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Silicon photonics - 2D materials for Integrated photonics

   Optoelectronics Research Centre

  ,  Wednesday, August 31, 2022  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Our vision is to develop a new generation of photonic devices on-chip for applications that underpin our societal telecommunications, computing and sensing. To achieve this vision, we are looking for an exceptional candidate to join our team to develop these technologies and investigate their commercial potential by working closely with our industrial partners Graphenea and Grolltex.

Your PhD project will exploit the unique physical properties of atomically thin (2D) materials like graphene to push the performance boundaries of on-chip photonic systems. You will build upon demonstrated unconventional and novel techniques to develop a growth method enabling these materials to be integrated at a wafer scale. You will also take part in the integration of these materials into photonic devices, test their device performance and assess them against simulated results. You will also collaborate with leading research groups in photonics and 2D materials from Imperial College, University of Cambridge and UCL.

The research will be based in the Zepler Institute, the largest centre for photonics research in the UK, encompassing one of the largest University cleanrooms in Europe. You will be a member of the Integrated Photonics group and work within a team of highly enthusiastic researchers with a strong track record in developing on-chip silicon photonic devices and novel optoelectronic materials, many of which have reached maturity and are currently commercialised by our various industrial partners.

If you wish to discuss this further, please contact Dr Yasir Noori by emailing

The PhD programme

The Zepler Institute PhD comprises a solid education for a research career. The structured first year involves attending our training programme running in parallel with carrying out your research project. This provides a smooth transition from your degree course towards the more open-ended research that takes place in the following years under the guidance of your supervisors. We expect the vast majority of our students to present their work at international conferences and to write papers in leading academic journals as their research progresses. Students will emerge from the PhD with skills at the forefront of future photonics and semiconductor research and will benefit from many opportunities to interact with the wider community of PhD students across the Southampton Campus.

The Zepler Institute is the leading photonics research institute in the UK and possibly Europe. It comprises state-of-the-art cleanrooms for optical fibre, planar photonics, silicon and bio-photonics fabrication and over 80 laboratories. Computer simulations will benefit from Southampton’s high performance computing cluster Iridis, one of the largest supercomputers in the UK. A PhD at the Zepler Institute has enabled our past graduates to make successful careers in academia, in national scientific laboratories, and as scientists or business leaders in the industry. Our research papers, patents, spin-off companies and these successful alumni taken together place Southampton among the top institutes worldwide. 

Entry Requirements:

You are expected to have achieved, or close to achieving, a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree or their international equivalent in Engineering, Physics or Materials Science

Key facts

Entry requirements: First or upper second-class degree or equivalent

Closing date: Applications can be done at any time.

Duration: Typically 3.5 years (full-time)

Funding: https://www.orc.soton.ac.uk/fees-and-funding

Assessment: 9- and 18-month reports, viva voce and thesis examination

Start date: September 2022


How to apply:

Please send your CV and Cover Letter to Dr Yasir Noori by emailing

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