PhD Studentship in Ultra-Precision Machining of Photonics

University of Southampton Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics

PhD Studentship - Ultra-precision machining of photonics

Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Wednesday 31 August 2022
Reference:  1675522PN

Supervisory Team:    Dr James Gates and Prof. Corin Gawith

Project description

Our team specialises in the development and manufacturing of novel optoelectronic devices for applications in quantum technology, integrated optical sensors and laser optics. 

Ultra-precision machining of photonic components has revolutionised the production of optics, such as freeform lens and mirrors. Modern ultra-precision stages and diamond tools allow bulk optics to be formed with nanometer surface roughness and tolerances. This project will develop tools and ultra-precision processes that are designed specifically for photonics in a variety of materials including glasses, semiconductor, and nonlinear crystalline materials. Building on collaborations with industrial partners across the UK, this project targets applications in telecommunications, waveguide-based optics, and the development of atom and ion trap systems for quantum computing and sensing.

The PhD programme 

Our world-leading research centre is a hive of activity with over 200 staff and students working on cutting-edge research to provide innovative solutions for real life problems in manufacturing, communication technology, defence, health care, renewable energy and the environment. 

We are looking for the photonics pioneers of the future to join our vibrant research team and work alongside our world-class researchers to make history. Our physics and materials science PhD programme offers a solid start to any career in optics and photonics, whether you are planning to stay in academia or work in industry. 

Candidate Requirements: 

Applications would be welcome from candidates holding good degrees (1st class, 2:1 honours or MSc) in physics, materials science, mechanical or electronic engineering. Experimental skills are essential. In addition to the standard EPSRC PhD studentship, this position includes an annual allowance to enable attendance at international conferences. This post is open to UK and EU citizens only, due to standard EPSRC eligibility requirements

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact James Gates Optical Engineering & Quantum Photonics Group Research Group, Email: Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 7811

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: 31st August 2022 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: full tuition plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £18,00 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

How To Apply

To apply for this studentship please submit an application for a PhD in the Optoelectronics Research Centre to the University of Southampton including the fact that you wish to do a PhD within Prof. Peter Smith’s group. Please see the following address for more details: 

Applications should include: 

Research Proposal

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

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The School of Zepler Institute is committed to promoting equality, diversity inclusivity as demonstrated by our Athena SWAN award. We welcome all applicants regardless of their gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or age, and will give full consideration to applicants seeking flexible working patterns and those who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities, and offers a range of benefits to help ensure employees’ well-being and work-life balance. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and has been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.