PhD Scholarship in Relativistic Quantum Information Theory

Undertake a project in advanced theoretical work in relativistic quantum information (RQI). This highly challenging PhD experience will offer you the chance to work on world-class research combining quantum information theory with key aspects of quantum field theory and general relativity.

Do you have outstanding skills in advanced mathematics? Are you interested in quantum physics, general relativity and fundamental physics? If so, you may be right for this project. RMIT Physics, in conjunction with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T), is looking for an exceptionally high-performing student to perform advanced theoretical work in relativistic quantum information (RQI). This highly challenging PhD experience will offer you the chance to work on world-class research combining quantum information theory with key aspects of quantum field theory and general relativity.

This project aims to investigate the effects of a fundamental minimum length on the nature of gravity and on how accurately we can make measurements in our world. The key challenge is to combine our best theories of fundamental physics to model what happens at ultra-short distances. This project will generate new knowledge at this interface by using a novel approach inspired by information theory. The expected outcomes are new connections between fundamental limitations on measurements, the nature of gravitation, and ultra-small-scale quantum physics. The benefit of this work is breaking the logjam in answering the most important open question in all of physics: how to unite quantum theory and gravitation.

Note: this PhD project is open to candidates who demonstrate an exceptionally high aptitude for advanced mathematics.

$31,000 per annum for three years (full-time)

  • Candidates must have a first-class Honours degree or a Masters degree in an area of theoretical physics related to quantum field theory and/or general relativity. A Masters degree is preferred
  • A letter of recommendation from a recent research supervisor is required.
  • Candidates must have permission to study in Australia and to travel to Australia if not already on shore (with current travel restrictions in place, Australian citizens and permanent residents will have an easier time meeting this requirement).

To apply, please submit the following documents to Associate Professor Nicolas Menicucci via nicolas.menicucci@rmit.edu.au

  • current CV, including the contact details of two referees
  • electronic copy of academic transcripts
  • a statement to outline your research interest and capabilities.

Scholarship applications will only be successful if prospective candidates are provided with an offer for admission. 

Applications are open now.

Please note the requirements listed under 'Eligibility'.

This scholarship will be governed by RMIT University's Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

For further information, you can email Associate Professor Nicolas Menicucci via nicolas.menicucci@rmit.edu.au

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