A PhD studentship opportunity exists at the Nanoscale Laboratory, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham for conducting interdisciplinary research at the interface of photonics, nanoparticles and materials, electro-optical devices and sensors. The candidate will explore the novel properties of various nanomaterials based on carbon (graphene/carbon nanotubes) and metals (gold/silver nanoparticles). Based on their properties the nanomaterials will be utilised for producing novel and cost effective photonic/plasmonic devices such as metamaterials and optical biosensors. The research work will comprise of finite element method simulations, nanofabrication, and experimental characterisation of nanophotonic devices. Some research work will be carried out in collaboration with the Electrical Engineering Division, University of Cambridge and will require some traveling.
The candidate should be qualified to at least first degree level (above 70%) with a first class honors degree (high 2:1) in one of the following disciplines Electrical Engineering, Material Science, Physics or Optics.
Some background in optics or nano-photonics is a must.
Previous experience in lithography, clean room hand experience, FIB and electron microscopy characterisation experience is advantageous, although full training will be provided.
The studentship has no nationality restrictions. However, for overseas students only the University fee and a partial stipend will be covered by the scholarship.
For UK/EU students the stipend can be discussed and will depend on qualifications.
Applications comprising a detailed CV highlighting the previous qualifications (with grades/percentage/CGPA received) and photonics related projects undertaken and publications should be sent to Dr Haider Butt.
The CVs not mentioning the exact grades will not be considered.