HDR Scholarship - Distributed Quantum Computing: Algorithms and Software

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Distributed Quantum Computing: Algorithms and Software'.

Research topic

The PhD scholarship will be in the area of Distributed Quantum Computing as part of CSIRO’s Data61 Next Generation Quantum Graduates Program. The project will work with Deakin researchers and Cisco researchers, and will involve a funded internship in the Cisco Quantum Lab (for up to 6 months). For more information please see this research news article and CSIRO website

Project aim

The project will work with Cisco Quantum Lab researchers to pioneer work on developing algorithms and software that will enable quantum computation over multiple quantum nodes, over short and long range quantum networks. The project investigates how quantum computing can be exploited in the near term, even in the presence of limited scale quantum computers of today and the near future. The project considers how quantum algorithms (e.g. quantum machine learning, optimization and simulation algorithms) can be distributed and will look into software systems and architectures for high performance distributed quantum computing.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Tuesday 31 December 2024


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $41,650 per annum tax exempt (2024 rate)

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic candidate. Domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship.
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • Some prior experience with quantum computing is desirable, though not required.
  • Programming skills and mathematical maturity are required.

How to apply

Please email a CV and cover letter Prof Seng Loke. The CV should highlight your skills, education, publications and relevant work experience. If you are successful you will then be invited to submit a formal application.

Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact:

Prof Seng Loke
Email Prof Seng Loke
+61 3 924 68753

Prof Jinho Choi
Email Prof Jinho Choi
+61 3 924 46557