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PhD Studentship: Next Generation Miniaturized Optical Sources

Fibre & Systems Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Saturday 31 August 2019
Reference:  1146419A3

Supervisory Team: Massimiliano Guasoni (supervisor), Cosimo Lacava (co-supervisor)

Project description

This PhD project aims to open new frontiers in nanophotonics by designing and fabricating a new class of miniaturized optical sources. These sources will allow light emission in a broad frequency spectrum well beyond what is possible with current lasers.  These sources will find application in several fields: from medicine, as primary components of non-invasive breath analysers for cancer diagnosis; to security, both for the detection of explosives and for the development of efficient anti-missile systems in civil aircrafts; up to environment, for the monitoring of air pollution and green energy generation.

Join us to pioneer the next generation miniaturized optical sources!

PhD Programme

You will work at the Optoelectronics Research Centre of the University of Southampton, in the Multimode Photonics Group led by Dr. Massimiliano Guasoni

You will acquire a broad range of advanced skills in nanofabrication as well as in theoretical, computational and experimental photonics.

You will have access to some among the best equipped laboratories and nanofabrication research facilities in the world (£ 120M worth), and to one of the most powerful supercomputers in UK. 

You will directly interact on a daily basis with world-leading scientists at the ORC that are revolutionizing the field of photonics, and you will have the opportunity to engage with several ORC industrial partners to increase the impact of your work. 

Furthermore, you will present your work both in leading academic journals and in oral presentations at the most renowned conferences all over the world, which will allow you to engage with and learn from the best researchers worldwide.

In the first year of your PhD, a structured training program will run along with the research project, which will allow a gradual transition from a taught degree to independent research.

For all these reasons, at the end of your PhD you will be ready to undertake a successful career as a top research scientist or business leader both in academia and in industry. Many former PhD graduates at the ORC have become academic or industry leading scientists. 

Requirements and key facts

  • We are looking for bright graduates with a background in physics, material science, computer science, engineering or chemistry. First or upper second-class degree (or equivalent) is required.

  • Applications are welcome all the year long. The starting date is typically October but a different date might be acceptable.
  • The duration for a full-time PhD is typically 3.5 years.
  • Assessment: reports at the 8 and 16-month stage and an oral examination to determine progression to PhD, which is awarded after thesis submission and viva voce examination
  • For further  information on this PhD project: please contact Dr. Massimiliano Guasoni (
    For further information about the ORC : 
    To apply for this  PhD project: 


An attractive package is offered with full tuition funding plus, for European Students, an enhanced salary of £ 18000 tax-free per anuum up to 3.5 years. 

Note that in the case of this project the enhanced salary is extended to all European students (not only UK ones).

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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