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 (  for any additional enquires.  You can also apply directly here stating the title of the project and the name of the supervisor.


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 -


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

31st August 2017