Research projects on offer

Our Sydney network of quantum experts are seeking PhD, Honours and Master students to work on a variety of quantum science and technology research projects. Projects suit both experimentalists or theorists, and driven individuals with backgrounds across a range of disciplines such as physics, computer science, engineering, chemistry or mathematics.

Applications for our PhD Scholarship program are now open. If you aspire to be a leader in your field, we invite you to apply.

Our PhD scholarship program offers an array of research projects spanning quantum science and technology across our partner universities. To find a research project, filter projects by university or research specialisation at the PhD level. Please note this list is not exhaustive - you can also use our database to search for experts/supervisors based on their research interests to discuss other opportunities. We recommend contacting a prospective supervisor in advance of applying for our scholarship programs.

Learn more and apply for our PhD scholarship program today.

  • AI-assisted digital laser frequency stabilization for atomic spectroscopy

    Dr Eric Howard, Dr Cyril Laplane

    High precision measurements in quantum optics and atomic physics rely on the fine control of the experimental parameters and require the locking stabilisation of the frequency of the transmitted signal. This project entails the design, development and characterization of a loop-back control system and digital controller for laser frequency stabilization. The hardware will be based on a RedPitaya STEMlab platform and will be used to lock the laser emission frequency to the cavity resonance of reference and spectral peak maximum for Doppler-free absorption spectroscopy experiments with Rubidium. The student will employ machine learning methods for analysis and optimisation of the interfacing and acquisition of the emission spectra for atomic vapor saturated absorption spectroscopy experiments.

    For more information, contact the project supervisor: Dr Eric Howard
    This project would suit: This Master's project is suited to graduates with a strong background in electronics or optoelectronics and an interest in embedded systems and quantum/atomic physics.
    Macquarie University
  • Advanced digitisation techniques and threshold effects in experimental quantum simulators

    A/Prof Nathan Langford, Dr JP Dehollain, A/Prof Daniel Burgarth, A/Prof Dominic Berry

    This project is part of our exciting new ARC-funded research grant, where we aim to enhance high-tech quantum simulators to meet the demands of computer-modelling intensive industries such as drug and vaccine design. By developing innovative digitisation and control techniques for simulating the behaviour of complex quantum systems, a task that is generally impossible to solve with classical computing technology, this project aims to help shape the design of future quantum computers and maximise the modelling power of current industry-scale processors built by companies like Google, IBM and Australian start-up, Silicon Quantum Computing.


    For more information, contact the project supervisor: A/Prof Nathan Langford
    This project would suit: We encourage high performing students to apply who are undertaking an Honours or Master's degree in an appropriate subject area, such as physics or engineering, and strong results in undergraduate courses in quantum physics and other relevant subject areas. The funding for this project is eligible for Australian domestic students only.
    University of Technology Sydney
  • Advancing quantum computing with Diraq (Next Generation Quantum Graduates Program) 

    Dr Andre Saraiva, Industry Placement with Diraq

    This project is part of the CSIRO Next Generation Quantum Graduates Scholarship Program (NGQGP). Diraq is a Sydney-based quantum computing company, delivering revolutionary quantum computing to the world, based on existing silicon chip technology. This immersive PhD project at Diraq provides students with hands-on experience in silicon MOS based quantum computing. Under expert guidance, participants contribute to cutting-edge projects, receive tailored mentorship, and engage in specialised training, enriching both their academic journey and industry prospects. 

    For more information, contact the project supervisor: Dr Andre Saraiva
    This project would suit: An exceptional student holding an Honours or Masters qualification in electrical engineering, physics, or a relevant field, possessing strong knowledge of semiconductor or quantum physics.
    UNSW Sydney
  • Analog trapped-ion quantum simulators for chemical dynamics

    A/Prof Ivan Kassal, Dr Ting Rei Tan, Prof Michael Biercuk

    Quantum simulators aim to describe the properties of quantum systems that would otherwise be too difficult to simulate on ordinary computers. In particular, analog quantum simulators—which do not require universal, programmable quantum computers—are likely to be the first practical quantum computing devices.

    Our goal is to simulate the outcomes of chemical reactions that are beyond the capabilities of conventional computers, which would have transformative impacts from materials and energy science to drug discovery.

    For more information, contact the project supervisor: A/Prof Ivan Kassal
    This project would suit: Students with background in either chemistry or physics
  • Atomically thin van-der Waals materials

    Prof Alex Hamilton, Dr Feixiang Xiang

    Graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms with honeycomb lattice structure, shows many exotic physics and promising properties for device applications. Stacking different layers together provides a degree of freedom to change electronic properties of graphene, such as electronic band structures. In this project, the successful applicant will work with a team from QED group from School of Phyiscs at UNSW to explore effect of different stacking order on electronic properties of ABA- and ABC- stacked trilayer graphene. The successful applicant will participate in fabrication of van der Waals heterostructure and measuring their electronic properties in an environment of ultracold temperatures and high magnetic fields.

    For more information, contact the project supervisor: Prof Alex Hamilton
    This project would suit: An experimentally focussed materials scientist, chemist or physicist
    UNSW Sydney
    Honours, Undergrad,