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PhD Studentship - New Optical Components and Optical Amplifiers Development for Future High Speed Internet

Fibre & Systems Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Monday 31 August 2020
Reference:  1214819PN

Supervisor:                 Professor David Richardson

Co-supervisor             Dr Yongmin Jung

Project description

We are looking for applicants with a background in physics, material sciences or engineering to explore a new fibre technology concept capable of supporting far greater capacity by increasing the number of spatial channels sent through the fibre cross-section. 

Working in the world-leading Optoelectronics Research Centre, (ORC), the successful candidate will develop a new array of optical components and optical amplifiers to facilitate compact and practical new Space Division Multiplexing (SDM) systems targeting up to 100 spatial channels per fibre operation.

This project is primarily experimental in nature and you will be working within a team of world-leading researchers, within extensive and well equipped labs, with the opportunity to engage with industrial partners to achieve high impact outcomes from the work. 

Optical fibre networks provide the backbone for the internet, with 99% of the world’s data traffic sent at some point over optical fibres. There are more than two billion kilometres of fibre installed across the globe with an extra 400 million kilometres added every year! However, the ultimate data carrying capacity of the fibres used in today’s networks, developed in the mid-70s, is now within sight in the laboratory and there are concerns this will ultimately compromise the capacity, cost and ways that commercial networks are built in the next 5-10 years. 

The project is supported with substantial funding from a £6m EPSRC-funded AirGuide Photonics programme grant, hosted at the world-renowned Optoelectronics Research Centre

About the Optoelectronics Research Centre

The ORC has led the world in optical fibre technology research for the past 50 years. With over 90 state-of-the-art laboratories and 200 researchers working in all areas of photonics, the ORC provides an outstanding interdisciplinary environment for students to grow. Its cluster of 12 photonics spin-out companies provides a natural career path for PhD graduates. 

The group has an excellent track record of publishing in high profile research journals and international conferences. Its former PhD and postdoctoral researchers have made successful careers in universities worldwide or as industry scientists and business leaders. 

In the first year of your PhD a structured training programme runs alongside the research project, providing a gradual transition from taught degree to open-ended research. Students present their work at conferences worldwide, first-author papers in leading academic journals and emerge with skills at the forefront of glass and fibre optics research https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2_6yNQamkU

Further ORC information: www.orc.soton.ac.uk

Further Airguide Photonics information: www.airguide.soton.ac.uk 

To discuss any details of the project or arrange a visit, please contact Professor David Richardson (djr@orc.soton.ac.uk), Dr Hans Christian Mulvad (h.c.mulvad@soton.ac.uk), or Dr Lin Xu (l.xu@soton.ac.uk).

Entry Requirements

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

Closing date: applications are accepted throughout the year but start date is typically October 2020. 

Funding: full tuition for EU/UK Students 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 “Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science” under the Faculty and then “PhD ORC (Full time)” as the programme. 

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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