PhD openings: "Optics and Photonics Champions"

University of Birmingham

PhD 3 years Birmingham, UK

Uploaded 14 Jul 2021

Job Description

Job description:

This is an exciting opportunity to become a public communication expert and role model for STEM careers. You will be part of a cohort of PhD students studying optics and photonics with data sciences for applications in quantum technologies and space. You will be additionally trained and mentored in public engagement, presentations and media with practical implementation on science fairs, conferences and in videos.

Start: September 2021

The post holder will be working at the University of Birmingham, based within the UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing.

University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham is proud to have been a part of the City of Birmingham and the wider region for over 100 years, and we are equally proud to be recognised as a leading global university. We want to attract talented people from across the city and beyond, support them to succeed, and celebrate their success.

We are committed to helping the people who work here to develop through our sector-leading Birmingham Professional programme which provides all professional services staff with development opportunities and the encouragement to reach their full potential. With almost 5,000 professional services jobs in a wide-range of functions in Edgbaston and in our campus in Dubai, there are plenty of opportunities for you to be able to develop your career at the University.

We believe there is no such thing as a typical member of staff and that diversity is a source of strength that underpins the exchange of ideas, innovation, and debate. We warmly welcome people from all backgrounds and are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where diversity is at the heart of who and what we are, and how we work.

Supporting our people to achieve a healthy work/life balance is important both to our employees and to the success of the University and, depending on the role, we offer a variety of flexible working arrangements. We therefore welcome discussions on all forms of flexible working. In addition, you will receive a generous package of benefits including 40 days paid holiday a year, one paid day a year for volunteering, occupational sick pay, and a pension scheme. We also have three high quality subsidised day nurseries.

The University is situated in leafy Edgbaston and there are excellent transport links to our beautiful campus, including main bus routes and a train station on site. On campus we have a state-of-the-art sports centre with pool, shops, places to eat and drink, our own art gallery, museum and botanical gardens.

UK Quantum Technology Hub Sensors and Timing
The UK Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Timing is a collaborative endeavour between over 10 academic, research organisations and more than 200 industry partners. Our mission is to translate state-of-the-art quantum sensing research into practical devices along a pathway to economic and societal benefit. We are using our past and current collaborative grant portfolio of £150M to drive quantum sensors towards an application roadmap with £4bn/year market potential and an anticipated impact on over 10% of the world economy.

Person Specification

Person specification
You will meet the University of Birmingham entrance criteria for PhD study (
While you will be registered in Physics and Astronomy, we will consider applicants with a background in computer sciences, engineering or other scientific disciplines. Within the wider scope of optics and photonics, we will be open to discuss the best project fitting your skills and interest. If you are a practical hands-on experimentalist with a large satisfaction in delivery of practical results and an interest in science communications, please talk to us.

Prof. Kai Bongs
[email protected]