PhD Studentship: Novel Mid-IR ultrafast fibre lasers

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 School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be undertaken within the Fibre Lasers Research Group, Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies at Aston University. The successful applicant will join an established experimental group working on development of novel fibre lasers and accessing Mid-IR wavelength range.

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.

Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, currently this is £12,290 in 2018/19.

As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or, secured this additional funding.

Background of the Project

This project will develop femtosecond fibre lasers reaching the mid-infrared range (3 - 10 μm and beyond) to advance existing opportunities in medical applications, particularly cancer diagnostics. Through the project novel glass matrixes and designs of optical fibres and unique materials will be investigated. Planned project activities include: fibre laser modelling, design and optimisation; design and development of broadband fibre laser systems covering near/mid-IR range, development OPOs and supercontinuum laser systems. The resulting laser systems will be implemented into biomedical sensors.

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in optical telecommunications, laser physics, laser technologies, Applied Physics or Physics. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of experimental work in the field of nonlinear optics, fibre optics, laser technology; skills in LabView or MatLab. If English is not your first language, you should have IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each band) or higher.

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the Fibre Laser Research Group, contact Dr Maria Chernysheva by email

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

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.

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.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact HR via

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