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Integrated Ultrafast Photonics within the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) Project Optical Frequency Combs in Optical Micro-resonator for Portable Atomic Clocks (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. The scope of this experimental project, with some possibility for theoretical work, is to develop compact microcomb devices based on special pulses called laser cavity solitons for portable atomic clock applications. The PhD scholarship is funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

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 2018/19 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:

Email if you have a question about your eligibility for the project.


The latest date for applications is 01 Jan 2019. However, early application is advised because the post will be filled as soon as possible.

Possible Start dates at Sussex: February 2019, May 2019, September 2019

First payment of bursary: Within the first month

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