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Optical fibre sensing for future cities


   College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

  Prof D Webb  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Precise definition of the project will follow discussion and will take into account the particular interests and career aspirations of the applicant. The project will promote collaboration between the two institutes ASTUTE and AIPT and could involve a range of optical sensing technologies, building on existing expertise at Aston, such as fibre Bragg grating sensors; interferometric sensors; the use of fs lasers for sensor fabrication; 2 photon polymerisation for sub-micron 3D printing of sensor devices; laser-based gas sensing. We are keen to explore the use of machine learning for the processing of data from optical sensing systems. Target applications also cover a wide range, from smart sensing of civil engineering structures to environmental monitoring.

Information on the Supervisor’s research is available here: https://research.aston.ac.uk/en/persons/david-webb

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have been awarded, or expect to achieve, a Masters degree in a relevant subject with a 60% or higher weighted average, and/or a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution) in Physics, Electronic Engineering or a related discipline. Knowledge and practical experience with optical systems would be an advantage.

Submitting an application

As part of the application, you will need to supply:

  • A copy of your current CV
  • Copies of your academic qualifications for your Bachelor degree, and Masters degree; this should include both certificates and transcripts, and must be translated in to English
  • A research proposal
  • Two academic references
  • Proof of your English Language proficiency

Details of how to submit your application, and the necessary supporting documents can be found here

Please include the supervisor name, project title, and project reference in your Personal Statement.


Funding Notes

There is no financial support available from Aston University for this position. Applicants should either be confident they can cover the costs from their own resources or be applying for an external scholarship. As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or secured, this additional funding.
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