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PhD Engineering: Development of next generation superconducting electronic and sensors

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    Dr A Casaburi
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The School of Engineering of the University of Glasgow is seeking a highly motivated graduate to undertake an exciting 3.5 year PhD project entitled ‘Development of next generation superconducting nano electronic and sensors’ within the Electronic & Nanoscale Engineering Division.

Superconducting material based nano devices are a key enabling technology to develop ultrafast electronic and high performance single molecule/single photon detectors for a host of cutting edge scientific applications.

Infrared photon counting detectors based on superconducting nanowires in arrayed configuration will make possible to develop next generation instrumentation to open entirely new horizons in a wide range of existing/emerging applications of photonics in advanced imaging, quantum communication and remote sensing.

High efficiency single molecule detection is of great importance in some biomedical/chemical diagnostic techniques like time-of-flight mass-spectrometry (TOF-MS). Among the most relevant applications in which this technique is involved there are DNA fragment sizing for genomic and the identification of protein and their constituents for proteomics. Moreover, the development of functional proteomics combines functional characterization, like regulation, localization and modification, with the identification of proteins for deeper insight into cellular functions.

Cryogenically compatible ultra-fast electronic readout for superconducting nanowires detectors in an advanced multipixel array is of vital importance for the deployment of the aforementioned technologies.

The goal of the PhD project will be the development of large-area arrays of superconducting single-photon/molecules detectors using an innovative superconducting electronic readout scheme for precision time stamping with spatial, spectral and photon/molecules number information. In such a way these devices will combine the pinnacle of highest detection sensitivity and high temporal resolution together with imaging and high collection efficiency. Details of the project can be discussed in agreement with the interested candidates to see what part suits him.

This project will focus on the device modelling and simulation, advanced nanofabrication (carried out using state-of-the-art electron beam lithography facilities in the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre at the University of Glasgow) and preliminary testing using low temperature RF electrical and optical characterization facilities. For the superconducting single molecules detectors, the test under molecule bombardments will be carried out through joint experiments with potential collaborators that are interested in this disruptive technology (AIST – RIIF, Japan).

Applications are sought from highly motivated students graduating with first degree (2:1 or higher) in electrical engineering, physics or materials science. Previous research experience is greatly valued.

Funding Notes

The studentship is supported by the School, and will cover home tuition fees and provide a stipend of £14,296 per annum for 3.5 years.

To be eligible for this funding, applicants must have ‘settled status’ in the United Kingdom and must have been ‘ordinarily resident’ for the past three years. EU nationals are generally eligible to receive a fees-only award.

It should be noted that other terms may also apply. For full details about eligibility please visit:

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