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PhD Studentship in Quantum Photonics

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, February 07, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Number of awards

Start date and duration
September 2020 for 42 months

We invite applications from outstanding and highly motivated students for a PhD Studentship in Quantum Photonics in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics at Newcastle University. The successful applicant will join the Quantum Photonic Materials & Devices Group (led by Dr. Jonathan Mar), which performs experimental research at the intersection of solid-state quantum optics and nanophotonics for applications in quantum computing and quantum communication and cryptography.

This studentship will investigate single-photon emitters and carrier spins in 2D materials, III-V epitaxial quantum dots, and diamond, and explore their optical coupling to nanophotonic devices. Laboratory work will include high-resolution optical spectroscopy, nanoscale device fabrication, state-of-the-art electron microscopy, and theoretical device modelling; therefore, previous experience using these techniques will be an asset.

The successful applicant will be joining a world-class school and university, have access to state-of-the-art research facilities including those at nanoLAB, NEXUS, and INEX Microtechnology, and have the opportunity to engage with world-leading academics, including those at the Joint Quantum Centre.

In the latest REF2014, our School is ranked in the Top 10 for both research output and research impact and 11th overall. A founding member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities in the UK, Newcastle University is consistently ranked as one of the Top 150 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020). The University is centrally located in the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which is ranked No.1 for affordability (QS Best Student Cities 2019), No.4 for social life (THE Student Experience Survey 2018), and in the Top 3 for both safety and friendliness (Unbroken Britain Survey 2018) in the UK.

UKRI and School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics(

Name of supervisor(s)
Dr. Jonathan D. Mar

Eligibility Criteria
You must have or expect a First Class or high 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent in physics, engineering, materials science, or closely related disciplines. Enthusiasm for research, ability to think and work independently, excellent analytical skills and strong verbal and written communication skills are essential requirements.

This award is available to UK/EU and international candidates. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

How to apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application form (

You will need to:

click on programme of study
insert 8839F in the programme code section and click search
select Programme name ’PhD Physics (FT) (Experimental)’
insert MSP027 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code MSP027 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.
if you already have an active application which you wish to be associated with this studentship, please access the Application Portal and send an enquiry to the PG Admissions team, stating your request to be associated with this studentship

Dr. Jonathan D. Mar ()

Funding Notes

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £15,009 International fees will be considered where possible

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