Phd Studentship, Integrated Microwave Photonics

Southampton, United Kingdom
18,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years
25 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
31 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Wednesday 31 August 2022
Reference:  1675122PN

Supervisory Team:    Prof. Peter G R Smith, Dr James Gates

Project description

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

This PhD project considers the development of planar integrated photonic devices and systems for microwave/RF signal processing in the optical domain, such as a combination of directional couplers, Mach-Zehnder interferometers (MZI) and Bragg gratings, for use in microwave photonic systems. Integrated microelectronic circuits have penetrated every aspect of the field of signal processing, particularly in optical fibre telecommunication systems. Nevertheless, there is increasing exploration of all-optical signal processing due to its unprecedented large bandwidth and fast operating speed. One route uses integrated optical chips to realize photonic devices and systems for microwave/RF signal processing.

The research work is also going to be in collaboration with the academic and industry organizations in the Optics Valley of China in Wuhan, China. The goal of this project is to build monolithic integrated planar devices for use in the ultrawide bandwidth and ultrafast signal processing for microwave photonic systems. It will involve the design and manufacture of integrated planar components and devices using the bespoke fabrication facilities developed within our research group, including flame hydrolysis deposition, direct UV laser writing, and also cleanroom facilities.

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 of the Optical Engineering & Quantum Photonics Group, Email: Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 7811

Entry Requirements

A suitable 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 2022 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

 Funding: full tuition fees are provided for UK students and 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: 

Applications should include

  • Research Proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two reference letters
  • Degree Transcripts to date

For further information, please contact:

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