PhD Studentship - Mid infrared photonic devices and sensing

Birmingham, West Midlands
07 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Applications are invited for a three year Postgraduate studentship, supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to be undertaken within the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AiPT) at Aston University. The successful applicant will join an established experimental group working on photonic device and sensing technologies for food industries, closely in collaboration with Branscan Ltd and Warburton Ltd.

The position is available to start in October 2018 (subject to negotiation)

Financial Support

This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate, plus a maintenance allowance of £14,777 in 2018/19 (subject to eligibility).

This application is only available to Home/EU students.

Background of the Project

In contrast to the well-developed near infrared region, photonic technologies at mid infrared region is much less explored yet in terms of light sources , detectors, waveguides and a variety of devices. However, a number of molecules have their finger print absorption peaks in this spectral region, making it of tremendous interest to many scientific technologies and industrial applications, including atmospheric, environment, security and defence, remote explosive detection, covert communication systems.

For safety and quality control, online monitoring of materials using spectroscopy methods are indispensable tools, widely used for industrial sectors like food, oil and gas, environment and defence as well. Here we encourage a highly calibre candidate to apply for a PhD studentship in synergy with the ongoing project, aiming at research and development of fibre laser concepts, particularly in the Mid infrared range. You will also study microfabrication of photonic devices using lasers and up-to-front fibre optical sensing techniques. You will have the opportunity to study and work in the world first class research laboratories, and collaboration with reputed researchers and industrial partners.

Aston Institute of photonic Technology is world recognised top class research organisation devoted to cutting edge researches covering fundamental scientific concepts to industrial applications.

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in physics or electronic engineering. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of optics, electronics, sensors and photonics. Applicants should fulfil the eligibility criteria for EPSRC funding through UK nationality and/or residency status (see

Contact information

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the Aston Institute of photonic Technologies, contact Professor Sergei Turitsyn or Dr Kaiming Zhou

If you require further information about the application process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at

Submitting an application

The online application form, reference forms and details of entry requirements, including English language are available here. Applications must also be accompanied by a research proposal giving an overview of the main themes of the research, and explaining how your knowledge and experience will benefit the project.

Details of how to write your project proposal are also included in the How to Apply section.

We would particularly like to encourage application from women seeking to progress their academic careers. Aston University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recently recognised by a prestigious Silver Award to EAS, and we pride ourselves on our vibrant, friendly and supportive environment and family atmosphere.

Closing Date: 15 June 2018

Further particulars and application forms are available in alternative formats on request i.e. large print, Braille, tape or CD Rom.

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