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PhD Opportunities

Work at the forefront of global photonics and advanced materials research:

We are seeking students with a good understanding of physics and a degree in a related discipline to work with us on a variety of inter-related projects under major nanophotonics research programmes funded by the EPSRC (£5.6M) and the European Research Council (€2.6M).

You will join a strong international team of students, postdoctoral and academic staff working together on aspects of cutting-edge nanophotonics research – seeking to understand, control and utilize light and light-matter interactions at the sub-wavelengths scale. A remarkable range of new phenomena is found in this regime, with wide-ranging potential applications in, for example, telecommunications, metrology, sensing, defence, super-resolution imaging, and data storage.

Our projects are an opportunity to develop advanced skills in experimental photonics, computational electromagnetic modelling, application of machine learning and AI, electron and optical microscopy and nanofabrication. It is expected that students will publish a number of papers in leading academic journals and present their work at major international conferences as their research progresses.

Find out more about life as a postgraduate student at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, and the support available (including generous stipends for UK students) at

The projects will be supervised by the team of Prof Nikolay Zheludev FRS, Prof Kevin MacDonad, Dr Eric Plum, Dr Nikitas Papasimakis and Dr Dongyang Wang. See more details at

Please direct informal enquiries to Prof. Zheludev and Dr. Plum including a copy of your CV.

Currently available PhD projects