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  Doctor of Engineering (EngD): Computational Techniques for the Flat Imager
  Prof D Reid
Application Deadline: 30 January 2020

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MBDA has patented a novel infrared (IR) imaging device known within the company as the Flat Imager. The Flat Imager is similar in design to a TOMBO* imaging system, in so far as the device will capture multiple similar images of a scene.
  Doctor of Engineering (Eng D): Process optimisation strategies for multiple COSI techniques
  Prof D Reid, Dr C Clemente, Prof S Marshall
Application Deadline: 30 January 2020

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MBDA is expanding its research into Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging (COSI). One area of interest is Structured Imaging using, for example, Ladar (Laser Detecting and Ranging) to map a scene in real-time.
  3D printing of micro-scale graded shape memory components for in-vivo actuated medical devices
  Prof D P Hand
Applications accepted all year round

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Micro-robots for medicine require highly controlled actuation at a micro-scale to provide controlled motion, testing of tissue compliance, biopsy, etc, and this is a prospect offered by functionally-graded shape memory alloys (SMAs).
  Object Detection and Tracking Using High-Speed 3D Image Sensors
  Dr I Gyongy
Application Deadline: 29 June 2020

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3D image capture by existing LIDAR and Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensors is typically limited to relatively low frame rates due to bottleneck issues in the data readout and/or the necessity for optical scanning to cover a sufficiently large field of view.
  Doctor of Engineering (EngD) Short pulse lasers for machining composite materials (Luxinar)
  Prof D Reid, Prof D Esser
Applications accepted all year round

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Project not available to non UK/EU applicants. The EngD is an alternative to a traditional PhD aimed at students wanting a career in industry.
  Frontiers of ultrafast laser fabrication
  Prof R Thomson
Applications accepted all year round

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Ultrafast lasers offer unprecedented fabrication capabilities in terms of precision and three-dimensional flexibility. These capabilities are opening up previously impossible capabilities, such as three-dimension nano-lithography in bulk crystals [1], and the creation of unique mode-selective fibre Bragg-gratings [2].
  Astrophotonic technologies for exoplanet hunting
  Prof R Thomson
Applications accepted all year round

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Photonic technologies facilitate the manipulation of light in ways that are simply not possible using traditional optical technologies e.g.
  Ultra-high resolution microendoscopy
  Prof R Thomson
Applications accepted all year round

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Microendoscopy is a remarkable imaging technique that exploits single optical fibres with thousands of light guiding cores to image structures in confined regions of the body with ~ micron level resolution.
  Novel platforms for integrated quantum devices based on rare earth doped insulating materials
  Dr M Mazzera
Applications accepted all year round

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We offer a 3-year PhD position for a talented, proactive, and strongly motivated candidate who will contribute building a new setup with potential for ground breaking scientific research in the field of solid-state quantum memories for quantum communication applications.
  Doctor or Engineering (EngD): Electro-optic devices for extreme LIDAR in highly dynamic environments
  Prof D Reid
Application Deadline: 30 January 2020

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Project Description. LIDAR / LADAR has become widespread in recent years, and uses pulse lasers to make time of flight measurements in order to build up a digital model of a scene.
  Doctor of Engineering (EngD): Optical Fibre Sensing for Offshore Renewable Energy (Fraunhofer)
  Dr W N MacPherson, Dr Brian Sellar
Application Deadline: 30 December 2019

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Project not available to non UK/EU applicants. Project Description. Distributed optical fibre sensing is a topic of great industrial relevance.
  Miniature femtosecond laser frequency combs for astrophotonics and quantum metrology
  Prof D Reid
Application Deadline: 5 December 2019

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This project concerns the development and application of Yb-based femtosecond lasers operating at pulse repetition rates in the few-GHz range, and their stabilisation as full “frequency combs” using novel nonlinear supercontinuum devices.
  Doctor of Engineering (EngD) - Ultrafast laser inscription of components for quantum technologies
  Prof A Kar, Prof D Reid
Applications accepted all year round

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The Ultrafast Laser Inscription technique exploits the high fields present at the focus of an ultrafast pulse train to modify transparent materials.
  New optical components and devices from micro-structured fibres
  Dr J D Shephard
Applications accepted all year round

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A range of hollow core micro-structured fibres have been developed over the past 10 years with promising and unique optical properties.
  Laser controlled nanoparticle deposition
  Dr J D Shephard
Applications accepted all year round

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Jetting of nanoparticle inks is a key additive manufacturing technology enabling direct writing of multi-material multi-functional components.
  Ultrafast lasers for surgical applications
  Dr J D Shephard
Applications accepted all year round

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New technologies aimed at enabling the practical use ultrafast picosecond/femtosecond lasers in modern surgical procedures will be investigated.
  Next Generation Components for Quantum Communication
  Prof G Buller
Applications accepted all year round

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Quantum Communications has the potential to provide verifiably secure communications, guaranteed by the laws of quantum mechanics.
  Quantum-Enhanced Imaging in Extreme Environments
  Prof G Buller
Applications accepted all year round

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Single-Photon and photon-pair correlated imaging has opened up a number of exciting possibilities for three-dimensional imaging in extreme environments such as imaging through obscurants (eg fog, smoke), and underwater.
  Index-near-zero-embedded optical resonators
  Dr M Ferrera
Applications accepted all year round

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Optical cavities (nanoantennas, micro-ring resonators, Fabry-Perot nanocavities, etc.) immersed in an index-near-zero environment will be modelled, fabricated, and characterised.
  Ultra-nonlinear epsilon-near-zero flat optics
  Dr M Ferrera
Applications accepted all year round

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Design and characterisation of different artificial materials for the design of ultra-fast tuneable photonics devices. Giant epsilon-near-zero nonlinearities are targeted to allow subwavelength manipulation of light in both classic and quantum regime.
  Designer two-dimensional heterostructures for quantum photonics
  Dr B D Gerardot
Applications accepted all year round

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Two-dimensional semiconductors, which can be easily combined to create entirely new materials, offer completely unique opportunities to design the electronic and optical properties of individual particles at the quantum level.
  Photoelectron Circular Dichroism as a Chiral Probe
  Dr D Townsend
Applications accepted all year round

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This experimental project will investigate photoelectron circular dichroism (PECD) in chiral molecules (i.e. molecules exhibiting distinct forms that are non-superimposable mirror images).
  Time-Resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy using Hollow-Core Photonic Crystal Fibres
  Dr D Townsend
Applications accepted all year round

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Recent advances in hollow-core photonic crystal fibre technology now permit widely tuneable generation of femtosecond light pulses in the ultraviolet spectral region.
  Finite element (FE) modelling of the additive manufacture (3D printing) of metals
  Prof A J Moore
Applications accepted all year round

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Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship starting in September 2019. It is suitable for well-qualified students who have (or expect to obtain) a first class degree in engineering, physics or other relevant subject.
  Industrial CASE PhD Studentship – Process fundamentals for the additive manufacture (3D printing) of metals
  Prof A J Moore
Applications accepted all year round

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Applications are invited for a fully-funded EPSRC industrial CASE PhD studentship starting in September 2019. It is suitable for well-qualified students who have (or expect to obtain) a first class degree in engineering, physics or other relevant subject.
  Energy transfer processes at gas/wall interfaces under extreme conditions
  Dr B Peterson
Application Deadline: 14 November 2019

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This funded PhD studentship involves the on-going development of a numerical code to model spectra and time-dependent signals obtained using a hybrid femto-second/pico-second (fs/ps) rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy (R-CARS) near gas/wall interfaces.
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