EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials – 9 studentships in Engineering and Physics

Exeter, Devon
(£14,553-£16,553 p.a.)
03 Jul 2017
31 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials – 9 studentships in Engineering and Physics

(£14,553-£16,553 p.a.)

These studentships are part of the UK’s Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2) based in the Departments of Physics and Engineering (across Electronic Engineering, Optical Engineering, Photonic Engineering, Materials Engineering) in Exeter.  Its aim is to undertake world-leading research, while training scientists and engineers with the relevant research skills and knowledge, and professional attributes for industry and academia.  

Metamaterials are fabricated microstructures having properties beyond those found in nature. They are emerging as an important new class of materials with applications in many technology areas, from energy harvesting, through perfect imaging, to the much-hyped ‘cloaking’. Having recruited over 50 new PhD researchers in its first three years, the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (XM2) hosted by the University of Exeter (www.exeter.ac.uk/metamaterials) will admit its fourth cohort of 14-18 PhD students in September 2017.

Exeter has a well-established and strong track record of relevant research, spanning a unique mix of interests. We will run projects in the following fields (see our list of themes for full details).

  • Optical, Infra-red and THz Photonics and Plasmonics
  • Microwave Metamaterials
  • Magnonics, Spintronics and Magnetic Metamaterials
  • Acoustic and Fluid-dynamical Metamaterials
  • Wave Theory and Spatial Transformations
  • Graphene and other 2D Materials, and related Devices
  • Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites
  • Biological and Bio-inspired Metamaterials
  • Quantum Metamaterials

The first year of the studentship includes an assessed, stand-alone project, and a substantial programme of training. Students will choose from a wide range of taught modules, and participate in academic and personal development skills-based workshops, together with creativity events and conference-style meetings. The cohort will also be expected to disseminate their results to the international community via high-impact publications and international conferences. They will spend time working with our academic and industrial partners.  Full details of the programme are available here, or email us for a copy of our prospectus.

The University of Exeter is a top 10 UK university, in the top 1% of universities globally, and a member of the elite Russell Group of institutions. The University has committed itself to a substantial expansion in its science base and within Physics and Engineering, over £10m has been spent on infrastructure since 2008 and around 30 new academic staff have been appointed across the Centre's themes.

Projects 2017
Projects based in the engineering research teams are listed below. Details on individual projects and a list of all available studentships are available on our website: 2017 projects

Broadband acoustic energy harvesting using acoustic metamaterials

Mid-infrared phase-change metadevices

Plasmonic-enhanced organic photovoltaics on textiles

Single photon frequency conversion with non-linear metamaterials

Solid State Refrigeration using 2D/Meta materials

Terahertz detectors using novel metamaterials approaches


Application deadline: 30th June 2017

Number of awards: 9 remaining studentships.

Eligibility: UK/EU students only. 2:1 or first class degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline.

Value: 4-year studentship: £14,553-£16,553 p.a. depending on the project.

The studentship includes tuition fees and an annual stipend equivalent to current Research Council rates. Some projects have £2k additional funding.

Duration of award: 4 years from September 2017

Contact: Prof. Alastair Hibbins (Admissions Tutor)    metamaterials@exeter.ac.uk

How to apply: www.exeter.ac.uk/metamaterials/apply/instructions