Postgraduate research opportunities

Nanoscale assembly methods for manufacturing of quantum photonic systems

The student will design and fabricate nanoscale systems for quantum applications using state-of-the-art 3D assembly tools, nano-accurate microscopy and will measure the devices in optical laboratories.

Number of places



Home fee, Stipend


11 December 2020


31 May 2021


42 months


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.

UKRI Studentship Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for UKRI funding has changed for studentships commencing in the 2021/22 academic year. Now, all home and international students are eligible to apply for UKRI funding which will cover the full stipend and tuition fees at the home rate (not the international rate). Under the new criteria, UKRI have stipulated a maximum percentage of international students that can be recruited each year against individual training grants. This will be managed at the institutional level for all EPSRC DTP and ICASE grants. For EPSRC CDT grants, this will be managed by the individual CDT administrative/management team. For ESRC and AHRC studentships the final funding decision will be made by the respective grant holder.


To be classed as a home student, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK national (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter.


The residency requirements are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments. Normally to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education).

If a student does not meet the criteria above, they will be classed as an international student. The international portion of the tuition fee cannot be funded by the UKRI grant and must be covered from other sources. International students are permitted to self-fund the difference between the home and international fee rates.

Project Details

Technological advances such as chip scale electronics, LED lighting and advanced power generation systems are often underpinned by new techniques in materials science and manufacturing.  Photonics and quantum technologies are two rapidly advancing fields that are benefitting from hybrid materials integration and meta-materials science.  For example, crystal defects, dopant atoms or electronic confinement structures in solid state materials can act like isolated atoms, providing energy transitions that are easily accessible using RF or optical excitation.  By creating these pseudo-atoms ‘on-demand’ in semiconductor or dielectric chips, they can be integrated with laser sources, electronics and sensors to fabricate a wide range of new devices and systems. Examples include ultra-sensitive magnetometers, gravitational sensors, and devices for quantum information processing communications and memories. 

This project will be focused on the development of new micro and nano-fabrication processes for the integration of nano-scale objects with optical and electronic circuits.  This will require the development of ultra-precise microscopy and mechanical transfer systems in addition to processing using standard semiconductor cleanroom methods and tools.  In order to enable future manufacturing of quantum systems at scale, these processes must be automated and allow for high throughput.  The student will gain experience in optical systems design, cleanroom processing, ultra-high precision pick-and-place technology and photonic measurements.  This work is aligned with major research projects at the Institute of Photonics and the student will have access to unique nano-assembly tools and processes developed by our group.   Research findings will be published in high impact journals with the opportunity to present at an international conference. 

Institute of Photonics:

The Institute of Photonics (IoP), part of the Department of Physics, is a centre of excellence in applications-oriented research at the University of Strathclyde - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 Scottish University of the Year, The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education 2019, The Times Higher Education UK University of the Year 2019/20 (and 2012/13), The Times Higher Education Widening Participation Initiative of the Year 2019 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 IoP is located in the £100M Technology and Innovation Centre on Strathclyde’s Glasgow city centre campus, at the heart of Glasgow’s Innovation District, where it is co-located with the UK’s first Fraunhofer Research Centre. Researchers at the IoP are active in a broad range of photonics fields under the areas of Photonic Devices, Advanced Lasers and Neurophotonics, for further information please view the IoP webpage

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