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  Picophotonics: The Science of Light-Matter Interactions at Sub-atomic Scale


   Optoelectronics Research Centre

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  Prof Kevin MacDonald, Prof Nikolay Zheludev  Applications accepted all year round  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Project

This project will develop new concepts of optical imaging, metrology and device functionality at the atomic (picometre) scale, leveraging recent advances in topology, the structuring of optical fields, metamaterials, and artificial intelligence. 

Our Research Group

You will join a strong international team of students, postdoctoral and academic staff working together on aspects of cutting-edge nanophotonics research – seeking to understand, control and utilize light and light-matter interactions at the sub-wavelengths scale. A remarkable range of new phenomena is found in this regime, with wide-ranging potential applications in, for example, telecommunications, metrology, sensing, defence, super-resolution imaging, and data storage.

Our work is supported by major nanophotonics research grants from the EPSRC (£5.5M) and the European Research Council (€2.6M).

You will have opportunity to develop advanced skills in experimental photonics, computational electromagnetic modelling, application of machine learning and AI, electron and optical microscopy and nanofabrication.

It is expected that students will publish a number of papers in leading academic journals and present their work at major international conferences as their research progresses.

For further information see: http://www.nanophotonics.org.uk/niz/

The Optoelectronics Research Centre

The ORC is a world-leading photonics research organization. With over 90 state-of-the-art laboratories and 200 researchers working in all areas of photonics, it provides an outstanding interdisciplinary environment for students to grow.

Our extensive training and mentoring programme provides knowledge and skills through photonics lectures, skills training for report writing, project management, time management, presentation skills and full safety training for your research area. These are all essential life skills for the next step in your career.

For further information see: http://www.orc.soton.ac.uk/phd

Entry Requirements: A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent) in physics or a related discipline.

How to apply: Applications should be made online – see https://www.orc.soton.ac.uk/how-to-apply.

Closing date: Applications are accepted throughout the year. Start date will typically be September/October 2023, but other dates are possible.


Engineering (12) Physics (29)

Funding Notes

Full tuition plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £18,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.
Overseas students who have secured or are seeking external funding are also welcome to apply.
For further information see https://www.orc.soton.ac.uk/fees-and-funding

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