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Laser Material-Interactions on the Ultra-fast scale


School of Engineering & Physical Sciences

Edinburgh United Kingdom Mechanical Engineering Materials Science Theoretical Physics

About the Project

Requirements

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). Most of these scholarships are only open to UK/EU applicants and for

students who meet residency requirements set out by EPSRC

https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/guidance-on-epsrc-studentships/eligibility/  For some projects, applications may be accepted for exceptional overseas applicants.

Pulsed lasers are a crucial part of modern high value manufacturing. However, the exact process by which the laser interacts with the material to cut, mill, drill and weld, is to-often not well understood – particularly for very short pulsed lasers. In this project we will seek to use a unique combination of ultra-fast (GhZ) holographic imaging, measurements of beam absorption and thermal imaging to build up an understanding of exactly how the laser interacts with matter on these fs/ps timescales. In collaboration with our international partners these data will then inform new models for laser-material interactions. 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, https://www.hw.ac.uk/study/apply/uk/postgraduate.htm


Funding Notes

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

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