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  2D material enhanced nonlinear integrated photonics (EPS2020/19)
  Dr M Ferrera
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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The project focuses on studying the nonlinear optical properties of numerous 2D materials and how to interface them with low-loss integrated photonics for the creation of novel ultra-fast all-optical devices.
  3D laser beam shaping
  Dr R Carter, Dr J D Shephard
Applications accepted all year round

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Combining 2D beam shaping elements (including refractive and diffractive elements) with bespoke focussing optics to shape a laser beam though the entire focal volume rather than in a single focal plane.
  4-Year Industrial CASE PhD Studentship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry: Decarboxylative C-H Functionalisation of Heterocycles
  Dr A Lee
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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This four-year Industrial CASE studentship on synthetic organic chemistry will be supervised by Dr Ai-Lan Lee in collaboration with AstraZeneca.
  4-Year Industrial CASE PhD Studentship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry: Metal-, Catalyst-, Light- and Electrolysis-Free Decarboxylative Radical Reactions – Towards a More Sustainable Future
  Dr A Lee
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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This four-year Industrial CASE studentship on synthetic organic chemistry will be supervised by Dr Ai-Lan Lee in collaboration with GSK.
  A Scalable and Coherent Semiconductor Spin-Photon Interface (EPS2020/28)
  Dr B D Gerardot
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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PhD Type

Scalability is an outstanding challenge in semiconductor quantum technologies. This project aims to address this by realizing small nodes of coherent spin-photon interfaces.
  Advanced RF device technologies for global wireless networks (EPS2020/38)
  Prof J Hong
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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The project aims to develop new concepts and novel designs of RF front-end components deploying emerging material and manufacturing technologies for global wireless networks.
  Approximate Bayesian methods for large scale imaging problems (EPS2020/41)
  Dr Y Altmann
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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This project consists of investigating new approximate Bayesian methods for fast and robust estimation in high dimensional problem.
  Astrophotonic technologies for exoplanet hunting
  Prof R Thomson
Applications accepted all year round

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Photonic technologies facilitate the manipulation of light in ways that are simply not possible using traditional optical technologies e.g.
  Bio-inspired quantum-enhanced light harvesting (EPS2020/22)
  Dr E Gauger
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Bio-inspired nanostructures are ideal candidates for quantum-engineered antennae. This project aims to identify ways of harnessing the interplay of quantum effects and dissipation to underpin next-generation technologies for light-harvesting.
  Biorefining of seafood processing waste (EPS2020/46)
  Dr S R Euston
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Waste from the processing of fish or shellfish contains a range of valuable co-products (including proteins, oil, carotenoids, carbohydrates and minerals).
  Classical Force Fields to Model Solid-State Molecular Organometallic Chemistry
  Prof S A Macgregor
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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This project is in computational chemistry and will involve the development of new molecular mechanics force fields to model solid-state molecular organometallic chemistry (SMOM-Chem).
  Compact high energy lasers for deep-tissue microscopy
  Dr R A McCracken
Applications accepted all year round

