EPSRC PhD studentship: April 2020

Fully Funded EPSRC PhD Scholarship in Physics at Swansea University

Project Description

Levitated optomechanics uses focused laser light to suspend a nanoscale particle in high vacuum. Through feedback cooling and laser control techniques, the motional state of the particle has been brought towards the quantum regime. (Synopsis: Levitated Nanoparticle Goes Quantum)

Experimental work at Swansea uses parabolic mirrors and optical fibre technologies to create a robust and versatile platform. (recent publication from the group)

In this project, we will to explore quantum-limited state estimation, suppression of fundamental noise sources, and the possibility of creating long-lived large-mass quantum superpositions. This is an experimental project, in a small group, building on existing apparatus.

Creating long-lived superpositions of nanoscale objects will provide an exciting new way to test fundamental physics, from the possibility of an objective collapse of the wavefunction and a quantum-to-classical transition, to constraints on possible 5th forces via measurements of short-range gravity, and technological devices including extremely accurate quantum gravimeters.

Please get in touch to discuss before submitting a formal application: j.e.bateman@swansea.ac.uk

Key Information

Start date: April or May 2020

Swansea University’s Department of Physics has a call for an immediate-start EPSRC funded scholarship in the following areas of departmental activity: atomic and molecular and quantum physics, applied and materials physics, and particle physics and cosmology theory. Specific areas of research interest in the department can be found at https://www.swansea.ac.uk/physics/research-and-impact/.Applicants interested in the intersections between atomic, quantum and molecular physics are particularly encouraged. The studentship is for immediate start and no later than April 2020.

Applications should be received before 01 March 2020, with interviews taking place as soon as possible thereafter.


Candidates must have a first, upper second class honours or a Masters degree with Merit (or equivalent), in a relevant discipline. Informal enquiries and queries on eligibility (including residency eligibility) for this programme may be directed to the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor, Dr Ardalan Armin (ardalan.armin@swansea.ac.uk) who can then also direct to potential supervisors.

For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests (https://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/english-language-requirements/eu-eea-students/#Validity%203). We prefer candidates to have already met the English Language requirements at the point of application, although this is not a requirement. Studentships funded by EPSRC are subject to UK/EU residency eligibility. Applicants not meeting these requirements will be ineligible.


Each scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees.

How to Apply

To apply for this studentship, please download the College of Science research scholarship application form  and return it to the College of Science with the following:

Academic References – all scholarship applications require two supporting references to be submitted. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the application deadline, as their references form a vital part of the evaluation process. Please either include these with your scholarship application or ask your referees to send them directly to science-scholarships@swansea.ac.uk

Academic Transcripts and Degree Certificates - academic transcripts and degree certificates must be submitted along with the scholarship application by the application deadline. We will be using these to verify your academic qualifications.

A recent CV

Applicants should use the ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ section of the application form to indicate, in broad terms, their motivation and research interests within the activities of the Antimatter research group.

Please email the documents to science-scholarships@swansea.ac.uk or post them to:

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