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Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology (OIPT)

Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology EngD Studentship

X1 Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology Sponsored EngD project

The successful applicant will benefit from direct supervision at  Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology (OIPT), working on their research alongside OIPT employees. 

During the application process, use the title "EPSRC CDT PIADS OIPT EngD"

Doctoral degree

Student base
 OIPT site Yatton, Bristol (after the CDT training phase).  The student will continue to be involved in cohort activities and occasional travel back to Glasgow/Belfast and via Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) partner the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (Cork-Dublin), for ongoing training and annual conference/winter schools.  

Supervisory Team
Industrial Supervisor, Primary Academic and Secondary Academic (opposite institution)

Plasma Technology, a subsidiary of Oxford Instruments Plc, provides etch and deposition process solutions for nanometre-sized features, nanolayers and the controlled growth of nanostructures. These solutions are based on core technologies in plasma, ion beam and atomic layer deposition and etch. End market applications include power devices for electric vehicles and semiconductor lasers for both optical networks and remote sensing.

Products range from clustered cassette-to-cassette platforms for high-throughput production processing to compact stand-alone systems for R&D. Many of OIPT's instruments are used within the James Watt Nanofabrication Facility at the University of Glasgow, of which (all CDT PIADS students will have access to (i.e. Oxford Instruments FlexAL Atomic Layer Deposition, Oxford Instruments System 100 ICP 380 PECVD, Oxford Instruments PECVD 80+)).

Plasma Technology is actively involved in PhD sponsorship to support their R&D activities with long-standing relationships with many UK, EU, US and Chinese universities.

Many of their graduates are now part of our 300+ family, with positions in engineering, R&D, Sales, Product Management, and management & leadership staff, both in the UK and abroad.

Industrial PhD projects with Plasma Technology will focus on the challenges associated with identifying next-generation materials systems for compound semiconductor lasers and their fabrication, particularly in the area of atomic-scale fabrication and measurement.

Successful candidates will be able to choose the research direction from a portfolio of projects in the areas of:

Advanced fabrication solutions for next-generation compound semiconductor lasers

Alternative materials systems for next-generation compound semiconductor lasers

Application of atomic-scale fabrication and analysis techniques