PhD in Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Oxide Heterostructures at Imperial College

Imperial College London - Department of Materials, Faculty of Engineering

Campus: South Kensington and White City Campus

Duration: 36 Months

Supervisor: Dr Anna Regoutz

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship in photoelectron spectroscopy of oxide heterostructures available at Imperial College London starting in October 2018.

Metal oxides are one of the top candidates to help us move from the silicon age into a new era of more powerful, energy efficient, and flexible electronics. They show the widest range of physical characteristics of any material family and in devices are often used in the form of thin films buried within layers of different materials. In this PhD project, you will investigate these oxide materials using advanced spectroscopy methods.

In particular, you will study the interfaces between oxides and adjacent layers of other materials in heterostructures relevant to electronic devices used in a variety of applications. These interfaces determine the overall device behaviour and therefore it is of utmost importance to understand the local chemistry and physics. However, this is complicated as at an interface, large numbers of completely new interactions are possible and many are still poorly understood. However, if oxides are to be successfully used in devices, we need to understand what is happening at these interfaces.

To gain insights into these interesting material structures, you will use highly advanced X-ray techniques, focusing primarily on hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES). This will involve the use of laboratory- as well as synchrotron-based facilities. The measurements won’t be limited to static investigations but will also include in-situ and in-operando exploration of devices under more realistic conditions.

Applicants should have a Master’s or First degree with 1st or Upper Second Class in Physics, Chemistry or Materials Science and a strong interest in experiments in both laboratory environments as well as at international facilities.

We encourage informal enquiries about the project, which can be made to Dr Regoutz at Further information on the area of research can be found at

This PhD studentship is funded by the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and is open to UK home students or European students who have spent the last three years in the UK. The studentship will cover tuition fees plus the standard maintenance stipend of £16,553 (this year’s rate) per annum.

The prospectus, entry requirements and application form (under ‘how to apply’) are available at:

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter to Dr Anna Regoutz at and will be required to complete an electronic application form. The prospectus, entry requirements and application form (under ‘how to apply’) are available at:, Please contact Fiona Thomson ( While information about the Department can be found at

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