PhD Studentship: Materials Discovery for Photonic Metamaterials
Optoelectronics Research Centre
Location: Highfield Campus
Closing Date: Monday 01 May 2017
Project title: Materials Discovery for Photonic Metamaterials
Supervisor: Dr. Kevin MacDonald
Co-supervisor: Prof. Nikolay Zheludev
The University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) hosts the UK’s flagship research programme on photonic metamaterials - a new generation of nanotech-enabled materials with engineered, actively controllable optical properties (see: Science 348, 973 (2015); www.nanophotonics.org.uk).
The University is also home to a unique ‘materials discovery’ facility enabling synthesis of thin films composed of almost any combination of elements to achieve designer optical materials with unique characteristics: For example, extremely high- or low-refractive index media; materials with properties that can be switched by light, electric or magnetic signals; and ‘topological insulators’ with intriguing electromagnetic surface states.
This PhD project will investigate how these advanced materials can be used to create new functionalities for photonic applications and to enhance the performance of metamaterial devices.
Students with a background in physics or materials science, an interest in photonic technologies, and a desire to develop advanced skills in materials discovery and characterization, nanofabrication and experimental photonics, would be a good fit to this exciting project area. You will join a strong international group of students, postdoctoral and academic staff working together on many aspects of cutting-edge nanophotonics.
To discuss any details of the project informally, or to arrange a visit to meet us and see our facilities, please contact Kevin MacDonald [firstname.lastname@example.org] or Nikolay Zheludev [email@example.com].
The PhD programme
The ORC PhD provides a solid education for a research career (www.orc.soton.ac.uk/phdprogram.html). 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 project supervisors. We expect our students to present their work at major international conferences and to write papers in leading academic journals as their research progresses.
The ORC is a world-leading photonics research organisation of around 200 research staff and students, famous for the development of novel photonic technologies underpinned by cutting-edge research in materials. Its mission is to combine applications-led research with fundamental studies into the generation, transmission and control of light. A PhD here has enabled our past graduates to make successful careers in academia, in national scientific laboratories, and as scientists or business leaders in industry.
A fully funded PhD position is available for UK applicants. Overseas students who have secured some external funding are also encouraged to apply. EU students with no external funding may additionally contend for a small number of competitively allocated scholarships.
Entry requirements: First or upper second-class degree or equivalent.
Closing date:Applications for 2017 entry are open now; early application is strongly advised. For reasons of funding allocation, applications from international candidates should be made by 31st March 2017. UK applications are accepted throughout the year.
Duration: Typically 3.5 years (full-time).
Start date: Typically September/October (but other start dates are possible).
Funding: All fully-funded places include paid tuition fees and a tax-free bursary to cover your living expenses. Our UK-student enhanced stipend is £18,000 per annum for up to 3.5 years. The EU/International bursary is based levels set by the UK Research Councils - in 2016 this was £14,296 per annum for up to 3.5 years.
Assessment: periodic written reports and viva voce examinations determine progression; PhD award is subject to final thesis submission and viva voce examination.