UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering


Fully-funded PhD studentship in Photonics

Fully funded four-year PhD studentships are available to UKRI eligible students.

Duration of study: Full time - four years fixed term

Starting date: October 2022

Application deadline: 15th April  2022 (or until filled)

Primary Supervisor: One of the Photonics group academics

Eligibility: UKRI eligibility criteria 

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship,  to work in the Photonics Group, (Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, UCL) on future photonic devices and systems. 

Funding: The studentship covers Home tuition fees and an annual stipend of £17,285 (2020-2021), increasing annually with inflation. Additional support will cover consumables, books, professional memberships and travel to workshops and conferences.

Background: Photonics is a technology that is now ubiquitous in a number of applications. It underpins a number of novel developments such as autonomous vehicles and quantum technology or the Internet. At UCL the work concentrates on a number of aspects ranging from material to full systems. The key areas of research are around semiconductor materials and the development of silicon photonics integrated platforms, integrated photonics, ultrafast photonic devices, future liquid crystal technology, photonic metamaterial development, photonic analogue to digital conversion, THz photonics, wireless and radio over fibre, converged wireless and optical networks and THz characterization and microscopy.

The groups has access to world leading facilities including molecular beam epitaxy material growth for novel material development and silicon photonics integrated circuits, state of the art cleanroom facilities for device fabrication, 6 experimental labs with state of the art equipment for measurements from the microwave to optical waves.

We expect to offer a number of research opportunities for PhD students within our group and please do not hesitate to contact any of our supervisor for further details. At the moment we have a particular position in the area of THz photonics.

Qualifications required: The successful applicants will be part of the Photonics Group, Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering. Applicants should be outstanding academically, with an (Minimum of a 2’1) undergraduate degree or equivalent in physics, communications or electronic & electrical engineering with a clear aptitude and enthusiasm for research. The research within our group can range from  fully experimental to fully  theoretical modelling.

The ideal candidate would have some or all of the following skills and knowledge 

  • Experience of experimental work in either electronics, physics measurement, optics or photonics characterisation
  • Experience in developing computer models for different engineering problems or physical phenomenon.
  • Experience in using typical software tools for modelling electromagnetic, problems, physics problem (e.g. ADS, CST studio, HFSS, Comsol Multiphysics, Lumerical)
  • Scientific computer programming (e.g.,MATLAB, C++, Python, Java

Additional information: The student will typically work closely with researchers within the group and be part of larger projects as well as integrating a larger cohort of PhD student within the Centre for Doctoral Training in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems. The Photonics Group has a long history in graduating high quality, very successful PhD graduates. A large number have won a series of prizes and awards for their research and are now working in leading academic and industrial research laboratories in the world.

How to apply: Applications must be made using the UCL online application system and indicate the name of the supervisor(s) you want to work with. 

Contact: For informal enquires please send a CV, including a list of any publications and a cover letter to the supervisor(s) you are interested to work with. The potential supervisor will be happy to answer any queries about the project.

For information on the PhD programme within the department, please contact the Departmental Graduate Administrator.

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