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PhD Studentship for nanophotonics research

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School of Mechanical Engineering
Dr H Butt
Applications accepted all year round

A PhD studentship opportunity exists at the 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. The integration of these optical devices with MEMs will also be explored to achieve tunability. The research will be partly carried out in collaboration between School of Mechanical Engineering, Birmingham University and Electrical Engineering Department, University of Cambridge.

The candidate should be qualified to at least first degree level (above 70%) with a first class honors degree (high 2:1) in an appropriate branch of Engineering (e.g. Electrical), or Science (e.g. Physics, Material). Preference will be given to candidates having experience in optical characterisation (goniometers) or metamaterials or MEMs devices. A background in lithography, clean room hand experience, FIB and electron microscopy characterisation experience is advantageous, although full training will be provided.

Funding Notes:

The studentship has no nationality restrictions and will cover the University Tuition fee and living expenditure of the selected candidate.


Applications comprising a detailed CV highlighting the previous qualifications (with grades/percentage/CGPA received) and projects undertaken, along with the names and addresses of two referees should be sent to Dr Haider Butt.

The CVs not mentioning the exact grades will not be considered.

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