PhD Studentship: Mid-IR Photonics

Aston University - School of Engineering and Applied Science

Applications are invited for a three year Postgraduate studentship, supported by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be undertaken within the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies at Aston University. The successful applicant will join an established experimental group working on optical sensing technologies for avionic industries, closely in collaboration with a company, Branscan Ltd.

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 you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or, secured this additional funding.

Background of the Project

Aston university has recently awarded an Innovateuk project in collaboration with food industries, including Branscan Ltd and Warburton.

For food safety and quality control, online monitoring of materials using spectroscopy methods are indispensable tools, which are widely used for other industrial sectors like oil and gas, environment and defence as well. Mid-ir has been the main spectral region for identification of chemicals, which used to be limited by the availability of high performance photonic companies.  New photonic technologies have been push forward and novel fibre optical based devices offer new opportunities.

Here we encourage highly calibre candidate to apply for a PhD studentship in synergy with the ongoing project, aiming at research and development of novel fibre laser technologies, particularly in the Mid infrared range, where a wide range of chemicals has fingerprint absorptions. You will have the opportunity to study and work in the world first class research laboratories, and collaboration with reputed researchers and industrial partners.

For more information, please contact Dr Kaiming Zhou -

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in physics or electronic engineering.  Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of optics, electronics, sensors and photonics. 

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within AIPT, contact Dr Kaiming Zhou by email   

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.

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