Postgraduate Research Projects

Available PhD Projects

Lead supervisor

Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) Academics

Funding status

Directly Funded Project (European / UK students only)

We are seeking to immediately find 10 exceptional students to work on high-impact projects with our industrial partners. The studentships will be hosted at the University of Surrey in Guildford and students will have close interactions with the sponsoring industrial partner.

Available PhD Studentships

Nanofabrication with focused ion beams

Using the extensive focused ion beam facilities in the ATI including our new Xe plasma FIB to make and modify bespoke devices across a large range of activities including optics, metrology and quantum technologies.

Femtosecond dynamics of excitons in nanostructures, physics and applications

The decay of laser-excited states in nanotubes, single-atom layers and organic semiconductors will be studied to understand excitons, their many-body physics and applications from solar cells to single photon sources.

Silicon Quantum Technology

You will use the ultimate in nanotechnology to pattern individual impurity atoms in silicon to make designer device structures, and then make measurements of them with single electrons and single photons.

Printed Nanoelectronics

Paper, plastic and printed electronics for roll-up displays and IoT devices require bespoke design and implementation for reliable, low-power operation, and cost-effective manufacturing. These parameters will be explored through modelling, simulation and fabrication of nanoelectronic devices and circuits using the ATI facilities and in collaboration with worldwide academic and industrial partners.

High speed devices based on graphene layers

In this project we will develop CVD grown graphene, sandwiched between 2D layered dielectrics, in order to produce large area ultra-high speed devices. Novel concepts such as source gated transistors invented at Surrey will be coupled to our large area CVD grown graphene films to produce active devices suitable for both analog and mixed RF circuits.

In addition a further 5 positions will be offered in conjunction with our industrial partners.  These studentships will enable you to work closely with one of our close industrial partners.

Applicants are expected to have a first-class or 2:1 degree or equivalent in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or Physics or an equivalent degree; a solid background in Microwave Engineering is an additional advantage for a number of these studentships. Studentships will be provided in discussion with the sponsoring industrial partner.

Please email your CV and covering letter to: Dr. Peter H. Aaen, (, including transcripts of marks for your undergraduate and/or MSc with your application.

Informal enquiries may also be directed to Dr Peter H. Aaen (

Ion Beam Centre

Nanoelectronics Centre

Photonics and Quantum Sciences Group

Theory and Computation Group

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