Ion Trap Quantum Computing

Dr. Chris Ballance, Prof. David Lucas, Prof. Andrew Steane

About us

We are primarily an experimental group, testing and developing ideas in quantum computing using laser-manipulated trapped ions. We work on photonically-networked ion traps, the development of microfabricated chip trap technology, and high-fidelity quantum logic operations. Our ion trap work forms one of the core areas of the UK's Quantum Computing and Simulation Hub, led by Oxford, see the QCS Hub page for details.

We are also involved in some theoretical activity, concerned mainly with quantum fault-tolerant methods and quantum error correction. See here for introductions, papers, and other links about this work.



Postdoc positions

We are currently looking for a postdoc to join the research group in 2021. If you are interested in joining us as a postdoc, please email

Ph.D. positions

We are always looking for talented and motivated students who are interested in pursuing research in our group. We are seeking at least two students to start in 2021. Please apply through the University of Oxford's graduate admissions process; if you would like further information, please email


We work at the Clarendon Laboratory at the University of Oxford. For directions see the Oxford Physics page here.