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Postgraduate research project

Monolithic integration of III-V lasers on silicon

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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

Applications are invited for multiple PhD studentships to be undertaken within the silicon photonics group at the University of Southampton. The 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. The work is linked to a 5-year multimillion pounds project funded by Industry and UKRI/EPSRC UK


This project is tackling major technological roadblocks associated to 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. The student will work alongside other researchers, industrial partners, and national and international collaborators.

We are looking for several enthusiastic candidates with background in photonics, electronics, physics or material science to take on specific aspects of these projects. The work will focus on device simulation and design followed by process development and fabrication using the best University cleanroom 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.  

We are looking for passionate candidates excited about the latest developments in technology. You will work in a multidisciplinary, motivating and supportive environment. You need a background in physics, chemistry, engineering, electronics or equivalent and a basic level of understanding semiconductor physics, photonics and material science. We will support you to expand in all these subjects. Experience with experimental work in either electronics, physics, optics or photonics, and computer modelling, programming languages are also desirable.

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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