PhD in Cavity Optomechanical Magnetometry, Australia

Deadline: 30 March, 2013
Open to: candidates with  a strong undergraduate academic track record, and experience in an optics or photonics research laboratory
Scholarship: covers stipend and fees


A PhD studentship is available in the Queensland Quantum Optics Laboratory at the University of Queensland (UQ). The successful candidate will develop novel ultrasensitive magnetometers based on silicon chip integrated cavity optomechanical systems, with applications in neural imaging, detection of malaria, and defence. Brisbane is a vibrant city of 2M population with access to a wonderful sub-tropical outdoors environment; including the gold and sunshine coasts, hiking, tropical rainforests, and a short distance away, the Great Barrier Reef. The position is available immediately, but flexible depending on the situation of the appointee.

About the laboratory

The Queensland Quantum Optics Laboratory led by Associate Professor Warwick Bowen is part of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS).

The lab undertakes research in both fundamental tests of quantum mechanics and advanced quantum technologies with future applications in metrology, communication, and computation. This research is primarily based around optical architectures integrated onto silicon chips compatible with current-day fiber optic systems. These architectures provide a test-bed from which we can study a wide range of quantum processes including quantum entanglement and non-locality, the interaction of single photons with single atoms, and quantum optomechanical systems. The robustness and scalability of the systems we study offers potential for the investigation of large-scale quantum systems and phenomena.


The ideal candidate will have a strong undergraduate academic track record, and experience in an optics or photonics research laboratory.


  • Candidates can apply for a scholarship to cover stipend and fees.
  • Further information on scholarships offered by UQ can be found here

How to apply

Familiarise yourself with research higher degrees at UQ

Search for a potential advisor

Submit an Expression of Interest

Liaise with the School / Institute regarding your Expression of Interest

Prepare a Research Proposal

Apply for Admission & Scholarship (by invitation only)

After  submit your application

If you would like more information, please contact A/Prof Warwick Bowen,

The deadline for applying is 30 March, 2013.

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