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PhD studentship in vortex beams and optical metasurfaces

   Department of Physics

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  Prof A Zayats  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

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
To be considered for the position candidates must apply via King’s Apply online application system. Details are available at

Please indicate your desired supervisor and quote research group Photonics & Nanotechnology in your application and all correspondence.

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. £17,000 p.a. with possible inflationary increases after the first year, both for 3.5 years.

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