PhD Studentship, Multimode Fibre Lasers

Southampton, United Kingdom
£18000 tax-free per anuum up to 3.5 years
18 Jul 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:  1836622PN

Supervisory Team:    Massimiliano Guasoni, Lin Xu, David Richardson

Project description

Project description

Multimode optical fibres have recently emerged as a promising breakthrough technology to boost the data transmission speed of the Internet network to unprecedented levels. In these fibres each spatial mode carries an independent data channel, and the interaction (cross-talk) among different modes is a problem to avoid.

In this PhD project we want to reverse this point of view, looking for novel opportunities arising from the interaction among spatial modes. We will develop novel fibre lasers where this interaction is the keystone to achieve light generation over a wide spectral bandwidth, well beyond what is possible with current fibre laser technology.

PhD Programme

You will work at the Optoelectronics Research Centre of the University of Southampton, in the Multimode Photonics Group led by Dr. Massimiliano Guasoni. Visits to our academic partners at the University La Sapienza of Rome, Italy, are envisaged.

You will acquire a broad set of skills: from the theoretical understanding of fibre lasers, up to the numerical design of fibre lasers via computational tools and experiments carried out on multimode fibres fabricated in the cleanrooms of the University of Southampton.

 You will have access to some among the best equipped laboratories and nanofabrication research facilities in the world (£ 120M worth), and to one of the most powerful supercomputers in UK. 

You will directly interact on a daily basis with world-leading scientists at the ORC that are revolutionizing the field of photonics, and you will have the opportunity to engage with several ORC industrial partners to increase the impact of your work. 

Furthermore, you will present your work both in leading academic journals and in oral presentations at the most renowned conferences all over the world, which will allow you to engage with and learn from the best researchers worldwide.

In the first year of your PhD, a structured training program will run along with the research project, which will allow a gradual transition from a taught degree to independent research.

For all these reasons, at the end of your PhD you will be ready to undertake a successful career as a top research scientist or business leader both in academia and in industry. Many former PhD graduates at the ORC have become academic or industry leading scientists. 

Requirements and key facts

 We are looking for bright UK graduates with a background in physics, material science, computer science, engineering or chemistry. First or upper second-class degree (or equivalent) is required.

  • Applications are welcome all the year long. The starting date is typically October but a different date might be acceptable. 
  • The duration for a full-time PhD is typically 3.5 years. 
  • Assessment: reports at the 9 and 18-month stage and an oral examination to determine progression to PhD, which is awarded after thesis submission and viva voce examination 
  • For further  information on this PhD project: please contact Dr. Massimiliano Guasoni ( 

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An attractive package is offered with full tuition funding plus a salary of £ 18000 tax-free per anuum up to 3.5 years.