PhD Studentship - Nanophotonic Devices at the Optical Fibre Surface

Aston University - Engineering and Applied Science - Studentships

Contract Type: Fixed Term (for 3 years)

Basis: Full Time

Closing Date: 23.59 hours GMT on Sunday 31 December 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 Aston Institute of Photonics Technologies (AIPT),, at Aston University. 

AIPT is currently the second largest photonics institute in the UK. The successful applicant will join an established research group working on the development of the experimental and theoretical foundations of a new revolutionary technology enabling the fabrication of microscopic photonics devices with sub-angstrom precision. The work on this project is supported by the EPSRC,

The position is available to start in 1st April, 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 (subject to eligibility). This application is only available to Home/EU students.

Overseas Applicants

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, or Confirmation that this funding support is in place will be required as part of the application process.

Background of the Project

The successful applicants will work on the development of a new photonic technology, Surface Nanoscale Axial Photonics (SNAP) which will allow to demonstrate miniature photonics devices with unprecedentedly high sub-angstrom precision and low loss. SNAP is a microphotonics fabrication platform employing whispering gallery modes of light in an optical fibre, which circulate near the fibre surface and slowly propagate along its axis. The speed of axial propagation of these modes is so slow that it can be fully controlled by dramatically small nanoscale variations of the fibre radius.

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in physics, electrical engineering and related subjects. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge of mathematical, physical, and mechanical simulation software (such as Mathcad, Matlab, or Mathematica, Comsol, Rsoft), optical and electronic characterization devices (e.g., optical spectrum analysers and oscilloscopes), skills in analytical calculations and description of physical phenomena.

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the AIPT, contact Prof M. Sumetsky by email

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: Applications should also be accompanied by a brief review of relevant research literature.

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

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