PhD in High Resolution Photonic Integrated Solutions for Atmospheric Sensing
Fully funded PhD studentship to work on high resolution photonic integrated solutions for atmospheric sensing.
Duration of study: Full time - four years.
Start date: As soon as possible
Closing date for applications: Until filled
Primary Supervisor: Dr Lalitha Ponnampalam ([Email Address Removed])
Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship to work within the Photonics Group on novel photonic integrated solutions for atmospheric sensing applications.
Funding: The studentship covers Home tuition fees and an annual stipend of £19,688 (2022-2023), increasing annually with inflation. Additional support will cover consumables, books, professional memberships and travel to workshops and conferences.
Background: Increasing emission levels of air pollution and greenhouse gases in large urban areas have become a great global concern due to their detrimental impact on people’s health and climate change. Strategies are in place to cut the emission levels, however, to evaluate the effectiveness of these mitigation measures, deployment of high density and high precision sensor networks are essential for accurate capturing of the spatial variability and emission hotspots in real-time. Photonic integration allows hundreds of photonic components to be fabricated on a single chip, and as such, this step-change in technology will deliver a low-cost, on-chip, versatile instrumentation, stabilised to metrological precision that can be deployed in high density sensor networks to accurately monitor a wide range of pollutions in real-time. The proposed instrumentation can also be deployed in balloon and satellite missions for in-situ probing of the constituents of the upper atmosphere, aiding the study of complex atmospheric processes to understand their influences on climate change.
We are looking for academically outstanding PhD students with an interest in developing novel photonic integrated high precision air pollution monitors for the next generation air quality sensor networks. The project will involve learning and designing photonic and electronic integrated circuits which will be fabricated externally, while the characterization and system demonstration will be done at UCL in collaboration with a wide range of academic and industrial project partners. The student is expected to publish their research in leading journals and conferences.
Qualifications required: The successful applicants will be part of the Photonics Group, Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering. Applicants should have a degree in Physics or electronic and electrical engineering with a minimum of a 2:1 with a clear aptitude and enthusiasm for research. Successful candidates will have some experience on experimental work in either photonics, physics or electronics; theoretical modelling; and scientific computer programming (e.g. MATLAB, Python, C++).
Industry Engagement: This PhD project will be linked to an EPSRC Fellowship ‘PLANET’ which has extensive support from leading industrial project partners. In particular, the collaboration with III-V Labs in France, European Space Agency, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and Air Labs will have a significant added value to the project.
Additional information: The student will typically work closely with a diverse team of PhD students and researchers within the group. The Photonics Group has a long history in graduating high quality, very successful PhD graduates. A large number have won a series of prizes and awards for their research and are now working in leading academic and industrial research laboratories around the world.
How to apply: To make informal inquiries, please send a CV including a list of publications and a cover letter to Dr Lalitha Ponnampalam ([Email Address Removed]) who will be happy to answer any queries about the project.
Applications must be made using the UCL online application system. Please clearly mark your application as ‘Photonics Group : Dr L Ponnampalam’.
For information on the PhD programme within the department, please contact the Departmental Graduate Administrator.
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