PhD Scholarship in dopant engineering of diamond for quantum sensing technologies

We’re looking for an outstanding PhD student to work on a cutting-edge project between materials science, photonics and quantum technology to develop new diamond materials for quantum sensing applications.

The PhD student will work on the synthesis and characterization of new diamond materials for quantum sensing applications as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Up to $32,841 per annum for three years with a possible extension of six months (full time).

1 April 2022

1 March 2023


Candidates with a background in physics, chemistry or related engineering disciplines are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • have a first-class honours or equivalent in physics, chemistry, or related engineering disciplines.
  • meet RMIT University’s entry requirements for the Higher Degree by Research programs.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Philipp Reineck ( and provide:

  • a statement to outline your interest
  • an electronic copy of your academic transcripts
  • a CV that includes any publications and the contact details of 2 referees.

For international applicants, evidence of English proficiency may be required.

Doped diamonds are central to a growing range of quantum-sensing technologies for future industries, including medical and defence. These diamonds must be doped with both electron donors and active 'quantum-defects' to operate. Within existing devices, the electronic donors also create parasitic magnetic noise, due to their magnetic-spin properties. In this project, we aim to investigate the growth of diamond with new electronic donors, aiming for spin-free and thus noise-free dopant properties. This should provide significant benefits to defence capability, through enhanced magnetic anomaly detection in naval environments, and health outcomes, through neural sensing of brain signals at room temperature.

Dr Philipp Reineck (

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