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We are hiring!

Jan 5th 2017

The Quantum Communications Hub is seeking to employ a postdoctoral research associate to work  in experiment and technology. The post is offered by the University of York and based at the National Physical Laboratory, at Teddington. The successful candidate will establish the measurement infrastructure for characterising optical hardware developed within the Hub consortium. In this role, existing NPL measurement capability will be applied to fibre-based systems and extended to chip-scale components and hardware for short-range, free-space applications. This requires interfacing NPL measurement facilities with Hub-developed devices. Importantly, the role holder will establish a quantum communications node at NPL for participation in demonstrations over the UK Quantum Network being established by the Hub.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic scientist or engineer who will contribute across this technology development spectrum.

Informal enquiries regarding this post based at the National Physical Laboratory at Teddington, UK, may be made to: Dr Alastair Sinclair (alastair.sinclair@npl.co.uk). Informal enquiries regarding the Quantum Communications Hub may be made to: Professor Tim Spiller (timothy.spiller@york.ac.uk, +44(0)1904 322254).

For more information and to apply, please visit this link

IDQ opens UK office to support UK Quantum Technologies Programme

Nov 30th 2016

  IDQ announces a prestigious collaboration with the UK Quantum Communications Hub partnership – including BT and the Universities of York, Cambridge and Bristol – in the development of quantum communications for real world application.

GENEVA — November, 2016. ID Quantique SA (IDQ), the world leader in commercially available quantum-safe crypto solutions, has expanded to the United Kingdom with the opening of a new office.   IDQ’s UK presence will make the company’s best-of-breed technology available to a new market. It will also allow IDQ to provide research and development expertise in support of the Quantum Communications Hub (QComm Hub), part of the UK’s  National Quantum Technologies Programme. IDQ will collaborate with the QComm Hub, supporting R&D and building networks.

The UK’s Quantum Technologies Programme (UKNQTP) is a £300m 5-year initiative, built around four Hubs – one of which is the QComm Hub: a partnership of eight UK universities, the private sector (including BT) and the public sector, e.g. the National Physical Laboratory (the UK’s National Measurement Institute) and the National Dark Fibre Infrastructure Service.

IDQ has already provided Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) equipment for use in Bristol as part of a network being built there by the QComm Hub. It has also recently won the contract to provide a quantum-secure link between the BT labs at Adastral Park and Cambridge. Here, IDQ will be collaborating closely with BT, Cambridge and York Universities within the QComm Hub. Quantum Cryptography – or QKD – in combination with conventional encryption solutions, provide secure, quantum-safe encryption which is not vulnerable to threats from future quantum computers.

“Quantum communication has, up to now, struggled to overcome the challenges of real life long-distance environments with multiplexed data,” said Grégoire Ribordy, CEO of IDQ. “Opening a new office and working with the QComm Hub allows IDQ to bring our technology into a new working environment. Working in the UK gives us the chance to collaborate with world-class researchers on new uses and applications for this technology.”

Tim Spiller, Professor of Quantum Information Technologies at the University of York, and Director of the QComm Hub said, “Working closely with IDQ enables us to collaborate with the company that has unique experience in the development, sale and support of QKD systems to clients across the public and private sectors, from governments to corporates.  This experience is invaluable as we push to extend the reach of quantum secure communications across sectors and markets, within – and beyond – the UK.”

The UK National Quantum Technologies Programme aims to ensure the successful transition of quantum technologies from laboratory to industry. The programme is delivered by EPSRC, Innovate UK, BIS, NPL, GCHQ, DSTL and the KTN.

Dr. Richard Murray, Lead Technologist of Emerging Technologies and Industries at Innovate UK, said: “As the country’s innovation agency, Innovate UK’s mission includes bringing forward-looking technology to our companies, markets and people. IDQ’s decision to establish a presence in the UK is an example of the impact that the UK’s investment in quantum technologies is having on the market: attracting dynamic companies that wish to work with our world class research and industrial leadership in quantum communications.”

The opening of the UK office comes in conjunction with expansion to additional countries worldwide and CEO Gregoire Ribordy’s recent election to European Commission Quantum Flagship Project.  IDQ’s new office, Ribordy’s appointment, and the company’s participation in QComm Hub reflects IDQ’s long-standing commitment to and leadership in the supply of commercial quantum communications systems for the real world, and its ambitions to play a leading role in strategic developments globally.

About ID Quantique

Founded in 2001 as a spin-off of the Group of Applied Physics of the University of Geneva, ID Quantique is the world leader in quantum-safe crypto solutions, designed to protect data for the future. The company provides quantum-safe network encryption, secure quantum key generation and Quantum Key Distribution solutions and services to the financial industry, enterprises and government organizations globally.  IDQ’s Quantum Random Number Generator has been validated according to global standards and independent agencies, and is the reference in highly regulated and mission critical industries – such as security, encryption and online gaming – where trust is paramount.

