The candidate will explore the novel optical properties of various nanostructures based on metals (e.g., gold and silver) and dielectrics (e.g., amorphous silicon, titanium dioxide). Based on their optical properties, the nanostructures will be used for producing novel photonic devices such as ultrathin optical devices with unusual functionalities.
The candidate should be qualified to at least first degree level (above 70%) with a first class honors degree (high 2:1) in one of the following disciplines: physics, physical engineering, electrical engineering or equivalent. A background in optics or nano-photonics will be a plus. Previous experience in lithography, clean room hand experience, FIB and electron microscopy characterisation experience is advantageous, although full training will be provided.
All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class MChem, MPhys, MSci, MEng or equivalent degree by Autumn 2019. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype). DTP’s are only open to UK/EU applicants. DTP Studentships are only available for students who meet residency requirements set out by EPSRC
All applications must be received by 8th February 2019. All successful candidates must commence studies by 1st December 2019 at the very latest.
How to Apply
Apply Online: https://hwacuk.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Admissions/Pages/Login.aspx
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 Bio-Engineering & Bio-Science PhD, Chemistry PhD, Physics PhD, Chemical Engineering PhD, Mechanical Engineering PhD or Electrical PhD as appropriate and select October 2019 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 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.