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PhD Studentship: Microscopy and spectroscopy using terahertz waves

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  • Full or part time
    Dr O Mitrofanov
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Microscopy and spectroscopy using terahertz waves

The UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is offering an up 4-year PhD studentship, which aims to apply and explore capabilities of terahertz spectroscopic analysis on the sub-wavelength scale at cryogenic temperatures to aid in understanding on physical processes in nano-scale solid-state systems, such as semiconductor quantum dots and topological insulators. We are looking for a highly motivated student to develop and explore new applications of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy in the domains of optoelectronic devices and semiconductor physics.

Additional information

This exciting project is closely aligned with a wider researcher programme on development of THz spectroscopy and microscopy techniques and applications, involving UCL, Cambridge University and University of Leeds and funded by the EPSRC HyperTerahertz programme grant (HyperTerahertz — High Precision Terahertz Spectroscopy and Microscopy, ).

We are looking for candidates with undergraduate degrees (1st or strong 2:1, or equivalent) in physics or electronic engineering, highly interested in hands-on experimental studies, with interests and background knowledge in semiconductor physics or photonics, and aptitude and enthusiasm for experimental research.


Applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility conditions to be eligible for the award. Applicants must have no restrictions on their right to live in the UK permanently and have been resident in the UK for three years immediately prior to the studentship commencing. EU Citizens who have not been residing in the UK for the past 3 years may be eligible.

Please see EPSRC’s website for further details:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, a degree (1st or 2:1) in Physics, Electronic Engineering, or similar.

How to apply

This studentship is available to start from September 2020. Applications should be made using the UCL postgraduate study application form and marked to the attention of Prof Oleg Mitrofanov, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. For further information, interested candidates may contact Prof Oleg Mitrofanov ([Email Address Removed] ) with a covering letter and a CV (including marks/grades achieved on current courses).

Closing date: 1 April 2020 (or until filled).

Funding Notes

The studentship will cover Home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend (tax free) of no less than
£17,432 *, increasingly annually with inflation. The studentship is funded for up to 4 years on a
full-time basis.
*These are the predicted 20/21 rates and will not be confirmed until June 2020.

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