IDQ’s products are used by government, enterprise and academic customers in more than 60 countries and on every continent. As a privately held Swiss company focused on sustainable growth, IDQ is proud of its independence and neutrality, and believes in establishing long-term and trusted relationships with its customers and partners. For more information, please visit http://www.idquantique.com/.

About the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme (UKNQTP)

see  http://uknqt.epsrc.ac.uk/.

About the UKNQTP’s  Quantum Communications Hub,

see http://www.quantumcommshub.net/

About Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency.  Its mission is to boost productivity, increase exports and help the UK economy grow head and shoulders above other nations. For further information, see  www.gov.uk/innovateuk.

About BT

BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services.  BT consists of six customer-facing lines of business: Consumer, EE, Business and Public Sector, Global Services, Wholesale and Ventures, and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2016, BT Group’s reported revenue was £19,042m with reported profit before taxation of £3,029m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

For more information, visit www.btplc.com

The Quantum Communications Hub is hiring!

Nov 29th 2016

We are currently looking to recruit two research positions. If you are interested in our work and would like to join the team, please have a look at the posts advertised:

  • Research Fellow in Quantum Communications (University of Leeds). For more information and to apply, check this link
  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Quantum Communications Networks (Experiment and Technology Development - University of York). For more information and to apply, check this link

The Face of Quantum Communications Technology

Nov 25th 2016

A new public engagement video, titled The Face of Quantum Communications Technology and produced with support from our funder, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, is now available to view. The short film introduces some key concepts in the field of quantum communications and talks briefly about the work of the Hub.

To view the film, please visit the Quantum Communications Hub YouTube channel

First Annual Quantum Communications Hub Report is now published!

Oct 31st 2016

The first annual report of our Quantum Communications Hub, describing activities from the first year of the project, has now been published and it is available to download via QCommHub_Annual Report 2014 15

Funding opportunity for UK innovation positions within quantum technologies

Jul 29th 2016

When developing the UK National Strategy for Quantum Technologies, the Strategic Advisory Board identified increasing international engagement as one of five areas of focus in order to maximise the benefit of the programme to the UK.

The Strategy recognises the importance of the UK continuing to support international collaboration as a means to attract the best talent. To confirm the commitment of the National Programme in international engagement, EPSRC with the support of Innovate UK will shortly be inviting expressions of interest for Innovation Chairs to bolster the existing network of capability and expertise in the innovation space by recruiting internationally recognised academic and industrial researchers to UK academic positions.

Building on existing investments, the Innovation Chairs call will provide up to £10M for 4 – 5 awards for four years of support (up to 50% of time paid) to establish a critical mass of technology development and industrial engagement activities, helping to catalyse wider community activity.

The call document will be published on the EPSRC website at the end of August / beginning of September and the closing date for the expressions of interest will be in early October. More information will be posted in due course through this link:

https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/innovationchairs/

 

PhD Studentships in Quantum Communications Technologies

Jun 14th 2016

The Quantum Communications Hub is offering a number of PhD studentships supported by EPSRC funding. There are currently four studentships on offer in the following areas:

The deadline for applications for the first position is the 19th of August, while applications are being accepted all year round for the remaining ones. UK and EU students are eligible. The funding includes tuition fees for 3 years plus stipend for UK students. Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award.

For more information and to apply, please follow the respective links.

QKD in Space: Satellite QKD Technologies Workshop, ECSAT, Harwell Campus, 6 June 2016

Jun 14th 2016

The Quantum Communications Hub held a specialist workshop in early June on satellite quantum key distribution at ECSAT - European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications - the European Space Agency's new UK facility at Harwell. The workshop was focused on the use of satellite communications for quantum key distribution - a combination of technologies that offers possibilities for quantum-secure communications over very large distances.

The aim of the workshop was to bring together the leading figures from the international academic community, industrial/commercial interests, and public stake-holders from both the EU and UK. Presenters included the pre-eminent satellite QKD specialists Paulo Villoresi (University of Padova), Rupert Ursin (Vienna Centre for Quantum Science & Technology), and Thomas Jennewein (University of Waterloo), as well as experts from Airbus, BT, the European Space Agency, ID Quantique, and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light. Participants included the UK's National Physical Laboratory, the Satellite Applications Catapult, and the EU's Joint Research Centre, as well as Hub university and industry partners.

The workshop is part of a Hub initiative to explore options for active UK participation in collaborative satellite QKD R&D that will contribute to demonstrations / pilots in which there is global scientific and commercial interest.