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PhD Studentship - Silicon Photonics for Ocean Pollutant Monitoring

Photonic Systems Circuits & Sensors Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Tuesday 31 August 2021
Reference:  1359321PN

Supervisory Team:    Professor Goran Mashanovich (ORC), Professor Qilei Song (Imperial college/Chemical engineering), Dr Rand Ismaeel (UoS/National Oceanography Centre)

Project description

This exciting multidisciplinary PhD project aims to develop a new class of marine sensors based on cutting-edge silicon photonics research. The past decade was exceptional in terms of global heat, retreating ice and record sea levels driven by greenhouse gases from human activities. Sea water is 26 percent more acidic than at the start of the industrial era, which poses an extreme hazard. The ocean absorbs about 38% of the CO2 released in the atmosphere. There is, therefore, a pressing need to measure and quantify levels of concentrations of CO2 and identify its origin.

In a collaboration between the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), and Imperial College, the successful candidate will study the detection of ocean pollutants such as CO2 and methane (CH4) by designing, fabricating and testing sensors for monitoring their unique spectral absorption fingerprints in order to understand their evolution and life cycle from the seabed to the atmosphere and vice versa. The student be based at the ORC, where silicon chips will be fabricated in state-of-the-art clean rooms, but will have the opportunity to conduct experiments at the NOC’s world-class facilities, where sensors will be integrated in submarines and gliders at the Marine Autonomous Robotics centre. 

For eligible UK applicants, a fully funded PhD place on this project is available supported by EPSRC/NERC Studentship, which comes with a stipend of up to £18,000 (tax-free) with fees paid.

For any further information or informal discussion, please contact Prof. Goran Mashanovich at

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 2021 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £18,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

How To Apply

Applications should be made online. Select programme type (Research), 2021/22, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD  ORC (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Goran Mashanovich 

Applications should include

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

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