Opportunities leading to a PhD degree are available within the various research groups. Currently the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences has over 80 postgraduate PhD students. To enter our PhD programme you require an upper-second or first class MPhys/MSci/MEng degree, or a good performance at Masters level, in Physics, Engineering or a suitable related subject. Only under exceptional circumstances will BSc-only graduates be considered for the PhD programme. The typical period of study for a PhD is 3½-years full-time or 4 - 6-years part-time. Part-time students can remain based in another organisation, provided that appropriate research and supervision arrangements can be made. Postgraduate work experience will also be taken into account when assessing applications.

We have a number of studentships available each year funded by EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) for home students. Postgraduate students are encouraged to contribute to the teaching activities of the School, both for the experience and as a method of earning some additional income.

Overseas applicants should check the University’s entry standards for English language skills.

Up to three University Scholarships may be available for outstanding overseas students each year. Entry qualifications for non-UK students are determined on an individual basis.

 

Current PhD and EngD opportunities

New projects are currently being added...

PhD and EngD Vacancies
Project Title Supervisor

Controlling spins in diamond and silicon carbide devices

Dr Cristain Bonato
Ultra-short pulse laser forming of opto-mechanical components Professor Robert R Thomson

A novel approach to manufacturing lasers using ultrafast laser welding

Professor Daniel Esser
On-chip near-zero-index photonics Dr Marcello Ferrera

Theoretical PhD project on nonlinear optics in microstructures

Dr Mohammed Saleh

Novel high-brightness diode lasers

Professor Daniel Esser
Ultrafast nonlinear optics in gas-filled fibres Dr John Travers

Single-Photon and Quantum Enhanced Imaging

Professor Gearld S Buller

Theoretical PhD project on nonlinear optics in microstructures

Dr Mohammed Saleh

Experimental PhD project in quantum digital signatures and quantum amplifiers

Professor Gerald S Buller

Theoretical PhD project on quantum communication and quantum information

Professor Erika Andersson

Silicon Carbide Quantum Sensing Devices

Dr Cristian Bonato

Integrated Lithium Niobate Quantum Devices

Professor Brian G Gerardot &

Dr Cristian Bonato

Novel high brightness direct diode laser sources and their use in powder bed additive layer manufacturing

Professor Daniel Esser

High quality, high speed engraving using high average power nanosecond pulsed fibre lasers

Professor Duncan P Hand

Laser post-processing of metal additively manufactured (3D printed) parts

Professor Duncan P Hand

Low-cost nanofabrication for unusual optical devices

Dr Xianzhong Chen

Advanced endoscopic imaging modalities

Professor Robert R Thomson

Optical metasurfaces rewrite the rule of optical design

Dr Xianzhong Chen

Quantum information science

Professor Erika Andersson

Quantum technologies with an ideal source of indistinguishable single photons

Professor Brian D Gerardot

Gravitational and quantum field theory analogues in nonlinear optics

Dr Fabio Biancalana

Filming light at a trillion frames per second

Professor Daniele Faccio

2D materials and meta-materials in the quantum regime

Professor Daniele Faccio

Fluids, superfluids and artificial black holes made of light

Professor Daniele Faccio

Probing the Quantum Nature of the Avian Compass

Dr Erik Gauger

Harvesting Light beyond Classical Limits

Dr Erik Gauger

Towards Quantum Information Technologies with condensed matter systems

Dr Erik Gauger

Harnessing Quantum Mechanics to Create Improved Solar Cells

Dr Erik Gauger

Quantum Simulations with Superconducting Circuits

Dr Michael Hartmann

Quantum Superpositions of Mechanical Oscillators

Dr Michael Hartmann

Ultrashort pulsed laser welding of optical materials to metals and ceramics

Professor Duncan P Hand

Laser post-processing of metal additively manufactured parts

Professor Duncan P Hand

Ultra-compact solid-state laser systems

Professor Daniel Esser

Additive manufacturing (3D printing) of metals (Renishaw industrial CASE studentship)

Professor Andrew Moore

Measuring stress-induced birefringence at THz frequencies

Professor Andrew Moore

LAkHsMI: Large Scale Hydrodynamic Imagining in the Ocean From An Artificial Lateral Line

Dr Robert R J Maier

Novel MCF functional components for optical communication and sensing applications

Dr Xu Wang

Novel real time imaging system

Dr Xu Wang

Optical code based high speed secure optical Communication system

Dr Xu Wang

New physics of 2D materials with Dirac-like dispersion

Professor Ian Galbraith

Photon Fluids and Photon Condensation

Professor Daniele Faccio

Doped Silicon as a Quantum Physics Test-bed

Professor Ian Galbraith

Plastic semiconductor physics

Professor Ian Galbraith

An artificial atom in a two-dimensional semiconductor

Professor Brian D Gerardot

Novel Condensed Matter Systems with Cold Atoms

Professor Patrik Öhberg

General Opportunities

Most of the projects in the list above are identified as potentially having EPSRC DTA studentship support, which is restricted to UK resident students only. Typically we award around 10 such studentships annually. Although the usual start date is in October, we can take students at other times of year. The projects could equally run with students supported by other means, which in many cases have no nationality restrictions. However, the number of studentships in this case is very limited and the competition is high. The studentships available include:

  • Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) Prize Studentships [latest applications 31st January 2016]:  These are prestigious and competitive awards that are intended to attract outstanding students from around the world. Please visit the SUPA website for further information. SUPA opens a single door into all Physics PhDs in Scotland. When you apply for a SUPA PhD Studentship, you will also be considered for all other funded places available in Physics departments in Scotland. To apply please visit http://apply.supa.ac.uk/
  • Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in Condensed Matter [latest application 31st March]: Fully funded PhD studentships are available in Condensed Matter research. For further information please visit the Condensed Matter DTC website.
  • Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics: Successful candidates will have their fees paid and receive an annual stipend of £20,363 (for 2015 starts). For company employees who study the EngD, the funding arrangement is different, as the company continues to pay the salary of the employee and the company contributes financially to the input given by the Centre and Academic Supervisor. For more information please see http://www.cdtphotonics.hw.ac.uk/​
  • James Watt Scholarships [application deadline 31st January 2017]: These are University awards providing full university postgraduate fees and a contribution to maintenance costs of £15,000 per annum for a maximum of three years. For further information please see: list of James Watt scholarship projects.
  • Partial Scholarships The scholarships provide full fees and a contribution towards maintenance for up to three years. Please also visit our scholarships pages.
  • Fees Only Scholarships: These scholarships provide full fees for up to three years. Further information can also be found on our scholarship pages..

Note that each studentship award scheme may have different closing dates and you should check carefully the websites before you submit an application. In addition, there may be EPSRC project studentships available in the Department, which can support UK, EU or possibly Overseas students. Some of the projects may be advertised in http://www.findaphd.com/.

Please contact the Dr. Fabio Biancalana for further information about PhD studies and application forms.

Contact:
Dr Fabio Biancalana, Director of Postgraduate Studies,
tel +44 (0) 131 451 3773, e-mail F.Biancalana@hw.ac.uk