UCL Quantum Science and Technology Institute


Jobs, Calls and Funding

Details of fellowships, supporting funding schemes and jobs at UCLQ will be posted here.


Research Associate (Postdoc) in Attosecond and Free-Electron Laser Science Theory Group 

The Attosecond and Free-Electron-Laser Science Theory Group at UCL, is currently advertising a postdoc position (research associate) in the field of interaction of molecules with free-electron lasers. The aim of the position is to develop state-of-the-art quantum-mechanical techniques to address the cascade of photo-ionization and Auger processes encountered in the interaction of Free-Electron Laser pulses with molecules. The intriguing aspect of the interaction with FEL pulses is that the laser boils away the electrons from the inside out. Moreover, the project aims to address the interplay of electron and nuclear motion during the interaction of an FEL pulse with molecules. A fascinating aspect of our group's work is that our computational and theoretical tools allow us to predict new phenomena but also to explain experimental results and guide future experiments. We collaborate very closely with world leading experimental groups.
The successful candidate will have, preferably, a Ph.D in Atomic and Molecular Physics, excellent knowledge of quantum mechanics, very strong knowledge of computational languages and computational tools, a demonstrated track-record of independent research and an excellent knowledge of written English as well as excellent communication skills in English. The position is in the first instance for 16 months.
For inquiries regarding the position, please contact Prof. Agapi Emmanouilidou by e-mail at ucapaem@ucl.ac.uk.  

PhD Studentships: In Quantum Computation, Complexity and Simulation (x3)

The UCL departments of Computer Science, Physics and the London Centre for Nanotechnology are offering three (x3) PhD studentships in quantum computation, complexity and simulation. The group’s research interests include benchmarking of quantum computation (Cubitt, Browne, Masanes), error mitigation and compilation for near term quantum computers (Browne), quantum simulation (Browne, Green), translation of tensor networks to quantum circuits (Green), aspects of quantum machine learning (Green), quantum computational advantage from the perspective of quantum chaos (Masanes), analytical studies of the ultimate constraints upon quantum computation (Cubitt) and computational complexity of quantum simulation tasks (Cubitt). The research will be carried out as part of a cross-institution and international Prosperity Partnership between UCL and Bristol University, and companies Google, Phasecraft and GTN. It will provide the opportunity to run experiments on cutting-edge quantum devices and to collaborate with our industrial partners. 

Please note that the application deadline is 6th March 2020. 

Please note that PhD studentships including a MRes on Quantum Technologies (total of 1+3 years) are currently offered in the Center for Doctoral Training in Delivering Quantum Technologies.

For any queries related to the studentships, please contact Lluis Masanes at l.masanes@ucl.ac.uk

Application instructions:

To apply:

1. Go to this link and press “accept and apply”.

2. Select department “physics and astronomy” and press “search now”.

3. Press “apply now” in the row with “programme code RRDPHYSCMM01”, “mode full-time” and “academic year of entry 2020/21”.

4. Get into your account or register if you don’t have one.

5. Fill up the application form including two referees, an academic transcript (as far as it goes), a short CV and brief personal statement. You don’t need to put a prospective supervisor nor a research proposal.

6. Please let your referees know that they will receive an email invitation from UCL once you have submitted their application. We require their reference letters by 6th March 2020.

7. Your brief personal statement must include: details of a research project undertaken as part of your studies (including project title and supervisor); details of any other relevant research experience you have; any particular highlights of your academic career so far that may not be apparent from the information on your form (e.g. courses in which you did particularly well, prizes, or publications of previous research); reasons for your interest on making a PhD in our group, and your career goals. Please be as specific and quantitative as you can. 


Calls and Funding

Open Call for Innovation Projects in Quantum Technology

We invite proposals for proof-of-concept / demonstrator projects from UCLQ staff and students, in the emerging area of quantum technology. Support of up to £50k may be requested through this scheme, with the option of further funding (up to a total of £150k) through our venture capital partners. A typical project duration is 6 - 12 months. In additional to the financial support, successful applicants will also be offered mentorship to help develop their demonstrators into a business.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis, and the call will close once the funds have been allocated, or by Dec 2020 at the latest. Awards will be made to a start-up company set up by the applicants, however, the existence of the company is not necessary in order to apply, and guidance can be offered to successful applicants in doing this. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to deliver a pitch to a panel including technical experts in quantum technology, as well as investors.

To apply, please submit an outline application using the outline form found in drop down below.

Supported by InQuBATE, the EPSRC Training & Skills Hub in Quantum Systems Engineering, the UCL Tech Fund, and IP Group.

