Microwave Amplification at the Quantum Limit with Room-Temperature Maser Amplifiers

Posted on 15th May 2024 in Early Career Researchers, Jobs, Training and Skills Base

Job details

  • Date: December 31, 2024
  • Department: Department of Materials
  • Location: South Kensington Campus, London
  • Contract Type: Fixed term (3.5 years), Full-time
  • Salary: £24,237 per annum
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About the Project

Supervision Team

The project will be supervised by Professor Neil Alford and Dr Daan Arroo in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London.

Project Summary

Masers – the microwave version of lasers – have long been used to detect signals for deep-space communications and radio astronomy due to their exceptional sensitivity and low noise, but traditional maser devices require vacuum and cryogenic cooling which has limited their use to date to these niche applications. The Maser Research Group at Imperial has pioneered the use of quantum materials such as diamond enriched with nitrogen vacancies [Breeze et al., Nature] to create a new generation of masers capable of operating in ambient conditions [Arroo et al., APL], culminating in the development of portable prototype devices which can be tested in realistic environments [Ng et al., APL].

Applications are sought for a fully-funded EPSRC ICASE Award studentship to explore how these devices can be optimised through a combination of device and materials engineering to make masers useful for new applications in quantum technology. This will include optical and microwave characterisation of functional quantum materials, the design and fabrication of maser devices and testing these devices to achieve quantum-limited measurements at the single-photon level.

The project will ideally suit an applicant with a backgroud in physics/engineering/materials science and an interest in quantum technology and device engineering, in particular the practical development of devices.

The PhD will be carried out with support from the Henry Royce Institute and will contribute to the work carried out as part of the NAME Programme grant.

Funding Notes

Funding: The studentship is for 3.5 years and will provide full coverage of tuition fees in addition to an enhanced annual tax-free stipend of £24,237 supported by an industrial partner through an EPSRC ICASE Award.

Eligibility: Applicants must be ‘UK Residents’ as defined by the EPSRC.

How to Apply

To apply for this studentship, please use the Imperial application portal and apply to the Department of Materials. Applications will be assessed as received and all applicants should follow the standard Imperial application procedure.


Informal enquiries and requests for additional information about this project can be made to . Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to .

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