Building a stronger, more resilient world

Sensors will help in making construction sites safer, enabling non-invasive brain imaging and strengthening our critical services

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Embracing a better future with quantum sensors.

£94 million

Treasury has committed £94 million to the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme for the second phase (2019-2024).

Gravity sensors

Quantum sensors have the potential to provide better sensitivity and reduced survey times, lowering survey costs and enabling a more prolific use of gravity surveys.

Quantum clocks

Quantum clocks will provide crucial resilience in a world overly reliant on GNSS networks, which faces multiple threats from malicious attacks like jamming, spoofing or state aggression, to rare but real perils like solar flares and space weather.

£23.5 million

Received in the second phase of the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing to develop real-world applications by harnessing the power of quantum physics. These will have significant impact in sectors important to the UK.

£4 billion

Quantum sensors will contribute over £4bn per year to the UK economy.

Magnetic sensors in healthcare

Innovation in quantum technology will improve our understanding of everything from basic cognition to dementia and ADHD

We’re working with businesses around the globe.

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The PhD Translational Quantum Technology programme offers a unique opportunity for students to undertake research in a multi-disciplinary environment with science, engineering and industry expertise. Hear it from our students:

I am a final year physics undergraduate at the University of Nottingham. For the past few years I have been a part of the outreach team working with Prof Matt Brookes and Prof Mark Fromhold (both part of the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing) at flagship science festivals such as The Royal Society Summer Science Festival, Cheltenham Science Festival and New Scientist Live. I hugely enjoy explaining our Hub work to the public at these events, and interacting with other scientists and potential future collaborators. It’s also been amazing to have the opportunity, especially as an undergraduate, to work with Hub researchers and see how their pioneering work feeds into the Hub. What excites me most about the Hub is being part of such a multi-disciplinary group working on really exciting science that has numerous, wide-ranging applications.  
I am currently in the final year of the PhD Translational Quantum Technology programme, and I’m focussing on developing integrated photonic circuits to help miniaturise quantum sensors. For my industrial placement, I worked at Compound Semiconductor Technologies Global (CSTG) which is a semiconductor company based in Glasgow. Here, I worked with Dr Iain Eddie, Senior Device Design Engineer, on an Innovate UK funded project, developing lasers for atomic clocks. I greatly enjoyed working in an industry environment, and I found that translating research into applications to be hugely motivating and exciting. My PhD research is similar to the work I undertook at CSTG, so this placement has been highly beneficial for me. A lot of companies look for industry experience so I’m glad to have this, and I have since had companies contact me with job opportunities through LinkedIn. Being part of the Quantum Technology Hub community means that you’re able to get involved in end-user applications arising from scientific research, which is a great opportunity.
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PhD studentships

PhD Studentship in the development of a Bose-Einstein condensate magnetic microscope

PhD Studentship in the development of a modular and compact source of Bose-Einstein condensates

PhD Studentship in the study of out-of-equilibrium dynamics in Bose-Einstein condensates

PhD Studentship in brain imaging (MEG) with quantum magnetometer arrays

PhD Studentship on the development of a quantum magnetic imaging array for characterisation of electric vehicle batteries

PhD Studentship on the development of modular optically-pumped magnetometers for quantum sensing applications

PhD position in Quantum Magnetometers for Imaging the Heart

PDRA to work on computational modelling of gravity aided map-matching navigation for railway applications

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