PhD Scholarship in Integrated Photonics for Telecommunication, Biosensing and Precision Measurements

Create the next generation of integrated photonic circuits with unprecedented efficiency, innovative monitoring and control techniques.

Integrated photonic circuits are transitioning from speculative research to a mature industrially scalable platform, transforming our daily lives by providing a solution to the ever-increasing demand for internet traffic and replace bulky and energy inefficient components in applications such as biosensing, communication and precision measurements.

The Integrated Photonics and Applications Centre (InPAC) at RMIT University aims to create the next generation of integrated photonic circuits with unprecedented efficiency and innovative monitoring and control techniques.

We are offering several PhD projects in the area of biosensing, communication and precision measurements. Detailed PhD project descriptions that can be found on our webpage (InPAC). To pursue these projects, we are looking for highly motivated and passionate PhD students to become part of our team. You will work with centre members from diverse research backgrounds in the disciplines of engineering, physics, chemistry and biology and have the opportunity to participate in our strong international collaborations to the US and Europe. During the PhD project you will also have the opportunity to access world class facilities, such as the InPAC Photonic Systems Lab, the world-leading Micro Nano Research Facility (MNRF) and the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication.

$31,000 AUD per year.

Several for the different projects.

Applicants must have a Bachelor/Masters degree (or equivalent) in electrical/electronic engineering, nano/microfabrication, physics (optical) or a field related to the desired skills listed below, with a high level of academic achievement. Previous research experience/track record is advantageous but not essential. Some key research skills for our group are listed below. Over the course of their candidature, a successful applicant will be trained is some of these different skills:

  • Micro/nanofabrication
  • Simulation/design of optical components
  • Integrated photonic circuits
  • Programming skills in Python, C/C++
  • Theory of electromagnetic propagation
  • Interfacing to array microfluidics
  • Image analysis of biosensor response
  • Sensor surface biofunctionalisation
  • Optical communications
  • High-speed signal analysis
  • Modelling of optical propagation in waveguides and fibres
  • Digital signal processing
  • Design and analysis of photonic systems.

Interested applicants should contact us via the InPAC webpage. Following confirmation of eligibility and suitable, applicants will need to apply directly to RMIT through the standard HDR application process. 

Applications are open now.

This scholarship will be governed by RMIT University's Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

Contact us via the InPAC webpage or reach out to Professor Arnan Mitchell.

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