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Near-term development and implementation of quantum algorithms

PGR-P-465

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Funding
Non-funded
Additional supervisors
Dr David Jennings
Schools
School of Physics and Astronomy
Research groups/institutes
Theoretical Physics
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

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. 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;.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>The earliest start date for this project is 1 October 2020.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/physics-research-degrees/doc/apply">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is &lsquo;Near-term development and implementation of quantum algorithms&rsquo; as well as&nbsp;<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&#39;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>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

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.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

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.

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact Doctoral College Admissions by&nbsp;email: <a href="mailto:maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk">maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk</a>&nbsp;or by&nbsp;telephone: +44 (0)113 343 5057.</p>


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