Quantum Computing Theory

Supervisor(s)

Contact Dr David Jennings to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

We are currently in the middle of a "quantum space race" that is rapidly gaining momentum, and providing both technological and conceptual breakthroughs. At present an array of global research centres, universities and companies are competing to develop a full-scale quantum computer.

At the heart of this endeavour is the claim that: "Information is a fundamental aspect of the laws of physics, and information processing using quantum mechanics can be drastically more powerful than using classical mechanics." Despite quantum mechanics being almost 100 years old, we are only now starting to unpack these concepts and build devices to exploit this profound difference between classical and quantum physics.

The focus right now is to realise quantum algorithms for the so-called "Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum" NISQ regime. This is a rapidly developing field, and it is speculated that within the next year we could witness a major milestone: the first quantum computation that drastically out-performs any classical computer.

The focus of the PhD project will be the development of quantum algorithms with the aim of near-term implementation on NISQ machines. The project will primarily involve the theoretical analysis of quantum algorithms and their implementations, but it could also involve the study of structural features of quantum information theory relevant to the NISQ regime (such as quantum entanglement).

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK first class or Masters degree (or equivalent) in Computing, Physics or Mathematics or a related discipline, and some familiarity with quantum theory. Computing and programming experience is particularly welcome, but not essential.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University's minimum English Language requirements.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is the 'Quantum Computing Theory' as well as Dr David Jennings as your proposed supervisor.

We welcome scholarship 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.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office, e: maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk