Ph.D. project: Novel nanophotonic devices for applications in quantum optics
One fully funded Ph.D. studentship is immediately available at the ASN-Lab in the context of the School of Engineering & Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, in Edinburgh (UK). The successful candidate will be provided with funding to pay tuition fees and an adequate tax-free stipend for 3 years. The related research project will be mostly focused on the fabrication and characterization of integrated plasmonic components for application in quantum optics. The material platforms of choice are silicon nitride, diamond, and graphene. Our goal is to give a substantial contribution to the ongoing IT revolution that aims at bringing bulk quantum systems into the nanophotonic world.
We are looking for a talented, creative, proactive, and strongly motivated individual to work on a new ground-breaking project with the potential of publications in high impact journals. A suitable applicant must have a first class degree in physics or other relevant subject in the physical sciences or engineering. Experience in CST microwave studio, COMSOL Multiphysics and math tools such as Matlab will be a plus. Only candidate with good communication skills in English, including oral and written language are encouraged to apply.
The selected student will be based at the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences of Heriot-Watt University. However, he/she is expected to occasionally travel for conferences and/or collaborations in different location outside the country (see “Partners” webpage). The proposed project will allow the successful candidate to master numerous fundamental aspects at the base of the fabrication of integrated photonics devices and acquire hands-on experience on advanced facilities such as: e-beam writer, focused ion beam system, etcher, evaporator for film deposition, and many others tools already available on campus. The project requires both individual and group work and a successful candidate must be capable of adapting to both scenarios. The very applicative nature of the proposed project will luckily lead to different industrial collaborations.
How to apply:
The application should consist of: 1 cover letter, 1 reference letter, and an updated CV containing a detailed description of the candidate’s most relevant experiences and expertise in the field of photonics/physics. A brief paragraph about the candidate’s extracurricular activities is also welcome.
The entire documentation should be sent to Dr. Marcello Ferrera.
Additional fellowships and funding:
The proposed doctoral project could equally be supported by other available studentships such as:
1) Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) Prize Studentships: These are prestigious and competitive awards that are intended to attract outstanding students from around the world. Please visit the SUPA website for further information: http://www.supa.ac.uk/
2) Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in Condensed Matter: Fully funded PhD studentships are available in Condensed Matter research. For further information please visit http://cm-dtc.supa.ac.uk/
3) James Watt (ORSAS) Scholarships: These are University awards providing full university postgraduate fees and a contribution to maintenance costs of £8,500 per annum for a maximum of three years. For further information please visit: http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/scholarships/ Note the submission deadline for this is 31st March.
4) Partial Scholarships: The scholarships provide full fees and a contribution towards maintenance for up to three years. Please also visit http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/scholarships/ for information.
5) Fees Only Scholarships: These scholarships provide full fees for up to three years. Further information can also be found in http://www.postgraduate.hw.ac.uk/scholarships/