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Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage

This well-established EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage delivers a 4-year doctoral training programme under the partnership between Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Glasgow and additional collaboration partner the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC).

Motivated applicants will research novel scientific and engineering developments in photonic and integration technologies with far-reaching applications related to the storage of digital information, telecommunications, healthcare and beyond.

Availability for September 2020

  • Start date for Cohort 2020 is September 2020.
  • Apply now via the CDT PIADS website before the initial closing deadline of 31st March 2020.
  • *Please note, applications are also welcomed from students on a programme that does not finish until September 2020, e.g. MSc courses.
  • Entry routes: Industrial EngD/Industrial PhD/“Open” Entry – select a project after the training phase.
  • EngD studentships carry an additional £5k p.a. on top of the standard tax-free stipend

CDT General Research Scope

  • Ultra-reliable semiconductor lasers operating in hostile environments
  • Low cost planar lightwave circuit platforms for coupling lasers into passive waveguides and suitable for volume manufacture
  • Novel nanoplasmonic devices and antennas capable of operating in extreme environments
  • Advanced materials for magnetic recording optimised for high temperature fluctuations through composition, layering and patterning on µm and nm scales
  • Characterisation and failure analysis using scanning probe and electron microscopy and x-ray material analysis

Unique CDT Highlights

  • Join a 2014-established CDT with a track record of success
  • Dual registration at both Queen's University Belfast and the University of Glasgow, graduating with a unique joint degree
  • All students receive Apple™ laptop and peripherals for the duration of study
  • Gain an internationally recognised Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management & Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) valued at over £1000
  • Exclusive access to Seagate Technology’s Global Leadership programme


  • Applicants should have, or hope to have, a 2:1/equivalent in a cognate physical sciences or engineering discipline, such as physics, materials science, electrical engineering, chemistry or chemical engineering.
  • Studentships are available to UK nationals & EU citizens resident in the UK for the previous 3 years as ‘Home’ students.
  • One studentship per year is available to an EU student not meeting ‘Home’ status.
  • One studentship per year is available for International applicants. As fully-funded positions for international applicants are rare, we would expect the candidate to have obtained a 1st class degree (or equivalent), to have English language proficiency (with IELTS certification if relevant -) and have ATAS clearance. More detail can be found on the CDT website. Please note for Cohort 2019 this International funding opportunity has been filled.


E: [email protected]
T: 028 90973523
(CDT Administrator, Vicky Weir)
Twitter: @CDT_PIADS
Facebook: @CDTPIADS

Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage

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