PhD scholarship: The interface between fundamental science, philosophy and quantum technology


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Science and Mathematics
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Top-up Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum (2020 rate), indexed annually. Top-up of $7,000.
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 22 June 2020
Closing date 6 July 2020


The primary purpose of this position will be to conduct experiments the research goals of the FQXi grant “Information as Fuel for a Quantum Clock”. Using superconducting devices, the project will demonstrate the equivalence of information and fuel for a quantum clock, formulate the thermodynamic constraints on time keeping and demonstrate the limits to the accuracy of such clocks arising from the quantum limits to information extraction. The project will be conducted in close collaboration with a theoretical team led by Prof. Gerard Milburn.

The prospective candidates are expected to have a strong interest both in quantum physics, quantum information, thermodynamics as well as in experimental physics such as microwave engineering, instrument control programming, cryogenics, fabrication and low-noise measurements.

The laboratory is a part of The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQuS) which combines the efforts of the leading experimental and theoretical Australian groups to engineer quantum technologies. Our research work is conducted in an enthusiastic creative atmosphere and in tight collaboration with other members of EQuS.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To be considered for this scholarship, please email the following documents to Associate Professor Arkady Fedorov (

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Academic transcript/s
  • Evidence for meeting UQ's English language proficiency requirements eg TOEFL, IELTS

Please note the following: Submitting the above documents does not constitute a full application for admission into The University of Queensland's PhD program. If you are selected as the preferred applicant, you will then be invited to submit a full application for admission. You can familiarise yourself with the documents required for this process on the Future Student's website.

Applications are closed.


Associate Professor Arkady Fedorov
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.