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14 PhD/EngDs in EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage

University of Glasgow - PIADS Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)

The PIADS Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is a partnership between Queens University Belfast (QUB), the University of Glasgow (UoG) and the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC). We provide opportunities for applicants to research novel scientific and engineering developments in highly manufacturable photonic integration technologies with far-reaching applications related to the storage of digital information, telecommunications, biophotonics, healthcare and beyond. 


  • Our PhD and EngD programmes lead to unique jointly awarded research degrees from both QUB and UoG. 
  • 4-year studentships cover tuition fees and an annual maintenance stipend of £15,285 p.a. (+£5k tax free p.a for EngD students). 
  • In year one, students spend time at both universities, completing a range of scientific and technical courses whilst engaging in exploratory research projects, before choosing and embarking on their research project. 
  • Students manage their own (up to £27,000) research and training budget for costs such as start-up equipment, facility access, research consumables, travel and conference participation.

Want more info? Read about our activity in our annual research report!


CDT students undertake a diverse and exciting range of topical doctoral research projects which span physics, materials and electrical and optical engineering. They benefit from access to state of the art experimental and computational facilities at the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre and the Kelvin Nano Characterisation Centre at UoG, alongside the ANSIN advanced material research and development hub at QUB as well as in-house laboratories and semiconductor fabrication facilities at Tyndall National Institute.

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Designed and delivered in close consultation with our impressive range of industrial partners, the PIADS doctoral programme provides exciting sponsored PhD and EngD opportunities with Seagate Technology, Sivers Semiconductors, Fraunhofer and others.

  • PhD students complete their studies in the university setting whilst EngD candidates complete their research onsite with the industrial partner – both benefit from academic and industrial supervision and mentorship.
  • Every PIADS student benefits from ongoing opportunities to engage with our industrial partners through conferences, seminars, site visits, internships. 
  • Exclusive access to the tailored “Teamwork and Collaboration Skills in a Cross-Geographical Environment” programme delivered by Seagate Technology - part of their Global Leadership programme.

“Photonics is a major growth area both in the UK and worldwide. Integrated photonics is a key driver and its application to data storage is set to underpin significant technology development. This CDT is therefore excellently positioned to drive forward vital R&D and ensure the provision of the necessary industrial skills.”

- Mat Wasley, Knowledge Transfer Manager for Photonics, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).


  • A ≥2:1 (BSc/Masters) in Physics, Chemistry, Materials, Electrical/Biomedical/Chemical Engineering.

Committed to providing an inclusive environment in which diverse students can thrive, the CDT particularly encourages applications from women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, who are currently under-represented in the sector.

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Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Glasgow
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,285 - please see advert
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 26th February 2021
Closes: 24th May 2021
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