PhD studentships in Quantum, Light & Matter physics

The Quantum, Light & Matter group in Southampton’s Physics and Astronomy department, conducts world-class research in the fields of quantum, atomic and semiconductor physics, photonics, magnetism and nanomaterials. PhD students use the state-of-the-art facilities at the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre. SNC is one of the premiere cleanrooms in Europe, facilitating a uniquely broad range of technologies by combining traditional and novel top down fabrication with state-of-the-art bottom up fabrication. The QLM Group will provide research experience, training, laboratory facilities and access to its seminar and lectures. Students would also be encouraged to attend major conferences during their period of study and would have access to all university facilities for wider study, including the libraries, and recreation.

We offer PhD projects in

  • atom chips & molecular interferometry
  • nanomaterials & liquid crystals
  • biophotonics & bionanotechnology
  • plasmonics & nanophotonics
  • green photonics & energy conversion
  • polaritonics and spintronics
  • magnetism & superconductivity
  • terahertz sources & devices
  • laser physics & devices
  • theoretical quantum optoelectronics

Due to funding restrictions, fully-funded studentships are available to UK and EU students only, this includes a tax-free bursary of £13,726 pa, tuition fees and a Research Training Support Grant for research consumables and conference attendance. To apply please send a CV, relevant publications, the names of two referees and a covering letter explaining your current interests and relevant background to Please note that the successful candidate will be asked to submit an online PhD research application to ensure they have met all necessary admissions criteria:

For further application details and more information: 

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