PhD Studentship - Ultra-precision machining of photonics

Employer
University of Southampton
Location
Southampton, United Kingdom
Posted
Apr 11, 2021
Closes
Aug 31, 2021
Ref
156848
Organization Type
University and College
Hours
Full Time
Supervisory Team: Prof. Peter G. R Smith, Dr Corin Gawith Dr James Gates & Dr Christopher Holmes

Project description

Our team specialises in the development and manufacturing of novel optoelectronic devices for applications in quantum technology, integrated optical sensors and laser optics.

Ultra-precision machining of photonic components has revolutionised the production of optics, such as freeform lens and mirrors. Modern ultra-precision stages and diamond tools allow bulk optics to be formed with nanometer surface roughness and tolerances. This project will develop tools and ultra-precision processes that are designed specifically for photonics providing nanometer tolerances in a variety of materials including glasses, semiconductor and non-linear crystalline materials.

This collaborative project will target areas such as telecommunications, waveguide-based optics, and development of atom and ion trap systems for quantum computing and sensing.

The PhD programme

Our world-leading research centre is a hive of activity with over 200 staff and students working on cutting-edge research to provide innovative solutions for real life problems in manufacturing, communication technology, defence, health care, renewable energy and the environment.

We are looking for the photonics pioneers of the future to join our vibrant research team and work alongside our world-class researchers to make history. Our physics and materials science PhD programme offers a solid start to any career in optics and photonics, whether you are planning to stay in academia or work in industry.

Candidate Requirements:

Applications would be welcome from candidates holding good degrees (1st class, 2:1 honours or MSc) in physics, materials science, mechanical or electronic engineering. Experimental skills are essential. In addition to the standard EPSRC PhD studentship, this position includes an annual allowance to enable attendance at international conferences. This post is open to UK and EU citizens only, due to standard EPSRC eligibility requirements

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact James Gates Optical Engineering & Quantum Photonics Group Research Group, Email: J.Gates@soton.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 7811

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31st August 2021 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: full tuition plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £18,00 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

How To Apply

To apply for this studentship please submit an application for a PhD in the Optoelectronics Research Centre to the University of Southampton including the fact that you wish to do a PhD within Prof. Peter Smith's group. Please see the following address for more details

Applications should include:
  • Research Proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two reference letters
  • Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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