PhD Studentship: Development of High-Performance Nonlinear Optical Crystals

University of Southampton

Supervisors: Dr Corin Gawith, Prof Peter Smith

The University of Southampton and Covesion Ltd ( are pleased to announce a 2017 collaborative industrial PhD CASE studentship on the development of next-generation nonlinear optical materials for advanced laser applications in quantum technology, gas & DNA spectroscopy, laser displays, and defence & security.

Covesion work closely with leading Universities and Research Institutes around the world, supplying nonlinear optical crystals that are used to change the colour of lasers to enable new scientific and industrial applications. Our products are used in a wide variety of ground-breaking technologies, from laser cinema projectors and anti-missile systems to the atomic clocks that define the second. A list of publications based on our products can be found at:!.html

This PhD CASE studentship will suit candidates wishing to work closely with industry on a very applied basis. Collaborating with Covesion engineers, the student will develop new manufacturing processes and operating schemes for nonlinear optical materials in order to improve scientific understanding and disseminate their use to a wide multidisciplinary audience. This project will be hosted at the University of Southampton and will include training on-site at Covesion’s manufacturing facility in Romsey (just 6 miles outside Southampton).

With a background in physics, electronics, material science, or engineering, successful candidates will be enthusiastic to work in a multi-disciplinary team with collaborators in both academia and industry across the UK and worldwide. Project activities will include cleanroom fabrication, high voltage electronics, optical design, laser testing, theoretical and computational modelling.

Please contact Dr Corin Gawith ( for further details.

The ORC PhD comprises a solid education for a research career. The structured first year involves attending our training programme running in parallel with carrying out your research project. This provides a smooth transition from your degree course towards the more open-ended research that takes place in the following years under the guidance of your project supervisors. We expect most of our students to present their work at international conferences and to write papers in leading academic journals as their research progresses. Students will emerge from the PhD with skills at the forefront of future photonics research and will benefit from the many opportunities to interact with the wider community of PhD students across the Southampton Campus.

The ORC is the leading photonics research institute in the UK and possibly in Europe. It comprises state-of-the-art cleanrooms for optical fibre, planar photonics, silicon and bio-photonics fabrication and over 80 laboratories. A PhD at the ORC has enabled our graduates to build successful careers in academia, national scientific laboratories, and as scientists or business leaders in industry. Our research papers, patents, spin-out companies and successful alumni place Southampton amongst the top institutes in the world.

Entry requirements: First or upper second-class degree or equivalent

Closing date: Applications should be received no later than 31 August 2017

Duration: 3.5 years (full-time)

Funding: Full tuition, plus for UK-eligible students an enhanced yearly stipend of £21,000 tax-free for up to 3.5 years (

Start date: October 2017


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