Fully Funded PhD Studentship in Physics

University of Salford - School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Permanent or length of contract: Fixed-term
Part time/full time: Full-time  
Salary range: This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate, plus a maintenance allowance of £14,553/year.

Fully Funded PhD Studentship in Physics at the University of Salford

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship, to commence in September/October 2018, at the Optoelectronic Devices and Materials (ODM) Laboratory, University of Salford, under the supervision of Dr Mark Hughes.

Prospective students can consider projects on a variety of topics, including:

  1. Quantum technologies based on ion implanted silicon.
  2. Chalcogenide glass metallization memory cells.
  3. Optoelectronic bismuth doped glasses.

Financial Support

This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate, plus a maintenance allowance of £14,553/year.

Project details

  1. Technologies that exploit quantum phenomena are set to revolutionise computing and communication by offering an exponential, rather than a linear, computation speed up with the number of “bits”, and by offering unprecedented levels of communication security. In this project we will introduce a new quantum technology platform to the research community: Er implanted Si. This platform combines the telecommunication capability of Er and integrated circuit capability of Si, making it valuable for both quantum computing and quantum communication applications. The successful candidate will perform the first ever photon echo measurements of an implanted rare-earth in a dedicated laboratory at the University of Salford, and work in close collaboration with industrial and academic partners.
  2. Chalcogenide glasses have the extraordinary ability to permit the diffusion of metal ions. This ability can be exploited in electrochemical metallization memory cells, where the application of a bias causes the diffusion of metal ions, followed by the precipitation of a metal filament between two contacts leading to a low resistance state. Application of a reverse bias causes dissolution of the metal filament leading to a high resistance state. This phenomenon could be exploited to produce a non-volatile, high density and fast memory that could revolutionise computing. The successful candidate will fabricate and characterise electrochemical metallization memory cells, using a high performance chalcogenide material, at the University of Salford, and work in close collaboration with industrial and academic partners.
  3. Bi doping is one of the only known methods of reversing the p-type conduction of chalcogenide glasses, which can allow the fabrication of electronic devices. Bismuth doping also yields characteristic absorption and photoluminescence bands in a variety of materials, and broadband Bi-doped silica fibre lasers operating at telecoms wavelengths have been demonstrated. A host material for Bi with both electronic and lasing capability could be used as a platform for future optical computers. The successful candidate will fabricate and characterise a variety of Bi doped materials.

Eligibility

Applicants should have, or, by October 2018 be expected to have, a degree in physics, engineering, or related discipline.

How to apply

Email your CV and a covering letter highlighting your suitability for the position to the principal investigator, Dr. Mark Hughes (m.a.hughes@salford.ac.uk). Application deadline: 9th April 2018.

For more information and to apply for this vacancy please visit: http://www.jobs.salford.ac.uk/

Closing date: 09/04/2018 
Interview date:  TBC

At the University of Salford we are committed to an inclusive approach to promoting equality and diversity.  

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