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Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow ITN

University of Southampton - Fibre & Systems Group

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Southampton
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £38,958 to £43,758 per annum (subject to bi-annual exchange rate reviews)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th February 2019
Closes: 1st April 2019
Reference: 1104419PN

Location:  Highfield Campus

Fixed Term (for 36 months)

Interview Date:   To be confirmed

We are pleased to offer an early stage researcher PhD position, to begin with the new academic year in 2019, as part of the Innovative Training Network of the European Commission entitled, GREAT “Grating Reflectors Enabled laser Applications and Training". The positions will last three years, and will allow the students to participate in an exciting program comprising international schools, workshops, and secondments to academic, as well as industrial, partners.

The overall aim of the GREAT project is to train a cohort of 15 ESRs through the completion of interconnected individual projects that will deliver innovative approaches for development and use of Grating Waveguide Structures (GWS), from design to implementation, in a variety of laser systems. Details of each project can be found here: The two projects offered in the Optoelectronics Research Centre will lead groundbreaking research into crystalline GWS in our unique pulsed-laser-deposition and clean-room facilities. This research will be paramount for the realization of novel optics based upon GWS, leading to the consolidation and expansion of their use in several advanced application-themes in the field of Laser.

You must have a strong background in advanced materials, optics, and laser physics along with excellent experimental skills. You will be expected to work as part of a cohesive team, to interact with internal and external project partners and the entire ESR cohort, and to disseminate result findings to the broader community. It is expected that you will hold a Masters degree in Physics/Engineering or equivalent field, with relevant experience at in solid-state lasers or physical vapour deposition techniques.  A hands-on approach is necessary and it would be desirable for you to have experience with modelling and engineering design software, along with a keen interest in developing new physical ideas from proof-of-principle to implementation.

A generous salary reflects the quality expectations for these prestigious Marie-Curie ESR positions, as per the guidelines European Commission H2020 / Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA-ITN-ETN). Please note the eligibility criteria provided in the details of the project at the aforementioned websites.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Jacob Mackenzie. Email: Phone +44 (0)23 80592693.

The closing date for applications for these ESR positions is 01 April 2019. 

Please send your full applications, as per the instructions at to

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