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Optical Physics (complex systems) PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  20 Funded PhD Positions in the IMPRS-CellDevoSys - Integrating Biology, Physics, Chemistry & Computer Science

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A 4-year PhD Program involving 3 renowned international institutes. the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, the Center for Systems Biology Dresden, and the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems.
  20 Funded PhD Positions in the IMPRS-CellDevoSys - Integrating Biology, Physics, Chemistry & Computer Science

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A 4-year PhD Program involving 3 renowned international institutes. the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, the Center for Systems Biology Dresden, and the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems.
  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.
  Quantum correlations in nanoplasmonics
  Dr A Demetriadou
Application Deadline: 15 January 2020

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When light illuminates nano-sized metallic structures, the free electrons in the metal collectively oscillate, creating `plasmons’.
  Quantum Plasmonics
  Dr A Demetriadou
Application Deadline: 15 January 2020

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When light illuminates nano-sized metallic structures, the free electrons in the metal collectively oscillate, creating `plasmons’.
  Theory for the Quantum Entangled states of cold atoms controlled with extreme light
  Dr A Demetriadou
Application Deadline: 15 January 2020

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When light illuminates a dielectric object, it is transmitted and reflected. By controlling the topology of such objects (for example their geometry and periodic arrangement), one can direct and concentrate light at extremely small and sub-wavelength volumes, tremendously increasing the light intensity at the same time.
  EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Delivering Quantum Technologies

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4-year PhD programme in quantum technology and quantum systems engineering. • Quantum technologies involve control and manipulation of quantum states to achieve results not possible with classical matter, transforming measurement, communication and computation.
  Ground to space laser communications through atmospheric turbulence
  Dr J Osborn, Prof G D Love
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Applications are invited for a 3.5 year fully funded EPSRC PhD research studentship to develop concepts and technologies to advance the capabilities of free-space optical communication links.
  Open hardware and software for modular, automated microscopy
  Dr R Bowman
Application Deadline: 9 February 2020

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The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project supervised by Dr Richard Bowman https://researchportal.bath.ac.uk/en/persons/richard-bowman/ in the Department of Physics.
  Self-organized atomic phases via diffractive light coupling
  Dr G Robb, Prof T Ackemann, Prof G-L Oppo
Applications accepted all year round

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Recent years have seen huge progress in using well controlled cold atom systems to simulate complex quantum phases. Many schemes involve light-mediated coupling in cavities or free space.
  Quantum Field Theory Applied to Nanotechnology
  Prof C Eberlein
Application Deadline: 22 February 2020

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Lead Supervisor. Prof Claudia Eberlein. Properties of quantum systems, like the energy levels of an atom, depend on the interaction with the quantized electromagnetic field.
  Computational Biomedical Imaging: building a better light-sheet microscope
  Dr J Taylor, Prof A Harvey
Applications accepted all year round

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A PhD studentship is available in the Imaging Concepts Group at Glasgow University, researching computational imaging for light sheet fluorescence microscopy (LSFM).
  PhD Studentships and Taught Masters in Physics and Astronomy

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The University of Glasgow is a world leading institution and was the first UK university to be rated as 5 Stars Plus overall (QS World University Rankings 2015).
  Quantum biology on a chip: investigating the optical properties of single biomolecules within nanofabricated photonic devices
  Research Group: Quantum, Light & Matter
  Dr L Sapienza
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

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Supervisor. Luca Sapienza. Project description. The progress in fundamental science and technology has allowed researchers to explore intriguing, but often elusive, quantum effects in atoms, ions and semiconductor nanostructures.
  Improving the sensitivity of gravitational-wave detectors
  Research Group: Gravitational Physics
  Dr K Dooley, Prof H Grote
Application Deadline: 10 January 2020

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Since the start of their first observing runs in fall 2015, Advanced LIGO and Virgo have made direct detections of gravitational waves created by the collisions of black holes and of neutron stars, thus bringing to life a new instrument for astronomy.
  Internal Reflection Infrared Spectroscopy of Multiphase Mixtures
  Prof C Bain
Application Deadline: 31 December 2019

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This project addresses the quantitative analysis of attenuated internal reflection infrared spectra (ATR-IR) of multiphase mixtures, such as emulsions and suspensions.
  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.
  Optimising protocols for quantum-enhanced spin-based magnetometry (EPS2020/21)
  Dr E Gauger
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Spin-based sensors are a promising platform for nanoscale magnetic resonance imaging. This project is concerned with unlocking their full potential through the exploration and development of quantum control approaches based on Hamiltonian- and machine learning approaches.
  Novel Micro-optical structures on optical fiber tip with two-photon lithography
  Prof C Liberale
Applications accepted all year round

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Optical fibers are nowadays an ubiquitous core element of telecommunication systems, new laser technologies and biomedical devices.
  Probing metamaterials dynamics by high repetition rate attosecond pulse from multi-colour synthesised strong laser field.
  Dr A Zair
Applications accepted all year round

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Attosecond pulses production and characterisation were a tremendous breakthrough is ultra-fast science that enabled the observation in real time of electronic motion in molecular system in gas phase.
  Integrable turbulence and statistical mechanics of nonlinear dispersive waves (Advert Reference: RDF20/EE/MPEE/EL)
  Prof G El
Application Deadline: 24 January 2020

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Turbulence is one of the most recognizable, and at the same time, one of the most intriguing forms of nonlinear motion that is commonly observed in everyday phenomena such as wind blasts or fast flowing rivers.
  Directly-written integrated photonic circuits for quantum dot-based quantum simulations
  Prof R Oulton
Application Deadline: 3 February 2020

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Cotutelle PhD, jointly located in two world-class photonics and quantum optics laboratories.
  Precision Medicine DTP - A step change in sensitivity of Raman spectroscopy for accurate and rapid analysis of living cells
  Dr A Downes, Dr H Yin
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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Background. Most methods of cell characterization require a destructive or invasive test, without any real-time readout.
  Advanced microscopy for blood flow field mapping in the heart
  Dr J Taylor, Prof A Harvey
Applications accepted all year round

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A PhD studentship is available in the Imaging Concepts Group at Glasgow University, developing and applying advanced optical microscopy and computational imaging techniques to measure and study the blood flow and heart function in the developing zebrafish heart.
  Hollow Core Fibres in emerging applications
  Dr R Slavik, Prof D Richardson
Applications accepted all year round

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We are looking for candidates with an interest in fibre opitcs and a degree or masters’ degree in physics or electronics to join us in researching novel optical fibres (hollow core fibres) manufactured in our Cleanroom complex for use in emerging applications (such as 5G networks, latency-sensitive communications, etc.) in collaboration with our recently-formed spin-off company, Lumenisity.
  Quantum-enhanced multiphoton fluorescence microscopy
  Dr L Caspani, Dr J Hastie
Application Deadline: 18 December 2019

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Start date. October 2019. Duration. 3.5 yrs. Background. Quantum Technologies are driving significant advancements in many fields ranging from communications and imaging to metrology and computing.
  Biophysics of light-induced motility in microalgae
  Dr M Polin
Applications accepted all year round

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At a glance. The project focusses on the mechanisms by which motile microalgae (prominent e.g. within phytoplankton) sense, elaborate and respond to light.
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