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PhDs Available

Advanced Semiconductor Lasers for Neuro-Inspired Photonic Systems

Large scale integration of photonic circuits

PhD Studentship in the EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Diamond Science and Technology

PhD Places

PhD Studentships in Advanced Lasers and Photonics Materials and Devices for Quantum Technology

Institute of Photonics, Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde


The Institute of Photonics has 5 fully-funded PhD studentships available for October 2015 (start date flexible) in the research areas of Advanced Lasers, and Photonic Materials and Devices for Quantum Technology. 


The Institute of Photonics (IoP), established in 1996, is a commercially-oriented research unit at the University of Strathclyde, the Times Higher Education UK University of the Year 2012/13 and UK Entrepreneurial University of the Year 2013/14.  The Institute’s key objective is to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial applications and development in the area of photonics.  The offices and laboratories of the IoP are based in Strathclyde’s Glasgow city centre campus.  We are part of the Strathclyde Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) initiative and will move to the new TIC building in April 2015, co-located with the new Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics.  Researchers at the IoP are active in a broad range of photonics fields including Advanced Lasers, Photonics Materials and Devices, and Neurophotonics.  For more information about our research, please see:


Funding mechanisms are in place, supported by Fraunhofer UK Ltd, for collaborative, industry-linked doctoral research at the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics in Glasgow, and its partner institute, Fraunhofer IAF in Freiburg, Germany.


Student eligibility: To enter our PhD programme applicants require an upper-second or first class BSc Honours degree, or a Masters qualification of equal or higher standard, in Physics, Engineering or a related discipline.  Full funding, covering fees and stipend, is available for UK or EU nationals only.


How to apply: Applicants should send a CV to


Applications will close once all the posts are filled.


Masters Course

The Masters taught course in Photonics and Device Microfabrication, registration is open

The Institute of Photonics currently supervises projects from two Engineering Doctorate Centres: the Industrial Doctorate Centre in Optics and Photonics Technologies, and the Doctoral Training Centre in Medical Devices. The former is an innovative scheme where the student is based within a company while undertaking their training; the latter trains engineers and physical scientists to work at the life science interface. More details on these centres can be found below:

Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics’
Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in Medical Devices
Centre for Doctoral Training in Diamond Science and Technology