Electronic and Electrical Engineering: Quantum Technologies EPSRC DTP Funded PhD Scholarship: Diamond NV Quantum Sensor (RS653)

  • DeadlineDeadline: 1 August 2024
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Closing date: 1 August 2024

Funding provider(s): Quantum Technologies EPSRC DTP 

Subject area(s): Quantum technology, Applied physics, Electronic science and technology 

Project start date(s): 1 October 2024 (Enrolment open from mid-September) 


Primary Supervisor: Professor Lijie Li (

Secondary Supervisor: Professor Karol Kalna

Aligned programme of study:

PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Mode of study: Full-time 

Project description: 

Sensors play a critical role in many electronic systems, providing important data to power our decision-making. Apart from general physical and chemical sensors, quantum sensors rely on quantum particles to conduct measurement and are able to have many orders of magnitude more sensitive than traditional sensors. Many quantum sensors are based on special materials, such as nitrogen vacancy centres in diamond (Diamond NV), which is a photoluminescent point defect in diamond. The Diamond NV has been extensively utilised to achieve quantum computing and processing in information technology, biosensing, microwave and magnetic field detecting, and various other applications in diverse fields, due to their superior performances in long-lived coherence time, single-photon generation, and many other properties. In this PhD project, built upon the research group’s previous research on this topic, the student will be undertaking ground-breaking research in Diamond NV quantum sensors, from fundamental simulations of material properties using density functional theory, to characterisation and integration of the material into functional sensing devices. 

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Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold a UK Bachelor degree with a minimum of Upper Second Class honours in Physics, or Electronic Science or equivalent degree in similar relevant science discipline, or overseas Bachelor degree deemed equivalent to UK Bachelor (by UK ECCTIS) and achieved a grade equivalent to UK Upper Second Class honours in  Physics or Electronic Science or equivalent degree in similar relevant science discipline – see country specific qualifications.

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to applicants eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK rate only, as defined by UKCISA regulations. 

Please note that you may need to provide evidence of your English Language proficiency.

If you have any questions regarding your academic or fee eligibility based on the above, please email with the web-link to the scholarship(s) you are interested in. 


This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £19,237.

Additional research expenses of up to £3,000 per year will also be available.

How To Apply

To apply, please complete your application online with the following information:

  1. Course choice – please select Electronic and Electrical Engineering / PhD / Full-time / 3 Years / October 

    In the event you have already applied for the above programme previously, the application system may issue a warning notice and prevent application. In this event, please email where staff will be happy to assist you in submitting your application.

  2. Start year – please select 2024
  3. Funding (page 8) –
  • ‘Are you funding your studies yourself?’ – please select No
  • ‘Name of Individual or organisation providing funds for study’ – please enter 'RS653 - Quantum Sensor'.

*It is the responsibility of the applicant to list the above information accurately when applying; please note that applications received without the above information listed will not be considered for the scholarship award.

One application is required per individual Swansea University led research scholarship award; applications cannot be considered listing multiple Swansea University led research scholarship awards.

NOTE: Applicants for PhD/EngD/ProfD/EdD - to support our commitment to providing an environment free of discrimination and celebrating diversity at Swansea University you are required to complete an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Monitoring Form in addition to your programme application form.  Please click the following link to complete your EDI Monitoring Form:
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Monitoring Form (online form) 

Please note that completion of the EDI Monitoring Form is mandatory; your application may not progress if this information is not submitted.

As part of your online application, you MUST upload the following documents (please do not send these via email). We strongly advise you to provide the listed supporting documents by the advertised closing date, where possible:

  • CV
  • Degree certificates and transcripts (if you are currently studying for a degree, screenshots of your grades to date are sufficient)
  • A cover letter including a ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ to explain why the position particularly matches your skills and experience and how you choose to develop the project.
  • Two references (academic or previous employer) on headed paper or using the Swansea University reference form. Please note that we are not able to accept references received citing private email accounts, e.g. Hotmail. Referees should cite their employment email address for verification of reference.
  • Evidence of meeting English Language requirement (if applicable).
  • Copy of UK resident visa (if applicable)
  • Confirmation of EDI form submission (optional) 

Informal enquiries are welcome; please contact Professor Lijie Li (

*External Partner Application Data Sharing – Please note that as part of the scholarship application selection process, application data sharing may occur with external partners outside of the University, when joint/co- funding of a scholarship project is applicable.

Who is eligible to apply?

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to applicants eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK rate only, as defined by UKCISA regulations.

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