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Classical simulations of quantum systems

Applications are invited for our EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships that will support six (6) research projects starting 1 October 2022. One of these projects is “Classical simulations of quantum systems led by Dr Shash Virmani in the Department of Mathematics

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £18,062 including outer London allowance plus payment of their full-time tuition fees for a period of 42 months (3.5 years).

You should be eligible for home (UK) tuition fees but there is a limited number of studentships (no more than two) available to overseas applicants, including EU nationals, who meet the entry criteria.

The Project

The race to build a quantum computer has brought more prominence to a longstanding problem – when quantum systems can, or cannot, be efficiently simulated on a conventional classical computer. Answers to this question could have dramatic consequences, as they could resolve questions concerning the power of computational algorithms, as well as lead to improved methods for simulating quantum systems. The project will aim to develop new approaches to the classical simulation of quantum systems.

Please contact Dr Shash Virmani at shash.virmani@brunel..ac.uk to find out more.


You will have or will receive an undergraduate degree classified at 1st class or 2:1 (honours) in mathematics. A postgraduate masters degree may be an advantage. Where appropriate, applicants must have English language proficiency to an overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Skills and Experience

You should have a solid background in a mathematical subject such as mathematics, theoretical physics, or theoretical computer science. You should be a highly motivated individual and possess a strong sense of curiosity. The ability to study independently, think critically and collaborate with others is essential.

How to apply

Email the documents below as a single PDF file to cedps-studentships@brunel.ac.uk by 16:00 on Friday 3 June 2022. Please state the name of the project supervisor in your email.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your 300-word personal statement setting out why you are suitable for this position;
  • Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Your English Language qualification of IELTS 6.5 overall or equivalent, if applicable;
  • Two references, one of which can be provided by a member of Brunel University academic staff.

Interviews will take place in June 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 - my research tab for details.

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