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Due to the inter-disciplinary nature of our research, students with physics, engineering or mathematics backgrounds are equally welcome. Projects usually involve experimental research in optics, underpinned by a strong theoretical understanding. Some experience with optics and hardware-software interfacing (e.g. LabView, MatLab) is desirable although not essential.


PhD and EngD projects with EPSRC support are restricted to UK or EU nationals only (in accordance with Research Council eligibility criteria) who have or expect to obtain a first or 2(1) class degree in physics, engineering, or a relevant subject. Overseas students already supported by other means (e.g. a sponsor such as your government or institute) and with an equivalent qualification may also apply.


To apply, e-mail a detailed CV and the names and addresses of two academic referees to Prof. Andrew Moore at a.moore –at– hw.ac.uk.





PhD: Photonic instrumentation for vibration measurement


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Applications are invited for a fully-funded EPSRC PhD studentship starting in September 2013. The studentship is open to UK and EU nationals only, in accordance with Research Council eligibility criteria (www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/students/pages/eligibility.aspx). The studentship will cover tuition fees and a tax-free maintenance grant of £14,600 p/a for 3.5 years (subject to satisfactory performance).


The project will investigate novel photonic techniques for vibration measurement. Our research group has pioneered multi-point optical instruments that enable vibration amplitude and phase to be measured at many points simultaneously. The measurements are used to determine mobility matrices for experimental modal analysis and for sub-structure synthesis.


However, current experimental techniques do not enable all the components of the mobility matrix to be measured. This project will therefore investigate novel photonic approaches that will recover these unmeasured components, including (but not limited to) optical phase singularities and vortices. This is a hugely promising area of research, with potential application to many scientific, biological and engineering systems.


The project will involve experimental research in photonics and vibration measurement, underpinned by a strong theoretical understanding. It is suitable for well-qualified students who have (or expect to obtain) a first class degree in physics, mechanical engineering or a relevant subject. Some experience with optics or vibration measurement, and hardware-software interfacing (LabView/MatLab), is desirable although not essential. Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Andrew Moore.


To apply please email your detailed CV and the names and addresses of two academic referees to a.moore –at– hw.ac.uk





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