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Non-invasive quantum bio-sensors

PGR-P-710

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Friday 17 April 2020
Project start date
Thursday 1 October 2020
Country eligibility
UK and EU
Funding
Competition funded
Source of funding
Research council
Supervisors
Dr Almut Beige and Professor Gin Jose
Schools
School of Chemical and Process Engineering, School of Physics and Astronomy
Research groups/institutes
Functional Materials, Products and Devices, Theoretical Physics
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Since it has become apparent that many of the strange implications of quantum physics can be used to completely transform how we process information and how we sense our environment, quantum technology has become a very rapidly growing area of research. Nowadays, applications of quantum sensors range from electric and magnetic field measurements to medical applications. Many of those sensors take advantage of light-matter interactions at the quantum level and extract information from fluorescence measurements.

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

<h5>Project</h5> <p>During this PhD project, you will join a team which is designing, testing and refining non-invasive quantum sensors which detect bio-molecule concentrations, like blood glucose levels. Our aim is to establish the sensing principle for small and large molecules so as to enable a generic approach for noninvasive sensing which can be adapted to emerging and existing healthcare requirements.&nbsp;</p> <h5>Methodology</h5> <p>This project is a joint project between the School of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Chemical and Process Engineering and potentially involves theoretical as well as experimental work. Depending on your interests, you might become involved in the quantum optical modeling of the proposed sensing technology. Or you might perform experiments which increase our understanding of the physical principles, on which non-invasive quantum bio-sensors are based. The ultimate goal of this PhD project is to develop tools which will allow us to obtain even more information from fluorescence signals of the same strength, for example, through photon correlation measurements.&nbsp;</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 &ldquo;Non-invasive quantum bio-sensors&rdquo;&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;<a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/physics/staff/4099/dr-almut-beige">Dr Almut Beige</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 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">Funding on offer</h2>

<p><strong>UK/EU</strong>&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Engineering &amp; Physical Sciences Research Council Studentship&nbsp;for 3.5 years. A full standard studentship consists of academic fees (&pound;4,600 in Session 2020/21), together with a maintenance grant (&pound;15,009 in Session 2019/20) paid at standard Research Council rates. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course.&nbsp;&nbsp;Funding is awarded on a competitive basis.</p>

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

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


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