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Demonstrating and using two-dimensional cryo-microspectroscopy on individual colloidal quantum dots, fluorophores, and biomolecules

Cardiff School of Physics and Astronomy

About the Project

The objective of the project is to demonstrate and use two-dimensional cryo-microspectroscopy on individual colloidal quantum dots, fluorophores, and biomolecules (including model light-harvesting systems). The successful candidate will be trained to work with a unique measurement technique available in the research team at Cardiff. It implements femtosecond two-dimensional four-wave-mixing featuring heterodyne spectral interferometry, allowing for cryogenic sample temperatures down to 4 K. The technique has been developed and applied for experiments on epitaxial quantum dots and photonic cavity structures, towards applications in quantum information processing. This project will explore the applicability of this advanced method to biologically relevant single quantum systems. This study is important as a framework for understanding and quantifying the importance of quantum coherence effects in biological function, as well as for applications in novel bioimaging and sensing strategies.

Start date: January 2021. 4 years Full Time.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study via the Cardiff University webpages ( including:

• an upload of your CV
• a personal statement/covering letter
• two references
• Current academic transcripts

Applicants should select Doctor of Philosophy, with a start date of January 2021

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select the ’self -funding’ option.

Candidates should hold a good bachelor’s degree (first or upper second-class honours degree) or a MSc degree in Physics or a related subject.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).

Funding Notes

Self-Funded PhD Students Only

This PhD position is opening for self-funded student only, which means the candidate with own funding to cover the living cost and tuition fees will be considered.

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