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Deep-tissue multiphoton microscopy has the potential to provide rapid advances in neurology and cancer research, but access to this technology is limited by the high cost of the laser source.
  Compact polarization imaging system (EPS2020/23)
  Dr X Chen
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Polarization of light contains valuable information that is usually absent in colour and intensity.
  Compressible Turbulence Models from Transformed Navier-Stokes Equation Perspectives (EPS2020/49)
  Dr S K Dadzie
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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High speed flow aerodynamics rely on the fundamental understanding of compressible gas dynamics. This project involves constructing new compressible turbulence flow theory using continuum flow equations beyond the classical Navier-Stokes conventional model.
  Computational imaging: Multi-Sensors Fusion for High Resolution 3D Lidar videos (EPS2020/40)
  Dr AH Halimi, Prof S McLaughlin
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Recent technological innovations, eg detection and acquisition hardware, have pushed sparse-photon imaging to the fore in a variety of applications including 3D Lidar imaging and microscopy.
  Computational Photochemical Dynamics of Light Driven Processes
  Dr M Paterson
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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You will use computational and theoretical chemistry approaches to study excited state dynamics. Important photochemistry such as occurring in photodynamic anti-cancer therapies, and photovoltaic devices will be studied.
  Crumbling reefs: Simulation based monitoring of coral reefs (EPS2020/31)
  Dr U Wolfram
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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The project aims to develop computational models to analyse the impact of ocean acidification on cold-water coral reefs. Results will be used in the development of monitoring strategies to preserve some of the most vulnerable ecosystems.
  Design and Fabrication of an In-line Hemolysis Sensor For the Quality Control of Clinical Blood Samples (EPS2020/09)
  Dr M Kersaudy-Kerhoas
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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In this project, the candidate will develop an in-line hemolysis sensor for non-contact measurement into microfluidic cartridges.
  Design of multifunctional Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)-based materials for carbon capture and photocatalytic conversion (EPS2020/51)
  Dr S Garcia
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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The project aims to design novel multifunctional materials that can capture carbon and convert it to a valuable chemical or fuel.
  Developing new concepts and novel optical devices (EPS2020/25)
  Dr X Chen
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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The candidate will explore the novel optical properties of various nanostructures based on metals (e.g., gold and silver) and dielectrics (e.g., amorphous silicon, titanium dioxide).
  Developing streamlined approaches to assessing the systemic and hepatic effects of nanomaterials (EPS2020/08)
  Prof V Stone
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Integrated approaches to testing and assessment (IATAs) are under development to assess the hazards of nanomaterials via ingestion, inhalation and dermal application.
  Development of catalytic membrane microreactors for biorefining (EPS2020/33)
  Dr A Sanna
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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In this project, we aim to produce high value chemical intermediates from biomass by catalytic transformations using catalytic composite membrane microreactors for process intensification.
  Digital Manufacturing of Wearable Sensors and Soft Robots
  Dr M Amjadi
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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The Integrated Soft Machines Lab in the Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering (IMPEE) at Heriot-Watt University is offering a 3-year fully funded PhD studentship to explore digitally manufactured wearable sensors and soft robots.
  Doctor of Engineering (Eng D): Process optimisation strategies for multiple COSI techniques
  Prof D Reid, Dr C Clemente, Prof S Marshall
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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MBDA is expanding its research into Computational Optical Sensing and Imaging (COSI). One area of interest is Structured Imaging using, for example, Ladar (Laser Detecting and Ranging) to map a scene in real-time.
  Doctor of Engineering (EngD) - Optical sensors for monitoring and control of ultra-short pulsed laser manufacturing processes (MTC)
  Prof D Reid, Prof D P Hand
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Project not available to non UK/EU applicants. The EngD is an alternative to a traditional PhD aimed at students wanting a career in industry.
  Doctor of Engineering (EngD) - Ultrafast laser inscription of components for quantum technologies
  Prof A Kar, Prof D Reid
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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The Ultrafast Laser Inscription technique exploits the high fields present at the focus of an ultrafast pulse train to modify transparent materials.
  Doctor of Engineering (EngD) Intelligent and directed laser-based spectroscopy(Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd)
  Prof D Reid, Prof S Marshall
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Laser-based spectroscopic techniques - encompassing LIBS, Raman and deep-infrared absorption spectroscopy – offer unprecedented performance for molecular and elemental diagnostics.
  Doctor of Engineering (EngD) Short pulse lasers for machining composite materials (Luxinar)
  Prof D Reid, Prof D Esser
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Project not available to non UK/EU applicants. The EngD is an alternative to a traditional PhD aimed at students wanting a career in industry.
  Doctor of Engineering (EngD): Computational Techniques for the Flat Imager
  Prof D Reid
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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MBDA has patented a novel infrared (IR) imaging device known within the company as the Flat Imager. The Flat Imager is similar in design to a TOMBO* imaging system, in so far as the device will capture multiple similar images of a scene.
  Doctor of Engineering (EngD): Active 2-dimensional optical meta-surfaces (STMicroelectronics (R&D) Ltd)
  Prof D Reid, Dr X Chen
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Project Description. The market for high contrast diffractive gratings is growing rapidly as active sensing of 3D scenes becomes a dominant feature in modern consumer electronics.
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