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PhD Studentship - High finesse rod resonator circuits for quantum sensing

Photonic Systems Circuits & Sensors Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Monday 31 August 2020
Reference:  1190619PN

Supervisor:                 Prof Peter Smith

Co-supervisor             Dr James Gates

Project description

The objective of this project is to develop a platform for real-world deployable high-finesse optical resonators. 

In the past several years high finesse cavities have led to a number of impressive demonstrations such as optical comb generation, entangled single photon generation for a variety of the sensor systems. 

Following on from innovations realised during a previous Dstl studentship, this project will develop a fabrication methodology and explore a new range of integrated resonator circuits. A key aim of the project is to improve the robustness of high-finesse cavities via commercially scalable fabrication process. 

The project will be laboratory focused which will involve cleanroom fabrication, development of bespoke laser based fabrication methods and optical characterisation. 

The PhD is funded by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), as part of the UK’s Quantum Technology programme. As such the student will also benefit from regular interaction and site visits with Dstl staff.

The PhD programme 

Our world-leading research centre is a hive of activity with over 250 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 photonic engineers of the future to join our friendly and vibrant research team and work alongside our department of world-class researchers. Our 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. This position includes an annual stipend of £18,000 (tax free) and allowance to enable attendance at international conferences. As this post is funded by Dstl it is subject to eligibility and administrative checks prior to acceptance. 

How to apply: 

To apply, please submit an application for a PhD in the Optoelectronics Research Centre to the University of Southampton including that you wish to apply for a project within Prof. Peter Smith’s group. Please see the following address for more details: https://www.orc.soton.ac.uk/phd

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact James Gates, Optical Engineering & Quantum Photonics Research Group, Email: J.Gates@soton.ac.uk, 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: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2020 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 £18,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

How To Apply

Applications should be made online here selecting “PhD ORC (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter Peter Smith under the proposed supervisor.

Applications should include

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk 


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