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3D Beam Shaping for Laser Based-Manufacturing

School of Engineering & Physical Sciences

Edinburgh United Kingdom Biomedical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Materials Science Theoretical Physics

About the Project


All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class MChem, MPhys, MSci, MEng or equivalent degree. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or via Microsoft Teams). These scholarships are only open to UK applicants or for students who meet residency requirements set out by EPSRC  For some projects, applications may be accepted for exceptional overseas applicants.

Lasers are an integral part of modern high value manufacturing systems. One of the key advantages of lasers over more conventional tools is their flexibility; both in terms of scale (from ships to microchips) and in the ability to changing the “processing head” i.e. laser beam on demand. 

Significant progress has been made increase the flexibility of these lasers by shaping the laser beam i.e. to change the energy profile used for manufacturing. However, these beam-shaping processes only work in 2D – i.e. at the focus. In this project we will explore the possibilities for shaping beams in 3D – i.e. in a focal volume – which represents a huge advantage for applications in drilling, glass processing and surgery. This PhD position will be associated with a £600k 3 year funded research project (EP/V006312/1). 

How to Apply

1. Important Information before you Apply

When applying through the Heriot-Watt on-line system please ensure you provide the following information:

(a) in ‘Study Option’

You will need to select ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘Postgraduate Research’. ‘Programme’ presents you with a drop-down menu. Choose Chemistry PhD, Physics PhD, Chemical Engineering PhD, Mechanical Engineering PhD, Bio-science & Bio-Engineering PhD or Electrical PhD as appropriate and select September 2020 for study option (this can be updated at a later date if required)

(b) in ‘Research Project Information’

You will be provided with a free text box for details of your research project. Enter Title and Reference number of the project for which you are applying and also enter the potential supervisor’s name.

This information will greatly assist us in tracking your application.

Please note that once you have submitted your application, it will not be considered until you have uploaded your CV and transcripts.

2. Applications

Applications must be made through the Heriot-Watt on-line

application system,

Funding Notes

Funding is available for UK or EU students who have settled or pre-settled status in the UK.

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