-velocity or pressure of the water column and the cryosphere. 

Deadline : 6 May 2024

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(20) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Improved prediction and forecasting of coastal compound flood hazard around the UK

In low-lying coastal regions, flooding often arises from more than one drive such as oceanographic, fluvial or pluvial, a phenomenon that is known as ‘compound flooding’. This PhD will use a new km-scale system coupling atmosphere, land, waves and ocean. Modelling experiments across weather and climate timescales will further our understanding and improve the prediction of compound events and their potential changes in the future.

Deadline : 6 May 2024

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(21) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Quantifying Discretisation Error in Climate Models

The focus of the project will be on developing new methodology which takes probabilistic numerical methods from largely limited to linear PDEs to being applicable to highly nonlinear PDEs such as Navier-Stokes. The project will involve applying techniques from statistics, data assimilation and machine learning to devise and analyse new probabilistic solvers, developing high-performance implementations of those solvers, and deploying them on HPC facilities to quantify discretisation error in chaotic phenomena such as eddy diffusivity the famous MITgcm model.

Deadline : 6 May 2024

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(22) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Detecting rapid changes and tipping points in the abyssal ocean circulation

The abyssal ocean circulation is key to Earth’s climate. Numerical models suggest that the circulation is slowing down dramatically. However, no approach exists to observe the circulation’s variability. This project will develop and apply the first approach to detect changes in the abyssal circulation from oceanic variables measurable from satellites.

Deadline : 6 May 2024

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(23) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: AI Powered Personalized Virtual Heart Modelling

In this unique PhD project, we aim to develop advanced AI models for creating cardiac digital twins such as virtual heart models. We will employ the dataset (imaging, ECG, electronic medical records, etc) collected from the patients, to accurately modelling the anatomy and simulate the function of patients’ diseased hearts. These models, coupled with machine learning techniques, contribute to the identification of crucial mechanistic relationships and features that offer insights into the trajectory of a patient’s heart condition. 

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(24) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: On-chip quantum cryptography using two-dimensional materials

In this PhD project, you will use two-dimensional (2D) materials as single-photon light sources. Strain and defect engineering in 2D materials can result in in-gap discrete energy levels in the electronic structure of the material, leading to the creation of single and entangled photon sources. The wavelength can vary from visible to near IR depending on the chosen material. Once the photo-emitters are generated in the 2D materials, they can be transferred onto almost any arbitrary substrates including silicon photonic circuits (waveguides, couplers, photonic crystal cavities, etc.), making them an even more attractive candidate for on-chip photon sources. Key challenges will be understanding the nature of the single and entangled photon emission in this family of materials and tailoring their properties to their potential usage in quantum communications.

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(25) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Integrated ultra-high-Q ring resonators for the frequency stabilisation of atom-trap clocks

Join the forefront of Quantum Technology Engineering at the University of Southampton. In collaboration with esteemed partners Caltech (California Institute of Technology) and Aquark Technologies Ltd., we are offering a unique PhD opportunity to develop ultra-high-Q ring resonators, pivotal in advancing atom trap clock technology. This project is not just about research; it’s about making a tangible impact in the field of quantum engineering.

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(26) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Quantum nanomaterials revolution

This PhD project aims to delve into the conceptualization, refinement, and evaluation of QD nanostructure devices tailored for diverse quantum technology applications. The exploration will focus on pioneering nanostructure designs capable of achieving significantly enhanced coupling between QDs and light, potentially elevating both the brightness and operational temperature of the QD photon source. 

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(27) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Quantum spin dynamics and how to make it faster

The University of Southampton is expanding its PhD research in the area of Quantum Technology Engineering. In addition to the research project outlined below you will receive substantial training in scientific, technical, and commercial skills.

Spin is a relativistic property of elementary particles that is responsible for all magnetic processes used in chemistry, engineering, medicine, and computer science, such as magnetic data recording, magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging, magnetoresistance in conductors or multiferroic materials.

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(28) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Magnetic resonance spectroscopy & imaging at the quantum mechanical performance limit

Magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging are quantum technologies that use spin, a property of elementary particles that gives them magnetic moments. Strong magnetic fields do not harm chemical systems or biological tissues, they are therefore widely used in chemistry, pharmacology, and medicine.
 
Quantum mechanics sets fundamental limits on how quickly and precisely magnetic processes can run; this matters in MRI where the time a patient spends inside the magnet must be minimised. Modern equipment performs far below those limits, and the objective of this project is to design magnetic resonance methods that achieve the best performance permitted by the fundamental constraints of quantum theory.

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(29) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Driven propagation of quantum order down a nuclear spin wire

Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is a widespread quantum technology that exploits the quantum magnetic properties of atomic nuclei to probe the dynamics and structure of matter, using strong magnetic fields. One example of an NMR technique is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which is of great clinical importance. 
 
This project explores a new concept which is called a “nuclear spin wire”. This refers to a molecular arrangement in which a set of nuclear spins are coupled to each other in an extended, roughly linear, arrangement. 
 
