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Fully Funded PhD Studentship on Crystalline Grating waveguide devices in the GREAT Marie Curie ITN

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, May 01, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Supervisor: Dr. Jacob Mackenzie
Co-supervisor: Prof. R.W. Eason

Project description
Applications are invited for a 36-month PhD Studentship fully funded by a H2020 Marie-Curie Action starting October 2019. The successful candidate will be based in the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton (UoS) and registered as a UoS PhD student. In addition, they will also go on secondment (lasting up to a month) to different partners of the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) - Grating Reflectors Enabled laser Applications and Training (GREAT; GA # 813159). The GREAT projects encompass Photonics, Micro-Nano technologies, Advanced Materials as well as Nanotechnologies, which are among the Key Technologies defined within the H2020 framework.
This is an exciting opportunity for an early stage researcher (ESR) with a strong background in photonics and/or materials sciences to address new challenges in advanced laser technologies. A Master degree in Science (MSc), or similar (e.g. MPhys/MEng), is an essential requisite. The successful candidate will join the largest photonics institute in the UK, with access to the premier UoS Zepler Institute clean-room facilities, supported by a group that are world leaders in making dielectric-crystal devices for photonic applications. Moreover, the successful candidate will be part of a cohort of 15 ESRs embedded within leading international institutions and trained to work collaboratively to deliver ground-breaking research solutions and novel systems, whilst responding to real-world problems. As part of the GREAT ITN, all ESRs will benefit from a dedicated training program comprising an integrated curriculum of local and intensive network courses, schools, workshops and engagement with cutting-edge research and industrial partners. In the ORC, the student will work with Pulsed Laser Deposition to develop high optical-quality, fully-crystalline waveguides and sub-wavelength grating structures. This stimulating projects will explore novel methods to fabricate advanced engineered materials for creating previously unrealised optical components for Laser systems.

Please contact: Dr Jacob Mackenzie, , for further details of the specific projects at the ORC visit our PhD projects or UoS vacancy page. A more general overview of the ITN project can be found via the GREAT vacancy announcement page at the IFSW - University of Stuttgart, where the specifics of how to apply are stated.

Key facts

Entry requirements: Master degree in Physical sciences. There are strict eligibility requirements for these positions, such as: at the time of appointment, applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies) in the same country for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before their appointment;
AND shall also be in the first four years of their research careers at the time of appointment and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 1 May 2019.

Duration: three years (full-time)

Funding: full tuition fees and a salary of £38,958.87 to £43,758.87 per annum (subject to bi-annual exchange rate reviews)

Assessment: Nine month and 18 month reports, viva voce and thesis examination

Start date: September/October 2019

Applying: Please send your full applications, as per the instructions at to .

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