- Type of research degree
- Application deadline
- Ongoing deadline
- Country eligibility
- International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
- Competition funded
- Additional supervisors
- Dr David Jennings
- School of Physics and Astronomy
- Research groups/institutes
- Theoretical Physics
The past few years have seen the start of a &ldquo;quantum space race&rdquo; that is rapidly gaining momentum, and providing significant technological and conceptual breakthroughs. An array of global research centres, universities and companies are currently competing to develop a full-scale quantum computer. At the heart of this endeavour is a deep statement about physics, namely: Information is physical, and is drastically more powerful in quantum mechanics than in classical mechanics. Despite quantum theory being almost 100 years old, we are only now being to unravel this statement and to build devices that exploit this profound distinction.<br /> <br /> The PhD project will exploit recent techniques in quantum information theory and machine learning to develop novel quantum algorithms that could be realised on existing or near-term quantum devices (such as IBM&rsquo;s superconducting qubits that are already accessible online). Along the way, the project will also engage questions such as &ldquo;what constitutes a quantum programming language?&rdquo; and &ldquo;what physical quantum resources (like entanglement and coherence) are required to realise a quantum computation?&rdquo;.
<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/physics-research-degrees/doc/apply">University's website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section that the research degree you wish to be considered for is ‘Near-term development and implementation of quantum algorithms’ as well as <a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/physics/staff/5598/dr-david-jennings">Dr David Jennings</a> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University's minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>
Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.
The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid.
<p><strong>Self funding students are welcome to apply.</strong></p> <p><strong>UK</strong> – The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/138-leeds-doctoral-scholarships-2021-january-deadline">Leeds Doctoral Scholarship (January deadline)</a> and the <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/141-henry-ellison-scholarship-2021">Henry Ellison Scholarship</a> are available to UK applicants. The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/102-bell-burnell-scholarship-award-awarded-by-the-iop">Bell Burnell Scholarship Award</a> is available to support applicants who are from groups that are currently under-represented in physics (awarded by the IOP). <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Non-UK</strong> – The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/63-school-of-physics-astronomy-fee-only-scholarship">School of Physics & Astronomy Fee Only Scholarship</a> is available to support the additional academic fees of international applicants. The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/48-china-scholarship-council-university-of-leeds-scholarships-2021">China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds Scholarship</a> is available to nationals of China. The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/73-leeds-marshall-scholarship">Leeds Marshall Scholarship</a> is available to support US citizens. The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/102-bell-burnell-scholarship-award-awarded-by-the-iop">Bell Burnell Scholarship Award</a> is also available to international applicants and supports those who are from groups that are currently under-represented in physics (awarded by the IOP). <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p>
<p>For further information please contact Doctoral College Admissions by email: <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a> or by telephone: +44 (0)113 343 5057.</p>
<h3 class="heading heading--sm">Linked funding opportunities</h3>