We will develop and demonstrate methods for driving nuclear spin order from one end of the wire to the other, using applied magnetic fields. If successful, this phenomenon will become an experimental tool with applications over a range of areas including biomolecular structure determination, chemical structure investigations, and hyperpolarised magnetic resonance imaging. 

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(30) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Symmetry-based optimal control of nuclear spins

This project concerns the design and implementation of radiofrequency waveforms in order to control the quantum dynamics of nuclear magnetism with high robustness and precision, in order to optimise advanced NMR experiments, with applications over a range of areas including biomolecular structure determination, chemical structure investigations, and hyperpolarised magnetic resonance imaging. The project will be a combination of theory, simulation, and experiment.

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(31) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Molecular design of rare-earth-ion complexes for quantum light-matter interactions on nanophotonic platforms

Membrane quantum well lasers contact-bonded onto the surface of sapphire or silicon carbide have been demonstrated to create perfect Gaussian beams. We have the capability to release these membranes and position them in the integrated photonics cleanroom on top of substrates and we have demonstrated external cavity lasing with them.
 
We will work to create optical vortex beams using these Lasers and incorporate in the cavities meta-surfaces to be able to control the beam output. Meta-surfaces, harnessing subwavelength 2D nanostructures, commonly referred to as meta-atoms, arranged in either a periodic or aperiodic fashion, have garnered growing interest for their extraordinary ability to control light in both classical and quantum light (see Nature Photonics 15, 327 (2021)).
 
You will focus on developing the quantum well membrane lasers in combination with meta-surfaces to manipulate the emission properties and chirality. Vortex beams have applications in imaging, quantum computing, optical tweezers and communications.

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(32) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Mid-infrared photonics for room temperature quantum technologies

Quantum entanglement is fragile and present-day quantum computers usually require to be cooled down at milli-Kelvin temperatures to work, which require the use of cumbersome and very expensive dilution fridges.
 
At Southampton, we’re breaking barriers toward operating quantum technologies at room temperature. Our groundbreaking development of phonon-polariton buses utilizes hybrid photon-phonon quasiparticles to transmit quantum information without the need for the costly and bulky dilution fridges that milli-Kelvin environments demand. The next ambitious step will be integrating these buses with established qubit technologies as defects in diamond and Silicon Carbide.
 
You’ll embark on a theoretical exploration, modeling the transmission of quantum data across diverse photonic and phononic systems. Your challenge is to assess the efficacy of these buses in practical quantum computing applications, aiming for optimal fidelity in every task.

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(33) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Experiments to generate macroscopic quantum states

This PhD project will probe into macroscopic limits of quantum mechanics. You will take part in generating macroscopic quantum states by putting nanoparticles in spatial superpositions analogous to matterwave interferometry. Modifications of quantum theory such as decoherence and collapse models predict that we will fail in this attempt fundamentally at computable levels of macroscopicity which is a superb playing field for testing conventional and less conventional fundamental physics ideas. 

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(34) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Quantum control of magnetic processes

Magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging are quantum technologies that use spin, a property of elementary particles that gives them magnetic moments. Strong magnetic fields do not harm chemical systems or biological tissues, they are therefore widely used in chemistry, pharmacology, and medicine.
 
Both technologies require elaborate hardware, control algorithms, and data processing methods; this project is about improving those. You will be using quantum control theory and machine learning methods to improve speed, sensitivity, and resolution of magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging.

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(35) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Sensors for small acceleration detection for gravimetry and magnetometry in real world environments & in space

This PhD project will contribute to provide sensors to operate at real world settings to the acceleration noise level of 10-10 m/s2/√Hz based on demonstrated levitated mechanics experiment in our Southampton labs.
 
Our mechanical sensors will allow to significantly improve the ability to track masses to monitor their movement and change, as well as to detect magnetic fields at record low levels. Sensors are based on optical and magnetic trapping of millimetre-sized particles in vacuum and are realised on compact platforms in remote operation. 
 
Some sensors are optimised for use of small satellites for geodesy and consistent data production for processes relevant from climate change. Other sensors are portable on ground including under water. The operation of multiple sensors as integrated network will be used to enhance spatial as well as temporal resolution for specific sensing applications. 

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(36) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Experiments for testing gravity of small masses

You will join our ongoing effort for setting up two-mass (source mass and probe mass) experiments in low-noise settings for probing the inverse square law scaling for accelerations below 10-11 m/s2. Modifications of gravity, such as by new particles and interactions, predict deviations from Newton’s law and indeed the general relativistic scaling with distance. Gravity has never been tested in this regime and opposing theoretical predictions exist about what we might find in our experiments. 
 
One big question we aim to explore is how the gravity generated by a mass in spatial superposition actually looks like. We will probe gravity in a new regime for small acceleration and small source masses. Our experiments -which you will join- are using levitated mechanics, where optical, electric, or magnetic fields are used to trap nanometre to micrometre sized particles in vacuum, which are superb probes of gravity, and are optimised to reduce systemic effects.
 
We are looking for students with a keen interest in table-top gravity experiments on the boundary to quantum mechanics. Our experiments are notoriously pushing the boundaries of technical capabilities in a fundamental physics context and we are looking for motivated people who share such ambition.

