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We have a large number of students taking both PhD and Masters level courses. We offer both: research and taught masters with some distance learning options.

There are positions for Post. Doc and PhD studentship available from time to time, please check regularly.

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If you are interested in completing a PhD programme in this subject group please contact us by email photonics@aston.ac.uk to find out more about current opportunities.  

PhD Studentship (3 years): Advanced fibre Bragg grating fabrication with applications in astrophysics

Applications are invited for a three year Postgraduate studentship, supported by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be undertaken within the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT) at Aston University. The successful applicant will join an established experimental group working on fibre Bragg gratings.  

The position is available to start in October 2016 (subject to negotiation)

Main supervisor: Dr E Turitsyna
Associate Supervisors: Dr J Williams, Dr A Gbadebo

Financial Support

This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate plus a maintenance allowance of £14,057 in 2015/16. Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, currently this is £11,448 in 2015/16. 

Background of the Project

There is a long-standing critical bottleneck in astronomy, which limits the possibility of observations of the early Universe and starlight from distant galaxies. The main restrictions are imposed by bright infrared night sky formed by a large number of very narrow hydroxyl emission lights. One of the solutions for filtering of unwanted atmospheric lines is to use multichannel fibre Bragg gratings (FBGs) with suppression factors of 20-30 dB over the spectral window of hundreds nm. The main goal of the proposed PhD research is to develop novel approaches to fabrication of such FBGs based on a combination of original and new modelling methods and the advanced fast feedback fibre grating writing technique, recently proposed at Aston University. The PhD student will be involved in design and fabrication of advanced FBGs with application in astrophysics and other relevant areas. Second goal of the project is to study a new complimentary approach - writing gratings in multi-core fibres for use in photonics lanterns in astrophysics instrumentation. This technology has high independent value for sensing and medical and healthcare applications.

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in Electronic Engineering or Applied Physics. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of programming instrumentation and control, and experience with optics. 

How to apply

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the AIPT, contact Dr Elena Turitsyna by email e.g.turitsyna@aston.ac.uk.

The online application form, reference forms and details of entry requirements, including English language are available at www1.aston.ac.uk/eas/research/prospective-research-students/how-to-apply/ 

We offer 12-month, full-time postgraduate programmes relating to telecommunications, photonics, Internetand data network technologies commencing annually in October. Our Masters Level programmes have been designed in partnership with the UK's leading telecommunications organisations, our programme has the full support of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Federation of the Electronics Industry (FEI) Telecommunications and Radio Council. 

Our long-established MSc Telecommunications Systems is designed to develop or update a wide range of technical understanding, engineering 'know-how' and professional skills needed to contribute effectively to the design and development of telecommunication systems for national and international networks, and to enter telecommunications research.

MSc in Data Communication Networks which will be of interest to students interested in developing their technical careers in areas related to the design and development of data communications networks or to those wishing to enter research in this field.

MSc in Wireless Communications and Networking prepares students for an intellectually challenging career as a qualified engineer

We also offer Distance and Part Time Masters Study options for our MSc programmes.

We can supervise projects in the following areas

Possible projects in photonics:

  • Laser technology for blood pressure measurement 
  • Cardiorespiratory sensing 
  • Fibre-optic sensing technology for the oil and gas industry 
  • Sensing for aerospace 
  • Low loss polymer fibre grating sensors 
  • Composite material sensing with embedded sensors 
  • Gas sensing 
  • Nonlinear pulse shaping for pulse generation and optical processing 
  • Advanced microstructured waveguides for optical networks 
  • Nonlinear signal processing for telecommunications 
  • Super-channel transponders for ultra-high speed long-haul transmission 
  • Advanced multi-mode fibre transmission systems for data centre applications 
  • Femtosecond laser induced diamond nanostructures for photonics 
  • applications 

Possible projects in wireless communications:

  • Quantitative analysis of failure in Wireless Sensor networks. 
    Wireless sensor networks will form a backbone for the "Internet of Things" vision for the future. As the applications develop there will be a need to consider the network characteristics as part of the overall functional safety design of systems. The aim of this project is to study how node failures in a wireless sensor network affect an overall system failure rate for different network topologies and protocols.
  • Linear Topology Wireless Sensor Networks
    There are numerous applications for wireless sensor networks which require linear network topologies. These include the monitoring of oil pipelines, power lines and railway and roadside monitoring. The aim of this project will be to examine how well current network protocols operate in these scenarios and to develop and optimise a protocol optimised specifically for them.

Possible projects in Nanotechnology:

  • Diamond based electronic devices for harsh environments
  • Nanodiamond particles for biomedical applications
  • Femtosecond laser induced diamond nanostructures for photonics applications

Possible projects in Applied Physics:

  • Numerical modelling of femtosecond laser-matter interaction

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