Funded Opportunities

The following fully-funded PhD projects are currently available.


Silicon-based semiconductor quantum dot/ring lasers (Dr Qiandong Zhuang)

Supervisor:  Dr Qiandong Zhuang

Applications are invited for a prestigious 4 year EPSRC PhD studentship to join a world-leading research group working on cutting edge III-V compound semiconductor quantum materials and optoelectronics.

Project Description

‌This project will focus on developing advanced lasers operating in infrared ranges for telecom use gas analysing. The project will involve developing a novel buffer technology and efficient semiconductor quantum materials and optimising device processing in a state-of-the-art cleanroom, to demonstrate telecom lasers monolithically on silicon and mid-wavelength infrared lasers for gas analysing. The project is part of newly funded projects through EPSRC Silicon Photonics for Future Systems consortium and Innovate UK. Two industrial partners from UK and China are involved in the project so there are possible secondments to conduct experiment using state-of-the-art test instruments and learn management approaches. 

The Physics Department is holder of Athena SWAN Silver Award and JUNO Championship status and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department.

Please contact Dr Qiandong Zhuang (q.zhuang@lancaster.ac.uk)  for any additional enquires.  You can also apply directly here stating the title of the project and the name of the supervisor.

Eligibility

Academic requirements: Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering or Materials Science, and a relevant Master’s degree or equivalent research experience as demonstrated by international journal publications. A strong curriculum and portfolio of undergraduate courses covering condensed matter physics and optics, as well as additional materials-science related undergraduate or Master’s education is desirable.

Residency Criteria: Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is only open to UK nationals or those eligible according to EPSRC - https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/

Funding

The PhD starting date is 1st October 2017. This is a four year fully funded EPSRC scholarship covering UK tuition fees and a maintenance stipend.

Closing Date

7th July 2017


Atom-by-atom control and characterisation of molecular structures at surfaces (Dr Samuel Jarvis)

Supervisor:  Dr Samuel Jarvis

Co-supervisor:  Prof. Oleg Kolosov

Project Description

‌We are seeking an outstanding candidate to work on a PhD project in the Physics Department and Materials Science Institute at Lancaster University. 

A major challenge in nanotechnology remains the design and construction of novel devices capable of specific functions at the atomic and molecular scale.  One of the most promising routes towards this goal is the directed self-assembly of single molecule precursors into larger surface structures, such as single-atom-thick ‘wires’ and 2D molecular networks with specific functional properties. 

As a consequence, there has been tremendous experimental and theoretical effort to both tune the mechanisms and kinetics of molecular self-assembly, and also, importantly, develop methods that can characterise such materials with atomic and submolecular resolution. 

This PhD project aims to develop new approaches for atomic resolution characterisation and methods for directing self-assembly across a range of surface materials, moving beyond current restrictions on sample preparation and characterisation techniques.  Core to this is atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) which can be used to image and manipulate surfaces and molecules with atomic and submolecular resolution through measurements of atomic forces or electron tunnelling.  This project will pursue new methods to stabilise molecular structures on surfaces, with the aim of creating stable molecular networks on non-conducting materials.  The key to this is AFM, which is uniquely capable of imaging in real-space with atomic resolution on non-conducting materials which will be complemented by advanced computational simulation and other surface-sensitive techniques. 

The student will benefit from working in the world leading Quantum Nanotechnology group in the Physics Department with strong collaborative links with Chemistry, Engineering, Energy Lancaster and the Materials Science Institute.  Lancaster University is ranked in the top 10 of UK Universities as ranked in The Times/Sunday Times, the Guardian and the Complete University Guide.  The Physics Department was ranked 2nd in the UK for world-leading research in the most recent Research Assessment.

The microscopes used for this project will be housed in the newly constructed, state-of-the-art IsoLab facility (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/facilities/projects/isolab/), built at a cost of £2M, providing some of the most advanced ultra-low noise environments in the world.  This PhD position will suit candidates from Physics, Chemistry or Materials Science. 

The Physics Department is holder of Athena SWAN Silver Award and JUNO Championship status and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department.

Please contact Dr Samuel Jarvis (samuel.jarvis@lancaster.ac.uk) for any additional enquires.  You can also apply directly here stating the title of the project and the name of the supervisor.

Funding

The PhD starting date is before Oct. 1st 2017. Funding for this project is available to citizens of the UK and the European Union. Funding for 3.5 years covering full fees and a maintenance stipend will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Closing Date

Until the position is filled.