Quantum‑Enhanced Imaging in Extreme Environments

The Single‑Photon Group at Heriot‑Watt University offer a four year fully funded PhD position examining aspects of single‑photon and quantum‑enhanced imaging.

This PhD will involve working with the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum‑Enhanced Imaging which is a EPSRC funded £25m consortium of major UK Universities and major industrial companies.

Position available

Next Generation Components for Quantum Communications

The Single‑Photon Group at Heriot‑Watt University offer a four year fully funded PhD position examining aspects of quantum communications, including quantum amplifiers and quantum random number generators.

This PhD will involve working with the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Communications which is a EPSRC funded £25m consortium of major UK Universities and major industrial companies.

Position available

Single‑Photon Detectors

Single‑photon detectors are the key components behind many of the new and emerging photonic technologies. Single‑photon detection at visible and low‑end near infrared wavelengths (in the range 400 to 1060 nm) based on silicon (Si) is a relatively mature technology with several efficient devices commercially available but single‑photon detectors for longer wavelengths are still largely experimental.

We are offering a four year fully funded PhD position in semiconductor single‑photon detector design and characterisation for quantum circuitry applications.

Position not available

Free‑space quantum communications

Applied research exploring free‑space quantum communications from short‑range “last‑mile” links up to long‑distance satellite links. The researcher will investigate the application of novel photonic technology in free‑space quantum communications.

We are offering a 3.5 years fully funded PhD position (UK only) in free‑space quantum communications and free‑space optical design/construction.

Position available

Novel optical beam steering for quantum communications

Applied research exploring novel devices and techniques for optical beam steering and adaptive optics. The work is primarily aimed at quantum communication applications, but has broader context in long distance laser communications, e.g. deep space. The project will involve simulations, hands‑on lab work, and experimental field trials. Previous experience with optoelectronic devices is essential. The candidate would join a research team with extensive research infrastructure and collaborative links to industry.

Position available