PhD studentship

ICASE funding awarded for quantum timing PhD studentship

8th February 2021
PhD studentship

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has awarded ICASE (Industrial Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology) funding to the University of Birmingham, lead partner for the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing, and BAE Systems, for a PhD studentship within the quantum timing and radar teams.

The ICASE programme aims to provide students with challenging research training experience, within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration – in this instance, between an academic organisation and industry company.

Through the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing, the successful PhD applicant will benefit from government investment exceeding £3.5million, including access to commercial optical low phase noise oscillators and holographic radar systems, as well as world-leading expertise from the University’s quantum timing and radar teams.

The proposed PhD work will aim to investigate the limitations to detections in identifying targets through ‘clutter’ – unwanted items and non-target objects. Examples of this include detecting airliners in and above mountainous regions for air traffic control purposes, or naval navigation radars to provide safe passage of ships at sea.

The successful candidate will explore the benefits of emerging technologies, especially quantum enabled low phase noise oscillators, in conjunction with high speed analogue to digital (A/D)  & digital to analogue (D/A) converters and Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs).

If you would like further information about this ICASE PhD studentship, please contact Dr Yeshpal Singh at