"It from Qubit" PhD Studentship in quantum gravity and quantum information (UCL)

Nov 1, 2016

A PhD studentship, funded by the Simons Foundation "It from Qubit" Collaboration on Quantum Fields, Gravity, and Information is available at University College London, with one term at another institution in the collaboration.

“It from bit symbolizes the idea that every item of the physical world has at bottom — a very deep bottom, in most instances — an immaterial source and explanation; that which we call reality arises in the last analysis from the posing of yes-or-no questions and the registering of equipment-evoked responses; in short, that all things physical are information-theoretic in origin and that this is a participatory universe.” —John A. Wheeler, 1990


Developments over the past ten years have shown that major advances in our understanding of quantum gravity, quantum field theory and other aspects of fundamental physics can be achieved by bringing to bear insights and techniques from quantum information theory. Nonetheless, fundamental physics and quantum information theory remain distinct disciplines and communities, separated by significant barriers to communication and collaboration. Funded by a grant from the Simons Foundation, “It from Qubit” is a large-scale effort by some of the leading researchers in both communities to foster communication, education and collaboration between them, thereby advancing both fields and ultimately solving some of the deepest problems in physics.

PhD Studentship

The PhD will be supervised by Jonathan Oppenheim, and the student will have the opportunity to spend a term with one of the other PI's in the collaboration. The student will also have the opportunity to participate in "It from Qubit" meetings, conferences and events. For full consideration, non-EU residents should apply by Dec 20th, 2016. EU residents should apply by January 20th.

You should apply directly to the Physics and Astronomy Department, AMOPP here and then email a copy of your application to qinfo [at] ucl.ac.uk with the subject line "It from Qubit PhD application". Reference letters must be submitted via the university website, but they should also be emailed qi-references [at] ucl.ac.uk. If you aren't a UK or EU national, then you should also apply for the ORS/GRS (a very competitive scholarship), and any other sources of funding you may have access to, since the "It from Qubit" studentship only covers UK/EU fees. Note that those interested in applying for a PhD in quantum information theory can also apply to UCL's Quantum Center for Doctoral Training, or the AMOPP group (see here for instructions).