|Funding for:||UK Students|
|Funding amount:||From £20,000 For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend, tax-free, per annum for up to 3.5 years|
|Placed On:||20th December 2022|
|Closes:||20th March 2023|
Project title: Ultra-precision machining of photonics
Supervisory Team: Dr James Gates, Dr Paul Gow and Prof. Corin Gawith
Our team specialises in the development and manufacturing of novel optoelectronic devices for applications in quantum technology, integrated optical sensors and laser optics.
Ultra-precision machining of photonic components has revolutionised the production of optics, such as freeform lenses and mirrors. Modern ultra-precision stages and diamond tools allow bulk optics to be formed with nanometre surface roughness and tolerances. This project will develop tools and ultra-precision processes that are designed specifically for photonics in a variety of materials, including glasses, semiconductors, and nonlinear crystalline materials. Building on collaborations with industrial partners across the UK, this project targets applications in telecommunications, waveguide-based optics, and the development of atom and ion trap systems for quantum computing and sensing.
The PhD programme
Our world-leading research centre is a hive of activity with over 300 staff and students working on cutting-edge research to provide innovative solutions for real-life problems in manufacturing, communication technology, defence, healthcare, renewable energy and the environment.
We are looking for the photonics pioneers of the future to join our vibrant research team and work alongside our world-class researchers to make history. Our physics and materials science PhD programme offers a solid start to any career in optics and photonics, whether you are planning to stay in academia or work in industry.
Applications would be welcome from candidates holding good degrees (1st class, 2:1 honours or MSc) in physics, materials science, mechanical or electronic engineering. Experimental skills are essential. In addition to the standard EPSRC PhD studentship, this position includes an annual allowance to enable attendance at international conferences. This post is open to UK citizens only due to standard EPSRC eligibility requirements.
If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact James Gates Optical Engineering & Quantum Photonics Group Research Group, Email: J.Gates@soton.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 7811
A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).
Closing date: Applications are accepted throughout the year and several start dates throughout the year are possible. Applications for the typical Sept./Oct. 2023 start should be received no later than 31 August 2023.
Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £20,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.
How To Apply
Apply online: PhD Application | Research | University of Southampton. Select programme type (Research), 2023/24, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD ORC (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor James Gates
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