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Department of Physics
Dr A Casey
Applications accepted all year round
Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Applications are invited for an Impact PhD studentship in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics. The studentship has been made available through a collaboration between the London Low Temperature Laboratory, in the Department of Physics at Royal Holloway University of London, and Oxford Instruments Nanoscience (OIN).
The project will focus on addressing the grand challenge of Quantum Physics for New Quantum Technologies through the study of nano-scale electronic and mechanical devices at ultra-low temperatures. The project will involve developing a cryogen-free low temperature platform for experiments to temperatures below one miilikelvin, the realization of new techniques for the cooling and interrogation of quantum nano-devices, and the development of novel thermometry.
The student will have the opportunity to work both in the world-class facilities of Royal Holloway’s London Low Temperature Laboratory and experience aspects of commercial product development at Oxford Instrument’s Tubney Wood facility in Oxfordshire. At Royal Holloway the research will be centred on a new cryogen-free dilution refrigerator, and a third nuclear demagnetization facility, and involve the exploitation and further development of measurement schemes using superconducting quantum interference devices (SQUIDs).
The London Low Temperature Laboratory is part of the European Microkelvin Consortium, and the project will have a strong element of national and international collaboration. Oxford instruments are a world leading manufacturer and supplier of hi-tech scientific instruments in field such as the creation of low temperature and high magnetic field environments; X-ray, electron and optical based metrology; nuclear magnetic resonance, and advanced semiconductor processing technologies.
If you choose to apply, please use the 'apply online' links to the Royal Holloway website and fill out the online application form. In addition, please forward your CV, transcript, reference and supporting statement to us on email using the email button.


Funding Notes:

The position is fully funded for three years. The envisaged start date for this position is as soon as possible. Candidates should have a degree in physics or a related subject, preferably at masters level (M.Sci in UK). An interest in experimental condensed matter physics is essential and some background in this subject would be a great advantage.



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