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PhD studentship in vortex beams and optical metasurfaces

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

A PhD studentship is available to EU students starting from October 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter to work on complex vortex beams and optical metasurfaces within the framework of the ERC Advanced grant of Professor Anatoly Zayats. The project involves design, nanofabrication and optical studies of metasurfaces to control complex optical beams for a wide range of linear and nonlinear photonic applications.

The project will be an experimental project involving fabrication and optical characterisation of metasurfaces, with aplications in light polarisation control.

We are looking for candidates with a strong background in optics and hands-on experience in optical laboratories. Knowledge of and experience in one or several of the following fields will be an advantage: optical vortex beams, ultrafast lasers, optical metasurfaces, optical forces, polarisation measurements, near-field optics, nanofabrication and numerical modelling.
The successful applicant will join a vibrant, multidisciplinary group of colleagues in the Photonics & Nanotechnology Group & Nano Optics Group at King’s College London working on various aspects of nanophotonics, metamaterials and nonlinear nano-optics.

Application Procedure

Candidates must submit a graduate application form and are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria. Details are available on

Please quote research group Photonics & Nanotechnology in all correspondence and in your graduate application.

Start date: September 2018
Indicate the area and name of supervisor(s).
The selection process will involve a pre-selection on documents, if selected this will be followed by an invitation to an interview. If successful at the interview, an offer will be provided in due time.

Funding Notes

University tuition fees are covered at the level set for UK/EU students, (c. £5,000 in total p.a.) and a tax-free stipend c. £16,500 p.a. with possible inflationary increases after the first year, both for 3.5 years.

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