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Classical models of quantum information systems

Applications are invited for our EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentship for the project “Classical models of quantum information systems” starting 1 April 2022. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £17,609, including inner London weighting, plus payment of their full-time tuition fees for a period of 36-months (3 years).

Applicants must be classified as a home (UK) tuition fee paying student to be eligible for this studentship.

The Project

This exciting research project is focused on developing models that mimic the behaviour of complex quantum systems that arise in the context of quantum information processing, and understand their complexity. Progress in this question has significance for our fundamental understanding of quantum matter as well as the drive towards demonstrating quantum computational supremacy over classical computational methods.

Please contact Dr Shashank Virmani at shashank.virmani@brunel.ac.uk to arrange an informal discussion about the project.



Skills and Experience

Applicants should have a background in mathematics, physics, or quantum computing, with some exposure to quantum physics or quantum information theory, and an enthusiasm for working on fundamental problems in the field. Applicants should be motivated to work on fundamental problems in the field, and have a strong sense of curiosity. You should be able to work independently as well as in a team, collaborate with others and communicate effectively.

Academic Entry Criteria

You will have or be expected to receive a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science or a similar discipline. A masters degree is not required but may be an advantage.


How to apply

Please submit the documents below as a single PDF file by email to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 14:00 on Monday 28 February 2022.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your personal statement (300 to 500 words) summarising your background, skills and experience. Please state the name of the project supervisor at the top of your personal statement;
  • Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Your English Language qualification of IELTS 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all sections) or equivalent, if applicable;
  • Contact details for TWO referees, one of whom can be a member of Brunel University academic staff.

Interviews will take place in early/mid-March 2022.

Meet the Supervisor(s)

Shash Virmani - I am a theoretical physicist working in the theory of quantum information and computation. My research to date has covered aspects of entanglement theory, architectures for quantum computing, quantum channel capacities, classical simulation of quantum systems, and the construction of local hidden variable models. For more details on my research, please see my research tab. We sometimes have PhD studentships available - whenever one is available I'll put a note on that research tab.