PhD Studentship - Advanced Semiconductor Nonlinear Crystals for the Generation of Mid-IR light in Broad Wavelength Ranges

Aston University - Engineering and Applied Science

Contract Type: Fixed Term (for 3 years)

Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Tuesday 31 October 2017

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Applications are invited for a three year Postgraduate studentship, supported by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be undertaken within the Optoelectronics and Biomedical Photonics Research Group at Aston University. The successful applicant will join an established experimental group working on semiconductor-based lasers and nonlinear optics.

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

Financial Support
This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance of £14,553 in 2017/18.

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 £12,005 in 2017/18.  As part of the application process confirmation that this funding support is in place will be required.

Background of the Project
This project is concerned with the design of novel high-performance orientation-patterned GaAs (OP-GaAs) crystals in different configurations for efficient light generation in the mid-IR spectral range and the development of compact broadly-tunable optical sources covering the mid-IR (3 - 16 μm and beyond) spectral region using Optical Parametric Oscillator (OPO) and supercontinuum generation techniques. Project activities will include: modelling, design optimisation and testing of semiconductor nonlinear crystals; design and development of compact broadly-tunable near/mid-IR laser systems (OPOs and Supercontinuum generating laser systems) using bulk and waveguided OP-GaAs crystals pumped by a tunable Ti:Sapphire laser, a tunable Nd:YAG-pumped OPO system and diode lasers.

Person Specification
The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in Electronic Engineering, Applied Physics or Physics. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of laser physics and nonlinear optics.

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the Optoelectronics and Biomedical Photonics Research Group, contact Dr Natalia Bazieva: / 0121 204 3692 or Prof Edik Rafailov: / 0121 204 3718, (

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.

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

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