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Integrated Ultrafast Photonics within the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) project Industrial Pathway to Micro-Lasers (2019)

University of Sussex

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Falmer
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 23rd May 2019
Closes: 1st September 2019

A three-and-a-half-year studentship for a UK or EU student which covers fees and living expenses.

Type of award Postgraduate Research

PhD Project

The Emergent Photonics Lab of the School of Mathematical and Physical Science (MPS) is pleased to offer a funded PhD position in the field of Ultrafast Photonics.

The core interest of the Emergent Photonics Lab is Ultrafast Photonics with major research lines in Integrated Photonics, Optical Metrology and Terahertz Photonics. Industrial Pathway to Micro-Lasers a multidisciplinary project led by Dr Alessia Pasquazi funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC - for a value of about 0.7 Million of GBP), in a partnership with the National Physical Laboratory (time standard leader)  and MSquared (Glasgow-based company, a leader in compact high-power lasers)

The PhD project goal is the establishment (modelling and experiments) of a self-stabilised micro-comb suitable for industrial deployment. As such, the involvement in a significant IP production is foreseen. The scientific production of the supervisor can be found here  More details about the project will be discussed at the interview stage. 

The project will be supervised by Dr Alessia Pasquazi.


You will receive:

  • fully-funded tuition fees for 3 and a half years (at the UK/EU rate)
  • a tax free bursary for living costs for 3 and a half years. For 2019/20 this is £14,777 per year.
  • a research training support grant for 3 and a half years of £1,650 per year.

You may also supplement your income with paid teaching (with your supervisor’s agreement).


You should have or will soon complete a UK Master's level degree in physics or electrical engineering, or the non-UK equivalent.

You should be a UK/European Union (EU) student who has been resident in the UK/EU for at least three years.

You should have a strong interest in research coupled with outstanding technical and/or theoretical skills. You must have the ability to manage resources, be able to work independently and to organize and lead small team activities. 

Applicants must have English ability above IELTS 6.0


1 September  2019 12:36 (GMT)  or as soon as filled.

How to apply

Informal enquiries are very welcome. Contact Dr Alessia Pasquazi

Apply via the University of Sussex on-line system at

Apply for September 2019 admission, selecting the PhD in Physics and stating in the Financial Information section of the form that you are applying for this award, supervised by Dr Alessia Pasquazi.

Provide a statement explaining

-your interest in the research field

-the skills you can bring to it (including any IT or electronic abilities)

-your overall suitability for the research

-your familiarity (if any) in producing publication-level scientific manuscripts.

Contact us

Informal enquiries are very welcome. Contact Dr Alessia Pasquazi:

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