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Terahertz Photonics


Key facts

Type of research degree
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Project start date
Saturday 1 October 2022
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Source of funding
University of Leeds
Professor John Cunningham
School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Research groups/institutes
Pollard Institute
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Applicants are sought for a funded PhD in the area of terahertz photonics. The project is an exciting opportunity to join a large and world-renowned research group active and leading in many areas of terahertz science and technology. One area of our current research is in the fast modulation of sources for terahertz radiation, and we are currently investigating acoustic waves for this application. <br /> <br /> In this experimental PhD project you will develop new ways to modulate terahertz sources (including quantum cascade lasers) using acoustic waves. The work will mainly be performed in our world-class terahertz laboratory, and new cleanroom, in which you would make these devices using state-of-the-art equipment.<br /> <br /> Potential applications of the work include faster wireless communication systems and a new type of self-modulating laser.<br /> <br /> The PhD would suit an applicant with a good first degree in Physics, Electronic Engineering, or an aligned field, having a good working knowledge of physical electronics. <br />

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the Planned Course of Study section that you are applying to <em><strong>PHD Electronic &amp; Electrical Engineering FT</strong></em> and in the&nbsp;research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is <em><strong>Terahertz Photonics</strong></em> as well as&nbsp;<a href="">Professor John Cunningham</a>&nbsp;as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis. &nbsp;Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisors for an informal discussion before making a formal application. &nbsp;We also advise that you apply at the earliest opportunity as the application and selection process may close early, should we receive a sufficient number of applications or that a suitable candidate is appointed.</p> <p>Please note that you must provide the following documents at the point you submit your application:</p> <ul> <li>Full Transcripts of all degree study or if in final year of study, full transcripts to date</li> <li>Personal Statement outlining your interest in the project</li> <li>CV</li> <li>Funding information including any alternative sources of funding that you are applying for or if you are able to pay your own fees and maintenance</li> </ul>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p class="MsoNoSpacing">A highly competitive School of Electronic &amp; Electrical Engineering Studentship consisting of the award of fees at the UK fee rate of &pound;4,596 together with a maintenance grant (currently &pound;17,668 for session 2022/23) for 3.5 years.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Non-UK Applicants: If you are successful in securing this offer of funding, you will be responsible for paying the remaining balance of academic fees.&nbsp; If you are a previous University of Leeds graduate and self-funding the remaining balance of fees, you may be entitled to the 10% Alumni Bursary, however, the Alumni Bursary will be included within this award.</p> <p>This opportunity is open to all applicants. All candidates will be placed into the School of School of Electronic &amp; Electrical Engineering Studentship Competition and selection is based on academic merit.<br /> <br /> <strong>Important:&nbsp;</strong> Any costs associated with your arrival at the University of Leeds to start your PhD including flights, immigration health surcharge/medical insurance and Visa costs are <strong>not</strong> covered under this studentship.</p> <p>Please refer to the&nbsp;<a href="">UKCISA</a>&nbsp;website for&nbsp;information regarding Fee Status for Non-UK Nationals.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information about your application, please contact Doctoral College Admissions: e:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> <p>For further information about this project,&nbsp;please contact Professor John Cunnignham: e: <a href=""></a></p>