Eligibility, condtions, and application form


  • We expect teams to be led by UCLQ students or post-doctoral researchers – the focus is on entrepreneurship driven by early-career researchers
  • Most applications will be from small teams (e.g. 2-4), though these numbers should be treated as a guideline
  • The recipient of the funding will be a new start-up company led by the team. However, the start-up does not need to be legally incorporated at the time of application
  • Funds may be used to support the time of the applicant(s) (see ‘Eligible costs’ below). In this case the FTE of any other studentship or employment of held by the funded applicant(s) with UCL will need to be reduced accordingly. Students must have upgraded from MPhil to PhD status before such a reduction to part-time status can be made.  It is the responsibility of students studying in the UK on a visa to ensure that any proposal is consistent with the conditions of their visa

Conditions of award

  • The award will be contingent on the incorporation of the company
  • Start-ups will be given mentorship throughout the period of the award
  • UCL will not seek to take an equity stake in companies in return for this funding
  • Applicants must provide a final report on the outcomes of the award and the use made of Innovation Fund resources
  • Depending on the level of support sought, UCLQ funding may be supplemented by a venture partner (see below), which come with further terms and conditions

Eligible costs

  • Consumables and facility costs
  • Rent or space costs
  • Patent and legal costs
  • Travel and subsistence, (with clear justification for the technology development)
  • Salary costs for applicant(s)

Possibility of additional funding

Awards may be made in collaboration with UCLQ’s commercial partner investment funds. At their discretion, partner funds may offer additional investment to successful applicants. Such further investment will be on commercial terms and subject to a negotiation with the fund(s); for example, it could be in the form of a convertible note, which can translate into an equity stake in the applicant’s start-up. There will be no obligation on either party to make such an agreement; applicants are strongly advised to take independent legal advice in any negotiation.

Size and duration of awards

  • We expect to fund awards in the range of £25k - £150k per bid, and typically no more than 12 months in duration. Awards over £50k will typically involve the participation of a venture partner (see above)
  • Applicants must provide a roadmap for the development of the technology concept beyond the period of the challenge fund award
  • Intellectual property
  • Foreground intellectual property developed by the start-up under the award will be owned by the company, however, any arrangement for use of UCL facilities and associated cost will have to be agreed by the relevant Head of Department
  • Applicants should identify any background IP owned by UCL (or other organizations) required for the progress of their project. Licensing of any necessary third-party background IP (including UCL-owned IP) does not need to be arranged before an application can be considered. UCLQ will work with applicants to facilitate licensing arrangements with UCL Enterprise and UCL Business

Applications process

  • Awards will be made by a panel made up of technical experts (from UCL) and business/enterprise experts (external to UCL)
  • There will be a two-stage process: (1) outline application following the form below and (2) pitch to the award panel
  • Some feedback may be provided to shortlisted applicants following the outline stage, prior to the pitch, where it is felt this might help strengthen the application
  • There is no closing date, but the call will close once the funds have been fully allocated
  • Completed outline applications should be sent to the Institute Administrator (cian.o'neill [at] ucl.ac.uk).

Outline Application

  1. Elevator pitch: in 50 words or less explain the proposed project and its potential impact
  2. List the team members, including name, affiliation and current position
  3. Describe the strengths of the team – why is this the right team to carry out this project? (max 100 words per team member)
  4. In more detail, what is your idea for a proof-of-concept / demonstrator? (max 200 words)
  5. What will be the main impact(s)of this idea? (max 100 words)
  6. How does this innovation compare to what is currently available commercially, giving key figures of merit? What is your technical advantage (max 200 words)
  7. How will this project lead to commercial success for your business? What will your commercial advantage be? (max 200 words)
  8. What are the key milestones/deliverables for your project and when do you anticipate reaching them? (max 100 words)
  9. Assume your demonstrator project is successful – what happens next? (max 100 words)
  10. Budget – how much funding are you requesting for your project, and what is this for? (max 100 words)

Open call for Innovation fund application form.


UCLQ Quantum Tech Summer School Returns for 2020

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Aimed at undergraduates with a background in engineering, computer science and physics (but also open to those studying Natural Sciences), the summer school will provide a comprehensive introduction to the exciting field of Quantum Technologies, including quantum computing and quantum communication.

From September 7-11th, students from diverse, multinational backgrounds will have the opportunity to attend lectures from leading experts. Apply for our summer school.


More Opportunities

If there are no opportunities currently available directly with UCLQ, you can also check for vacancies with the departments affiliated with us.