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  Quantum‑Enhanced Imaging (EPS2020/16)
  Prof G Buller
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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The Single‑Photon Group at Heriot‑Watt University offer a four year fully funded PhD position examining aspects of single‑photon and quantum‑enhanced imaging.
  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.
  Coherent and incoherent attosecond x-ray sources based on laser-plasma interactions
  Prof D Jaroszynski
Applications accepted all year round

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PhDs are offered in an exciting and challenging research area, with a vibrant group of experimentalists and theoreticians developing and applying ultra-compact accelerators and x-ray sources based on laser-plasma interactions.
  Next Generation Components for Quantum Communications (EPS2020/17)
  Prof G Buller
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Research on next generation quantum technologies including novel quantum information protocols, amplification of exotic quantum states and quantum random number generation.
  Semiconductor Single‑Photon Detection in the Short-Wave Infrared (EPS2020/18)
  Prof G Buller
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Development of new experimental approaches to semiconductor based single‑photon detection via hybrid geometry/material single photon detectors.
  PhD in Novel Nanophotonic Phenomena
  Dr F Rodríguez Fortuño
Applications accepted all year round

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Nanophotonics is a thriving field of science which studies the interaction between light and matter structured at the nanoscale, with myriads of applications in information technologies, imaging, security, sensing and healthcare.
  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).
  Fundamental Excitations of monolayer 2D Semiconductors
  Research Group: Quantum, Light & Matter
  Prof D Smith
Application Deadline: 31 March 2020

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Project description. We are offering a PhD position suitable for a candidate who has a real interest in understanding the properties of technologically important materials.
  PhD Studentship in Quantum optics and photonics: integrated components from quantum mechanics to quantum technologies
  Dr A Politi
Applications accepted all year round

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Applications are invited for a postgraduate student to join a new research project in the Quantum nanoPhotonics (QnP) group at the University of Southampton.
  Free-space quantum communication technology
  Dr R Donaldson
Application Deadline: 29 February 2020

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Quantum communications offers a realistic possibility to share encryption keys that are future proof against advances in hacking algorithms and secure against eavesdropping attacks.
  Free-space quantum communication technology (EPS2020/26)
  Dr R Donaldson
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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The use of free-space optical links rather than optical-fibre for quantum communications offers a range of new applications. During this PhD, the student will investigate the use of satellites, aerial platforms, and static links for quantum communications.
  Compact high energy lasers for deep-tissue microscopy
  Dr R A McCracken
Applications accepted all year round

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Deep-tissue multiphoton microscopy has the potential to provide rapid advances in neurology and cancer research, but access to this technology is limited by the high cost of the laser source.
  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.
  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.
  Ultrafast dynamics of isolated chromophores (BULLJU20SF)
  Dr J Bull
Application Deadline: 31 May 2020

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A motivated and enthusiastic student is sought for a PhD in Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics that will apply ultrafast lasers to understand excited dynamics in molecules of biological and technological importance.
  PhD position in the field of nonlinear and quantum optics with polaritons in semiconductor nanostructures
  Research Group: Inorganic Semiconductors
  Dr D Krizhanovskii
Applications accepted all year round

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Recent advances in semiconductor nano-technology lead to a new generation of robust controllable structures where manipulation of coupling between light and matter can be performed on a submicrometer scale.
  Sub-wavelength all-dielectric nano-photonics: 2D materials and beyond
  Research Group: Inorganic Semiconductors
  Prof A Tartakovskii
Applications accepted all year round

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So far nano-photonics has dealt with dielectric devices relying on confining light in diffraction-limited volumes. Beating the diffraction limit by confining light on sub-wavelength scales has been only possible with plasmonic structures made of nano-structured metal, which unavoidably suffer from large optical losses.
  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.
  Regioregular phthalocyanines for phototherapy
  Dr R Edkins
Applications accepted all year round

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This project based within Dr Robert Edkins’ Group will use synthetic chemistry and photophysical measurements to develop phthalocyanines for photothermal and photodynamic therapy with combined photoacoustic or fluorescence capabilities.
  Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher (ESR) - Understanding lipid membranes at the nanoscale through nonlinear optical microscopy at membrane-nanoparticle interfaces
  Prof P Borri
Application Deadline: 19 December 2019

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**Important note. Interviews will be held on 9-10th Jan 2020 and invited applicants will be required to give a 10 minute presentation detailing your research work relevant to the position**.
  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.
  Autonomous wireless optical energy harvesting systems for smart homes and indoor applications
  Dr S Mohamed, Dr S Sinanovic, Dr R Ramirez Iniguez
Applications accepted all year round

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SEBE-19-002. Smart homes and buildings are becoming more popular and widely deployed. One main attractive feature in them is their ability to save energy and reduce carbon footprint via energy harvesting and powering devices autonomously.
  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.
  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].
  PhD - Development of Planar Waveguide Based Gas Sensors for Challenging Environments (AWE)- University of St Andrews
  Prof D Reid, Dr A Di Falco
Application Deadline: 30 January 2020

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Project Description. This project looks to draw on the expertise within the CDT in Applied Photonics to support the development of novel optical sensing technologies to support AWE in its mission to support and maintain the UK’s nuclear deterrent.
  PhD - Optimisation of interferometry-based volume holography for industrial applications (Ceres Holographics)
  Prof D Reid, Prof G Turnbull
Application Deadline: 30 January 2020

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Project Description. Volume holograms based on photopolymers are one of the most promising platforms to develop commercial applications of holographic optical elements at industrial level.
  PhD Studentship in Integrated Nonlinear Photonics
  Dr M Saleh
Applications accepted all year round

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The new Microstructure Nonlinear Optics (MNO) research group at Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences in Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh are offering a fully-funded PhD position to thoroughly explore different nonlinear interactions in novel microstructured fibres and silicon waveguides for developing new classical and quantum applications.
  Shining Light on Historic Artwork using Mid-Infrared Imaging and Spectroscopy
  Prof D Reid, Dr Y Altmann
Application Deadline: 14 February 2020

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The pigments, binders and other materials that are used in historic works of art are of interest to conservators who need to recreate them in order to repair and maintain these artefacts.
  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.
  PhD Candidacy on Disorder and Interactions in Topological Lattices
  Prof K Dieckmann
Applications accepted all year round

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Project Description. Are you looking for an experimental PhD project in the area of ultracold quantum gases? At the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) and the National University of Singapore we have an opening for a PhD research project to study ultracold Fermi gases in optical lattices.
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