UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering


PhD position in Engineering interaction effects in semiconductor nanostructures

PhD position in “Engineering interaction effects in semiconductor nanostructures”

PhD position in “Engineering interaction effects in semiconductor nanostructures

Duration of study: Full time-four years fixed term

Starting date: October 2021 or as soon possible thereafter  

Closing Date : 31st July 2021

Primary Supervisor: Dr Sanjeev Kumar

PhD Project Description:

The experimental PhD work involves engineering quantum effects which bring out new physical phenomena for advances in quantum physics and for application in future quantum technologies. The work will involve the manipulation and measurement of electron wavefunctions in systems of restricted dimensionality and observation of effects down to the single electron level. The candidate will spend considerable time in the cleanroom for fabricating high-quality nanoscale devices for subsequent detailed low-noise measurements at ultra-low temperatures down to 10mK and large magnetic field upto 14 Tesla. It may be noted a proper training will be provided for device fabrication and low-noise measurements, and there will be many opportunities for career and professional development via UCL training programme. 

The students will have opportunity to witness and gain hands on experience on some remarkable quantum mechanical effects which we observe in our laboratory on a daily basis! On completion of the project, they will have gained not only scientific insight of the quantum physics of discrete and integrated devices, but also learned and experienced state-of-the-art technologies and advanced low-noise measurement systems at ultralow temperatures in the milliKelvin regime. The deep physics which they will learn and the techniques they will experience may well shape their future research, academic or industry career.


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.

The international candidates who have secured their own funding either through personal funds or international scholarship are encouraged to contact us as soon as possible. Please note there is no funding available for the international students.

Qualifications required: Candidates should have or expect to achieve an excellent degree(s) (BEng/BSc/MEng/MSc) in Physics, Materials Science, Electronic Engineering, Computer Science or related discipline with either first class or higher second class. 

How to apply: Please send your CV with an expression of interest to

Dr S Kumar (sanjeev.kumar@ucl.ac.uk) including contact details of three potential referees.