Job offer in Ireland Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers for Advanced Silicon Photonics Applications at University of Glasgow

Further Information:


Rockley Photonics is an up-and-coming leading manufacturer of silicon photonics chips and system-on-chip solutions for datacom and sensor applications with approximately 110 employees. They undertake very significant R&D and advanced manufacturing activities in the areas of silicon photonics and III-V semiconductor devices at sites across the U.S.A, U.K. and Europe.


Location: After the training phase, the PhD project will be academic-based, primarily at the University of Glasgow.

Supervisors: Principal academic supervision from Professor Tony Kelly at the University of Glasgow. Professor Kelly has worked on Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers since 1993 and has used them in a range of applications including the demonstration of the worlds fastest regenerative logic gate in 1999. The student will also receive co-supervision from Professor Frank Peters IPIC lead Principal Investigator and Professor at the Department of Physics, University College Cork and an Industrial Mentor from Rockley Photonics. There will be additional pastoral support from a Queen’s University Belfast Academic and from the CDT Management Team.

Secondment: The student will undertake a secondment to the Rockley Photonics R&D site in Cork during their PhD. As student of CDT PIADS, there will also have the opportunity to use facilities at the Irish Photonic Integration Centre, Tyndall in Cork and at Queen’s University Belfast when required.

Brief: The main area of research for the PhD project will be semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOA). Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers (SOAs) are versatile components which can be used for amplification, switching and nonlinear signal processing either in discrete or integrated form. They are also used as gain elements in external cavity and Si-Photonics based lasers. The project will involve the development of SOA parameters related to output power, polarization dependence, waveguide integration, all-optical switching and gain clamping.

PhD Programme

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage delivers a 4-year doctoral training programme under the partnership between Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Glasgow and new collaboration partner the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC). CDT PIADS provide opportunities for highly motivated applicants to research novel scientific and engineering developments in highly manufacturable photonic and integration technologies with far-reaching applications related to the storage of digital information, telecommunications, healthcare and beyond.

The studentship covers a four-year programme with two semesters of training in both Belfast and Glasgow before the substantive PhD project begins.


  • Applicants should have, at least a 2:1 (or equivalent) in a cognate physical sciences or engineering discipline, such as physics, materials science, electrical engineering, chemistry or chemical engineering.
  • Applications are welcome from graduates with Bachelor or Master level degrees
  • Applicants must be either a UK national (or have permanent status to reside in the UK) or EU citizens. Unfortunately, International candidates are not eligible to apply for this studentship.
  • Each PhD studentship covers university fees and a maintenance stipend at the current EPSRC rate (£14.5K approx). Additionally, CDT students benefit from funding for travel and mobility (plus one semester of accommodation funding in the training phase) between the institutions as well as to conferences.  Each student also has significant individually tailored research project expenses.


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