PhD Studentship - Nanophotonics: Theory on the Non-classical Behaviour of Nanoplasmonics

University of Birmingham - School of Physics and Astronomy

When light illuminates nano-sized metallic structures, the free electrons in the metal collectively oscillate, creating `plasmons'. By specifically designing the geometry and arrangement of the nano-metallic structures, one can direct and concentrate light at small enough volumes (nano-scale), which can enclose even single molecules. While, in general, plasmons obey the classical electromagnetic equations, at these small volumes the classical description fails and interesting quantum effects emerge that dominate and distort the plasmon. This is commonly referred to as the `non-locality' of plasmons.

This PhD project will focus on developing the necessary numerical tools to model and understand the non-local plasmons, and eventually their interaction with molecules. The candidate will also work very closely with the Nanophotonics group based at University of Cambridge.

The PhD candidate should have completed (or about to complete) his/her undergraduate degree in Physics (preferably with first class honours or equivalent). The PhD candidate is expected to have keen interest on Electromagnetism and good computational skills. Details of the project will be agreed with the successful candidate to tailor the research to his/her interests.

The project will take place in the Metamaterials Research Centre ( in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham, under the supervision of Dr. Angela Demetriadou (

In line with the Department’s Athena SWAN programme, we particularly welcome female applicants.

For details of the funding available, advice on making your application or any other informal enquiries, please contact Dr Angela Demetriadou at:

You can apply here:

clearly stating the title of the project, the Metamaterials Research Centre and the name of the supervisor (Dr. Angela Demetriadou).

Funding Details

Funding is awarded on competitive basis, is only available to UK/EU nationals and it will cover tuition fees and living stipend for 3.5 years. Non-EU candidates with the correct qualifications will only be considered if they are self-funded or funded via other means.

Closing Date

Applications accepted year round

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