Quantum Technology

Quantum Technology (Early career and established career fellowships only)

Quantum Technologies are considered to be those that harness quantum physics to gain a functionality or performance which is otherwise unattainable. They promise future dramatic changes in the technological capabilities in several key areas, including secure communications, metrology, sensor technologies, simulation and computation.

As part of the £270 million National Quantum Technology Programme, EPSRC is investing in Early and Established career stage fellowships whose research focuses on the direct exploitation of quantum phenomena such as superposition or entanglement to address the challenges of translation of quantum science through technology to eventual application.

Quantum Technologies Fellowships are intended to allow our current and future leaders the time and space to push the Quantum Technologies agenda forward, to make new collaborations both to source wider research expertise to overcome technical barriers, and to engage with the industry partners who will potentially utilise these technologies.

Applications are invited from researchers across multiple disciplines including, materials, electronics, photonics, engineering, computer science, mathematics and physics. This could include for example communications, electronics, photonics, micro- and Nano-scale systems, computation, sensor technologies, precision engineering, metrology and measurement, control, or skills in device conceptualisation, development and fabrication, to work alongside the physical science community and industry partners.

In addition to the core fellowship Person Specification, Quantum Technology Fellowships should:

  • Demonstrate the desire to reach out across traditional interfaces to other research groups, and develop potentially transformative research that contributes to the development of novel quantum technologies;
  • work to establish and maintain strong links with industry and users of research;
  • work to enhance national and international networking, and;
  • be able to provide evidence of excellent leadership and advocacy or potential for this, which extends beyond their immediate research environment into the wider UK research community.

Those wishing to address more fundamental challenges without a technology focus should consider the fellowships priorities for the EPSRC Capability Themes.

Update July 2014

The Quantum Technology Fellowships process is a managed activity. Although the majority of the process will be in line with the standard EPSRC fellowship process the following should be noted:

  • Applicants need to demonstrate that the fellowship will focus on the direct exploitation of quantum phenomena such as superposition or entanglement to address the challenges of translation of quantum science through technology to eventual application. Fellowships allow our current and future leaders the time and space to push the quantum agenda forward, to make new collaborations both to source wider research expertise to overcome technical barriers, and to engage with the industry partners who will potentially utilise these technologies.
  • There are two deadlines for submission of fellowship proposals and fixed start dates, these are
    • 16:00 on 30 October 2014 [Fixed start date of 01 April 2015]
    • 16:00 on 29 January 2015 [Fixed start date of 01 July 2015]
  • Proposals must be submitted through JeS by selecting the EPSRC fellowship scheme document type
  • After the deadline on 29 January 2015, the Quantum Technology fellowship area will no longer be open for submissions.
  • The funding for Quantum Technologies fellowships formed part of the government’s five year investment for the National Quantum Technology Programme. Fellowships would be expected to last for up to five years, starting in 2015. Further fellowship support under this area beyond 2015 would be subject to future funding settlements.
  • Quantum Technologies fellowship proposals will be shortlisted for interview through Quantum Technology fellowship shortlisting panels.
    • Please note that if you are invited to interview you will only be informed two weeks prior to the interview and will be required to give a short presentation at interview (as is standard for all EPSRC fellowship interviews)
  • Interviews will be held as follows:
    • Week commencing 02 March 2015 for those shortlisted from the October 2014 deadline
    • Week commencing 01 June 2015 for those shortlisted from the January 2015 deadline
  • Fellowships are invited at the Early and Established career stage.
  • An individual is only permitted to submit one Fellowship application to EPSRC in any 12 month period.