Postgraduate research opportunities Developing quantum algorithms for practical applications

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Key facts

  • Opens: Wednesday 1 December 2021
  • Number of places: 1
  • Duration: 42 months
  • Funding: International fee, Home fee, Equipment costs, Travel costs, Stipend

Overview

You'll tackle some of the many open problems that stand in the way of using quantum computers to speed up scientific computing, and test your ideas on real quantum computers.
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Eligibility

A good first degree (minimum BSc 2:1, Masters preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject(s), for example:

  • physics
  • computer Science
  • mathematics
THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner
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Project Details

One of the most important areas of research to make quantum computers useful is developing practical quantum algorithms. There is a substantial body of knowledge about the theoretical capabilities of quantum algorithms, given ideal quantum computers, but this is quite far removed from what is needed to run on real quantum computers being built today.

In this project, you'll tackle some of the many open problems that stand in the way of using quantum computers to speed up scientific computing. Collaborating with computational scientists to understand what their applications do is a key aspect of the project. This includes teams of academics and postdocs who are working on applications to fluid simulations (from weather forecasting to fusion) and materials simulations, and across the whole spectrum of scientific and engineering computing in the UK through the Collaborative Computational Projects networks.

You'll be able to test your ideas on real quantum computers, and there is plenty of scope for choosing which aspects of the research you are most interested in.

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Supervisors

Professor Vivien Kendon

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