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Postgraduate research project

Laser integration on silicon

Competition funded
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Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree
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Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

This project is tackling major technological roadblocks associated with silicon photonics and aims to demonstrate the monolithic integration of III/V lasers with CMOS photonic waveguiding components. This breakthrough will enable the development of innovative photonic circuits to serve the requirements of a wide range of low cost optical interconnects and sensing technologies.


You will work at the silicon photonics group alongside other researcher industrial partners, national, and international collaborators to develop integrated photonics circuits coupling III/V materials grown on silicon to CMOS compatible waveguides. The work will be developed as part of a multimillion pounds project running for a period of 5 years and funded by Industry and UKRI/EPSRC UK.

We are looking for several enthusiastic candidates with background in photonics, electronics, physics or material science to take on specific aspects of this project. The work will focus on device simulation and design followed by process development and fabrication using the best University clean room facility in the UK. Device characterisation will be performed in our state-of-the-art silicon photonics laboratory and in collaboration with our academic partners.

Successful applicants will join a world leading research group of more than 50 postgraduate students and researchers working on silicon photonics technologies and photonic interconnects technologies in close collaboration with academia (University of Cambridge, University College London and Cardiff University) and industrial partners.

In the Zepler Institute we are committed into sustaining an inclusive environment for all applicants, students and staff. We hold an Athena SWAN Silver Award, and we actively work to improve equality in the workplace and encourage a work-life balance. We have a unique, friendly and supportive environment supported by dedicated mentoring, professional development and wellbeing schemes.

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