PhD Studentship (Industrial CASE award): Development of Mid-infrared Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) for Fast Response in a Dynamic Environment

University of Southampton

Light-based technologies are seeing many new applications owing to the rapid advancements in new sources and detectors. In this studentship, we are developing new techniques for light detection and ranging (LiDAR). LiDAR is a method for detecting objects with many emerging applications such as robotics, autonomous systems and self-driving cars.

This project aims to develop conceptually new LiDAR techniques that are specifically designed to solve challenges faced by our partner Dstl. The project will involve mid-infrared technology, using pulsed and continuous wave lasers in the range 1.5 to 4 micrometers to achieve high signal to noise. New approaches will be developed and tested using both time-of-flight pulsed LiDAR and coherent techniques. The project includes a four month placement at the Dstl site in Porton Down to conduct instrument tests in a realistic environment.

A fully funded PhD place on this project is available for UK applicants, through an Industrial CASE award funded by EPSRC and Dstl. The project will involve experimental research using state of the art facilities and equipment, with an eye on developing new applications. We are looking for a highly motivated candidate with good experimental research skills and a degree in physics, photonics engineering or another relevant subject.

Please note for funding this position is open for UK or European citizens only, due to standard EPSRC eligibility requirements.

For more information, please visit our group website at and contact Prof. Otto Muskens (

Key facts

Entry requirements: first or upper second-class degree or equivalent.

Closing date: Applications should be received no later than 31 August 2018 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Duration: 3.5 years (full-time)

Funding: full tuition fees for UK students, and a tax-free stipend of £14,777 per year

Assessment: Nine month and 18 month reports, viva voce and thesis examination

Start date: typically September/October 2018


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