Postgraduate research opportunities Scalable Qubit Arrays for Neutral Atom Computing and Optimisation (SQuAre)


Key facts

  • Opens: Wednesday 25 October 2023
  • Deadline: Friday 16 February 2024
  • Number of places: 1
  • Duration: Studentships available for 36 to 48 months


This project will utilise the advanced SQuAre neutral atom quantum computing platform developed at Strathclyde, offering up to 225 qubits. The aim is to perform pioneering demonstrations of small-scale digital and analogue algorithms relevant for addressing industrially relevant real-world problems relating to optimisation as well as studies of many-body quantum systems.
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BSc (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent degree in physics.

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner
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Project Details

Quantum computation offers a revolutionary approach to information processing, providing a route to efficiently solve classically hard problems such as factorisation and optimisation as well as unlocking new applications in material science and quantum chemistry that could in future be scaled up to accelerate drug design or optimised materials for aerospace and manufacturing. Whilst large-scale applications will require thousands of qubits, in the near-term small (100 qubit) quantum processors will reach a regime in which the quantum hardware is able to solve problems not accessible even on the largest available conventional supercomputers.

This project will utilise the SQuAre hardware platform for quantum computing based on scalable arrays of neutral atoms that is able to overcome the challenges to scaling of competing technologies, offering up to 225 identical and high quality qubits which has been developed through the EPSRC Prosperity Partnership with M Squared Lasers.

Already our team has demonstrated the highest single-qubit gate fidelities for large scale arrays on this hardware, and the aim of the PhD is to work together with the quantum software team lead by Prof. Andrew Daley, to design new analogue and digital algorithms tailored for the neutral-atom platform to target industrially-relevant computation and optimisation problems, and perform pioneering demonstrations on the SQuAre system.

A major focus of this work will be developing new approaches to performing fast local addressing to enhance the programmability, and to extend hardware performance to implement high-fidelity multi-qubit gate operations to enable efficient implementation of complex digital algorithms.

Further information

The successful student will join the neutral atom quantum computing team at Strathclyde run by Dr. Jonathan Pritchard, with recent highlights including demonstrations of new two-qubit gate protocols and demonstrations of high-fidelity single-qubit gates and readout on large scale arrays. For more details visit the group webpage.

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Funding details

Fully funded scholarships (fees and stipend) available on a competitive basis for UK, EU and International students, please contact supervisor for details.

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Dr Jonathan Pritchard


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Number of places: 1

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Programme: Physics

Start date: Oct 2023 - Sep 2024

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Contact us

Enquiries should be sent by email to Dr. Jonathan Pritchard (