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  CDT-QTE: Exploring Light-Matter Interaction for Quantum Materials Engineering


   Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

   Saturday, August 31, 2024  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Supervisory Team: Prof Simone De Liberato, Dr Erika Cortese 

Project description:

This project is part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantum Technology Engineering at the University of Southampton. This is a unique chance for postgraduate students to dive into ambitious research while acquiring comprehensive scientific and technical skills. 

Our pioneering research has shown how interactions between matter and the quantum vacuum in nanophotonic devices can significantly alter the electronic and optical properties of materials. Our goal is now to turn our discoveries into useful tools to design and fabricate engineered quantum materials enabling applications in sensing, quantum computing, and quantum optoelectronics. 

In your PhD studies, you will engage in the theoretical investigation of light-matter coupling phenomena, with the aim to test and optimize accurate protocols for designing photonic and electronic states that can be dynamically modified in a controllable manner. 

You will gain expertise in cavity-based quantum systems, ranging from atomic and molecular gases to solid-state semiconductor heterostructures and 2D metamaterial devices. Along the way, you will master a variety of scientific tools, including analytical techniques and numerical modeling methods, as well as gain experience with software like COMSOL and other multiphysics simulation tools. 

The project involves collaboration with various experimental groups overseas, primarily in Europe, offering you the chance to travel, network, and work alongside leading experts in the fabrication and measurement of quantum nanostructures to test your theoretical predictions. You will also have opportunities to present your results at both national and international conferences and workshops. 

Join us on this exciting journey at the forefront of quantum technologies. If you are interested, please contact the supervisor for more information: Simone De Liberato .  

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent). 

Closing date: 31 August 2024. Applications will be considered in the order that they are received, the position will be considered filled when a suitable candidate has been identified. 

Funding: We offer a range of funding opportunities for both UK and international students, including Bursaries and Scholarships. For more information please visit PhD Scholarships | Doctoral College | University of Southampton Funding will be awarded on a rolling basis, so apply early for the best opportunity to be considered. 

How To Apply

Apply online: HERE Select programme type (Research), 2024/25, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, next page select “PhD Quantum Tech Eng (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Prof Simone De Liberato 

Applications should include:

Research Proposal

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts/Certificates to date 

For further information please contact:  


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