Funded PhD studentship in Physics: Directed self-assembly for metamaterials: physics and devices: geometries for nanophotonic applications

University of Hull

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering one fully paid UK/EU PhD Scholarship or an International Fees Bursary for this project

Studentship will start on 30th January 2017

Supervisors: Dr. A. Adawi (, 01482 465 037), Prof. M. O’ Neill, Dr. J.-S. Bouillard, Prof. G. Mehl, Dr. J.M. Chin, Dr. M. Reithofer, School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

We are seeking applications for a PhD position as part of a major research initiative from the University of Hull to advance directed self-assembly for metamaterials. The project is an active collaboration between physicists and chemists within the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences and in association with the George Gray Centre for Advanced Materials. The successful candidate will be part of a larger research cluster counting several other PhD students and a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant. This award is part of an ambitious and multidisciplinary project aimed at developing novel and innovative geometries for metamaterials. These allow for the creation of exotic behaviour, such as negative or zero refractive index and the custom designing of optical properties of quantum emitters to open the way for revolutionary nano-photonic devices.

The successful candidate will benefit by working with a large interdisciplinary group in our newly established nano-spectroscopy suite. This is equipped with state-of-the-art optical equipment including high spatial and spectral CW and lifetime fluorescence spectroscopy, with k-space imaging and scanning capabilities over the range 400 nm-2200 nm. Micro-reflectivity/transmission/absorption techniques, single particle PLE spectroscopy and single particle surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy are also available. This project will also benefit from the facilities available within the faculty of science microscopy suite, where we have several optical, fluorescence and confocal microscopes, AFM, SEM and TEM. Materials will be provided by synthetic chemists in the team.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to work on cutting edge research, in an environment of great support and collegiality, while building your personal goals. The University of Hull was the birthplace of liquid crystal displays through the pioneering work of Prof George Gray and is recognised with a blue plaque erected by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Several of the University's researchers including those working in the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences have received a Queen's award. The University of Hull is one of the most picturesque in the country, and enjoys historical connections to Philip Larkin and Andrew Marvell.

We are looking for a self-motivated person with excellent experimental skills who will enjoy working in an interdisciplinary research environment. In order to qualify for this scholarship you will require an undergraduate degree with at least a 2.1, or equivalent in a relevant subject, such as physics, or engineering.

For a UK/EU citizen, the scholarship includes fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and a maintenance bursary (£14,057 in 2015/16) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

For a non-UK/EU citizen, the scholarship includes full fees at the International student rate for three years with no maintenance bursary, dependent on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 30th December 2016 at the latest.

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