On-Chip Colloidal Assembly for Nanophotonics Devices


Funded PhD


39 Months

Application deadline:

Monday 8 June 2020

About this project

Applications are invited for a University funded experimental PhD studentship to develop radically new self-assembly approaches for creating nanoscale light sources on a silicon chip. This technological breakthrough will pave the way for photonic integrated circuits, allowing us to build ultra-fast and low power consumption computers based on light (rather than electron) transport.

The project follows the award of a €3M EU H2020 Future Emerging Technologies grant (POSEIDON) across 8 institutions in Germany, UK, Spain and the Czech Republic in self-assembled nanophotonics. Working as part of a world-leading multi-disciplinary team comprising Hull (2 PDRAs and this studentship) and the wider EU consortium, the PhD student will be responsible for fabricating and characterising the behaviour of hybrid metal-dielectric nanostructures on a silicon chip to create plasmonic and metamaterial based light sources.

The position will be based in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry with strong interactions with the Department of Physics and Mathematics. Both departments have a thriving research culture and a strong mix of experimental and theoretical groups encompassing colloid science, nanophotonics and condensed matter physics.

The University's Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of generic and discipline-specific modules to support research students through their programme.

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Full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarships will include tuition fees and maintenance (£15,009 in 2019/20) for 39 months, depending on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and can gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 30th June 2020 at the latest.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have at least a 2.1 undergraduate degree in Physics, Chemistry or related discipline, together with relevant research experience. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will have a 1st class undergraduate degree or Masters level qualification.