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PhD Studentship in Photonics

Project Title: Intersubband electro-optic modulators and photodetectors

Applications are invited for a fully-funded industrial CASE studentship in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering at University College London (UCL). The funding is provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and CIP Technologies (Huawei), and the studentship is only available to those applicants who are UK or EU nationals. (see for more details).

Project Title: Intersubband electro-optic modulators and photodetectors

Description: Optical modulators and photodetectors are the key elements of optical transceivers. The multi-billion market of optical transceivers increasingly demands devices with higher performance with sustainable cost. Indium phosphide (InP) technology need to deliver next generation optical-communication systems beyond 100 G, and recent InP photonics innovations indeed promise high performance in terms of bandwidth, power consumption, and port density. This PhD project aims to a new device structures and growth methods for next generation high speed modulators and detectors using the state of the art molecular beam epitaxy facilities in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

This is a collaborative industrial CASE studentship with CIP and will involve collaboration between CIP and UCL. Regular report to CIP about the project progress is required in this project. From time to time the CIP supervisor may expect the student to spend time at CIP Technologies’ facilities in Ipswich under the supervision of the CIP supervisor, or at another Huawei facility in the UK or elsewhere, for such durations and at such times as mutually agreed with the university supervisor. 

Applicants should have a First class or Upper Second Class Honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in electronic engineering, materials sciences or physics. He/she should have good knowledge/experience of semiconductor devices, optoelectronics, and telecommunication. The successful applicant will also demonstrate strong interest in the project and good writing skills in English.

The studentship must commence before 21st December 2016. For UK nationals, the generous award will cover UK tuition fees and also a tax-free maintenance stipend (including London weighting) of £19,057. EU students are eligible for an award to cover tuition fees only.

To make informal inquiries, please send a CV, including a list of any publications, with the contact details of at least two referees to Dr. Jiang Wu ( who will also be happy to answer any questions and provide further details about this project.

 You can also download a copy of the advert.

Applications: should be made using the UCL postgraduate study application form through Prism (     

For more information, see UCL Applications page.

Candidates should indicate on the application form that the proposed supervisor is Dr. Jiang Wu under 'Name of Proposed supervisor' the title of the PhD they are applying for.

Please clearly mark your application as iCASE-CIP

Applications from UK applicants or those with a relevant connection with the UK will be considered until the position is filled.

Closing date: 5th December 2016