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PhD Studentship in Integrated Nonlinear Photonics

Heriot-Watt University - Microstructure Nonlinear Optics (MNO) - Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Edinburgh
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, Self-funded Students
Funding amount: £14,777 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 22nd January 2019
Closes: 22nd April 2019

The field of nonlinear photonics has continuously led to the development of novel optical devices. Higher harmonic generation, spontaneous emission of entangled photons, and Raman amplification are only few examples to show the impact of this field in optical science and technology. Because of the rapid progress in fabrication techniques, new integrated photonic waveguides have been successfully demonstrated. These microstructures can be tailored in unprecedented ways to engineer their linear and nonlinear properties.   

The new Microstructure Nonlinear Optics (MNO) research group at Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences in Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh offer a fully-funded PhD position to thoroughly explore different nonlinear interactions in novel microstructured fibres and silicon waveguides for developing new classical and quantum applications. The MNO group is equipped with the state-of-the-art workstations and the essential software packages. We sought a self-motivated student, who will acquire a potential experience in the fields of nonlinear optics, quantum optics,  and silicon photonics during their PhD programme. All applicants must have or expect to have a master degree by Autumn 2019. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype). The proposed work will involve extensive analytical research and numerical simulations. Collaboration with other groups inside and outside the host institution will be also a part of the project to demonstrate the theoretical predictions. 

Heriot–Watt’s Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences (IPaQS) is a thriving environment for PhD research, having a total of 160 academics, postdocs, PhD and EngD students working full–time in the general photonics field. Heriot–Watt is based in a modern environment on the outskirts of Edinburgh, with excellent transport links to the centre of one of Europe’s most exciting cities. Heriot–Watt was recently awarded a UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics, cementing Heriot–Watt’s reputation as a centre of excellence in photonics, and providing PhD students with an even more attractive environment for study, as well as enhanced training opportunities. IPaQS is one of the main partners in the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) whose Graduate School provides added value to PhD student education in Scottish Physics Departments, principally in terms of inter–University video–linked taught courses and transferable skills tuition. 

Funding is available via the Doctoral-Training-Partnership scholarships that are only open to UK/EU applicants, who meet residency requirements set out by EPSRC regulations. The annual stipend is approx. £14,777 for 3.5 years. Other self-funded students are also welcome to apply.

For more details, please send inquiry emails to Dr. Saleh at

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