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  Stimulated Raman spectroscopy: instrumentation development to provide photonic analysis for environmental science

   Department of Physics

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  Prof Daniel Wolverson, Prof Ventsislav Valev  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The University of Bath is inviting applications for a 4-year fully-funded PhD studentship commencing in October 2022 under the supervisor of Prof Daniel Wolverson and Prof Ventsislav Valev in the Department of Physics.

Our research is situated at the intersection between the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CNAN) and the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials (CPPM). The latter is a world-leader in photonic technologies, such as optical fibres. We also benefit from state-of-the-art laser equipment. Subject to the signing of a contractual agreement, the project will be carried out in collaboration with Renishaw plc, a global engineering and scientific technology company.

The successful candidate will be joining a dynamic team and is expected to get involved in a range of scientific projects, pursuing state-of-the-art research questions. He/she will emerge as a highly qualified expert in advanced photonic techniques with a balanced scientific skills set.

This is an experimental project that will focus on the use of powerful lasers and highly sensitive spectrometers. The successful candidate will be developing a prototype microscope and will be using it to study advanced optical and nanoscale materials.

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a First Class or good Upper Second Class Honours degree, or the equivalent from an overseas university, in Physics or in another relevant discipline. A master’s level qualification would also be advantageous. Non-UK applicants must meet our English language entry requirement.

In addition, candidates should have a strong interest in optics/photonics and a preference for experimental work. The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about science and will enjoy learning new things. He/she will receive in depth training in advanced photonic techniques and microscopy, as well as in the practical choice of individual optical components for his/hers work. Overall, the candidate is expected to develop as an independent experimental scientist and will be encouraged to attend national/international scientific conferences and training schools.

Our research group is engaged in numerous outreach activities, such as visits to schools and participations in science festivals. An interest in communicating science to the public, robotics or digital art would be an advantage.

Project keywords: Raman, spectroscopy; microscopy; photonics; nanoscience.

Enquiries and Applications:

For informal enquiries and more information, please contact Prof Ventsislav Valev on email [Email Address Removed].

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Physics.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found on our website

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

We value a diverse research environment and aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated and respected. We welcome and encourage applications from under-represented groups.

If you have circumstances that you feel we should be aware of that have affected your educational attainment, then please feel free to tell us about it in your application form. The best way to do this is a short paragraph at the end of your personal statement.

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Funding Notes

Candidates applying for this project may be considered for a 4-year studentship covering tuition fees and providing a stipend (2021/22 rate £15,609, updated annually). In addition, subject to contract the intended industrial CASE partner, Renishaw plc, will provide additional financial and in-kind support. In line with guidance from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the number of awards available to International candidates will be limited to 30% of the total number of EPSRC industrial CASE awards available to the university in 2022/23.


R. Jones, D. C. Hooper, L. Zhang, D. Wolverson, V. K. Valev, Raman techniques: fundamentals and frontiers, Nanoscale Res. Lett. 14, 231 (2019).

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