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(37) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Advancing quantum insights in memristor-based devices

The overarching goal is to harness quantum phenomena for advancing new information processing technologies. Recent studies have highlighted that memristive elements, known for their resistive switching capabilities through the electrochemical formation and rupture of conductive nanofilaments, also demonstrate quantum conductance effects at room temperature. This project will build upon this foundational knowledge to explore the potential of SiC-based memristors in quantum computing applications.
 
The research will encompass a thorough investigation of the fundamental electrochemical and physicochemical phenomena that underlie the functionalities of these devices. Special attention will be given to the electronic conduction in nanofilaments and its implications for quantum conductance. A significant part of the research will be devoted to developing methodologies for creating and controlling atomic-sized conductive filaments in SiC-based memristors.
 
Through this project, the PhD candidate will contribute to the field by addressing the current gap in understanding the quantum effects in memristive devices. The research outcomes are expected to pave the way for potential applications in next-generation memories, neuromorphic computing architectures, and integrated quantum systems, revolutionizing the landscape of information processing technologies. The student will have the opportunity to join a dynamic research team and have access to advanced nanofabrication as well as electronic characterization facilities in the state-of-art Southampton Nanofabrication Centre. The student will benefit from academic research expertise from a dynamic supervisory team from both ECS and Engineering.

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(38) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Nonreciprocal quantum metasurfaces for next generation telecommunication systems

This research focuses on the development of Nonreciprocal quantum metasurfaces for the next generation of telecommunication systems, merging academic excellence with a strong emphasis on enterprise collaborations.
 
While static metasurfaces have proven efficient in manipulating electromagnetic waves, they are constrained by inherent reciprocity and fixed time-/frequency-invariant responses. In response to these limitations, our project introduces a groundbreaking approach: active nonreciprocal quantum metasurfaces. These dynamic solutions enable the generation, guidance, and control of quantum states of light. 
 
This breakthrough technology holds immense promise for applications in free-space quantum communication, quantum information processing, quantum computation, and quantum imaging. By providing versatility, reciprocity control, and the ability to translate frequencies for electromagnetic waves, these metasurfaces have the potential to revolutionize the field of telecommunications. 

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(39) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Using machine learning for designs of resource-aware variational quantum algorithms

Recent research objectives in noisy intermediate-scale quantum (NISQ) algorithms seek to exploit hard-won gains in quantum hardware developments to access computational results that challenge classical computers. Variational quantum algorithms (VQA) are a family of methods that optimise the parameterisation of quantum circuits to approximate expectation values of properties measured on quantum states. The expressive power of these parameterised circuits in VQA depends on the ansätze designed for a particular problem. 
 
In addition to expressivity, limitations on error-correction in NISQ hardware imply the amplification of errors with the depth of quantum circuits, further constraining the design space. Machine learning (ML) methods are being developed to navigate this design space using hybrid methods, and this will be the focus of this project. ML methods that operate by reducing an appropriately defined loss function by gradient descent are also generically known to encounter a ‘barren valleys’ problem which hinders access to the parameterised space, prompting a further reconsideration of the circuit ansatz. 

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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(40) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: Light-Matter Interaction for Quantum Materials Engineering

Our pioneering research has shown how interactions between matter and the quantum vacuum in nanophotonic devices can significantly alter the electronic and optical properties of materials. Our goal is now to turn our discoveries into useful tools to design and fabricate engineered quantum materials enabling applications in sensing, quantum computing, and quantum optoelectronics.
You will engage in the theoretical investigation of light-matter coupling phenomena, with the aim to test and optimize accurate protocols for designing photonic and electronic states that can be dynamically modified in a controllable manner.
 
You will gain expertise in cavity-based quantum systems, ranging from atomic and molecular gases to solid-state semiconductor heterostructures and 2D metamaterial devices. Along the way, you will master a variety of scientific tools, including analytical techniques and numerical modeling methods, as well as gain experience with software like COMSOL and other multiphysics simulation tools.
 
The project involves collaboration with various experimental groups overseas, primarily in Europe, offering you the chance to travel, network, and work alongside leading experts in the fabrication and measurement of quantum nanostructures to test your theoretical predictions. You will also have opportunities to present your results at both national and international conferences and workshops. Join us on this exciting journey at the forefront of quantum technologies. 

Deadline : 31 Aug 2024

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The University of Southampton (abbreviated as Soton in post-nominal letters) is a public research university in Southampton, England. Southampton is a founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities in the United Kingdom, and ranked in the top 100 universities in the world.

The university has seven campuses. The main campus is located in the Highfield area of Southampton and is supplemented by four other campuses within the city: Avenue Campus housing the School of Humanities, the National Oceanography Centre housing courses in Ocean and Earth Sciences, Southampton General Hospital offering courses in Medicine and Health Sciences, and Boldrewood Campus housing an engineering and maritime technology campus and Lloyd’s Register. In addition, the university operates a School of Art based in nearby Winchester and an international branch in Malaysia offering courses in Engineering. Each campus is equipped with its own library facilities. The annual income of the institution for 2021–22 was £666.8 million of which £114 million was from research grants and contracts, with an expenditure of £733.7 million.

 

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