PhD Studentship, Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics
Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics
Location: Highfield Campus
Closing Date: Wednesday 31 August 2022
Supervisory Team: Prof. Peter G R Smith and Prof. Corin Gawith
Nonlinear photon sources for quantum technologies
Our team specialises in the development and manufacturing of novel optoelectronic devices for applications in quantum technology, integrated optical sensors and laser optics.
This research project aims to develop high power nonlinear optical waveguides as sources of photons for use in quantum imaging, quantum-secured telecomms, and quantum computing. With world-record results for periodically-poled lithium niobate (PPLN) waveguides and several products released via our spin-out company Covesion Ltd, this project will involve waveguide design, cleanroom fabrication, optical (laser) testing of new PPLN waveguide formats, and close collaboration with industrial end-users in various fields. The aim is to develop quantum-enabling components, demonstrators and systems that expand and showcase our abilities.
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.
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 Prof. Corin Gawith, Optical Engineering and Quantum Photonics Group, Email: email@example.com,
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 31 August 2022 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 £18,000 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: https://www.orc.soton.ac.uk/phd
Applications should include:
- Research Proposal
- Curriculum Vitae
- Two reference letters
- Degree Transcripts to date
For further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The School of Zepler Institute is committed to promoting equality, diversity inclusivity as demonstrated by our Athena SWAN award. We welcome all applicants regardless of their gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or age, and will give full consideration to applicants seeking flexible working patterns and those who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities, and offers a range of benefits to help ensure employees’ well-being and work-life balance. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and has been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.