Postgraduate students form an integral part of the Photon Science Institute.
I think that PhD students at the PSI come out with more than just a doctorate but with a great deal of ambition. Working with these researchers really makes you want to strive to reach your full potential.Khadisha Zahra / Former PhD student
As a student working at the PSI, you'll get the opportunity to work with outstanding researchers and to use some of the best technology in the country.
In a truly interdisciplinary environment, you'll develop a wide range of skills.
You will be registered with one particular Department, but can have a supervisory team that involves a number of Departments.
A number of research projects that would be based in the Photon Science Institute are currently open for applications.
Find details by theme in the accordion below. If you are interested in any of these or interested in a related area, please contact the individual researcher directly.
Biophotonics and bioanalytical spectroscopy
Supervisor: Iain Crowe
- Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) based imaging systems on a silicon chip
- Strain engineered germanium-on-silicon for CMOS compatible LASER/photo-detector devices
- Impurity co-doped core-shell silicon quantum dots for fluorescence imaging, spectroscopy and renewable energy applications
Supervisor: Mark Dickinson
- Advanced imaging, such as photo-acoustics
- Using mobile devices for patient self-monitoring of disease progression
- Functional imaging of the microvasculature
Supervisor: Thomas Waigh
- Super-resolution fluorescence imaging of bacterial biofilms
- Optical coherence tomography to study the fluid mechanics of opaque solutions of DNA
- Active cell movement in live tissue
Photon science and applications
Supervisor: Wendy Flavell
- Degradation and surface passivation of halide perovskite light harvesters
- Surface properties of quantum dots for next generation solar cells
- Ultrafast measurements of charge transport in nanoparticles for solar nanocells
Supervisor: Andrew Murray
- Electron impact ionization and excitation of atoms and molecules
- Looking for quantum interface in two-colour photoionization pathways
- Studying highly excited Rydberg atoms to produce q-bits
Supervisor: Louise Natrajan
- New and improved formulations for pressure sensitive paints (EPSRC iCASE studentship)
- Evaluation of Uranium Retention in Geological Minerals at the Sub-Micron Level (NDA studentship)
- Photon Upconversion Probes with Lanthanide Containing Biomolecules
Supervisor: Alex Walton
- In-situ characterisation of battery materials
- Correlative spectroscopy of carbon-based catalysts
- 2-D electrocatalysts: a model system approach
Photonic materials and devices
Supervisor: David Binks
- Carrier recombination in cubic phase GaN
- Polarised light emitting quantum wells for 3D displays
- Micro-spatial variation of photoluminescence in InGaN/GaN quantum wells
Supervisor: Jessica Boland
- Exposing the ultrafast dynamics of 2D materials and Dirac systems via terahertz spectroscopy
- Near-field terahertz microscopy of 2D materials and topological insulators
- Terahertz spectroscopy and near-field terahertz microscopy of III-V and silicon nanostructures for device applications
Supervisor: Subhasish Chakraborty
- GRAPHIQ: Graphene plasmonic on-chip quantum computation
- Quantum Cascade Laser for Ultra-fast Communication (QCLUC)
- Graphene-based Laser Architecture featuring Dynamic Smart Terahertz OptoplasmonNic Elements (GLADSTONE)
Supervisor: Richard Curry
- Nanoparticle-enhanced X-ray detector technologies
- Doped amorphous semiconductors for photonic applications
- Photonic studies of doped nitride semiconductor nanocrystals
Supervisor: Tim Echtermeyer
- 2D-material based optoelectronics
- Micro- and Nano-opto-electro-mechanical systems (M/NOEMS)
Supervisor: Darren Graham
- Terahertz spintronics: Enabling the exploitation of electron spin
- Gallium Nitride: A miracle material for exploiting the full spectrum of light
- Terahertz driven linac: Shrinking the size and cost of particle accelerators
Supervisor: Matthew Halsall
- Frequency modulation spectroscopy of Light emitting diode materials
- The limitations of silicon solar cell efficiency
- Spectroscopy of perovskite materials
Supervisor: Patrick Parkinson
- Statistical approaches for nanotechnology (large measurement ensembles)
- Single photon techniques (optical, SPAD and software development with novel materials)
- Silicon integrable nanolaser structures
Photon Science / Quantum Studentship
Applications are invited for at least two funded 4-year PhD studentships open to home (1) and international (1) applicants to be held at the Photon Science Institute at The University of Manchester. This includes activity spanning the Faculty of Science and Engineering, as well as the National Graphene Institute and Photon Science Institute.
Applications are invited across any Quantum 2.0 theme where Manchester has active research, including Quantum materials, measurement of quantum photonic properties, theory of open-quantum systems etc.
Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a quantum-related degree. Applicants are encouraged to contact academics within the Photon Science Institute, whose research spans Quantum 2.0, and informal queries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarships can commence at any point and will be offered on a rolling basis until filled.
Explore the PSI's research activity and the three themes that our researchers focus on.
Our Institute brings together experts from a range of science and engineering fields.