Industry collaborative funded PhDs in Applied Photonics

CDT Photonics | Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics
Meeting industry’s need for highly skilled engineers in the photonics-electronics interface

The CDT in Applied Photonics works with companies developing photonics-enabled products and services, from consumer technology and mobile computing devices to healthcare and security. Each of their collaborations is built around an EngD or PhD student, providing them with masters-level technical and business qualifications, along with an industrially-connected doctoral research project.

What is an EngD?
The EngD is an alternative to a traditional PhD aimed at students wanting a career in industry.

Students spend about 75% of their time working directly with a company in addition to receiving advanced-level training from a broad portfolio of technical and business courses. On completion students are awarded the PhD-equivalent Engineering Doctorate.
The Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics has a number of FULLY FUNDED VACANCIES for Engineering Doctorate (EngD) and PhD positions in Applied Photonics. An EngD combines PhD level research, technical courses & research based in industry. EngD stipend in the region of £21,000 are available for UK students and EU students who are resident in the UK. PhD stipends are in the region of £15,000.

Visit www.cdtphotonics.hw.ac.uk for further information about the CDT in Applied Photonics,  twitter feed @CDTAP or contact EngD@hw.ac.uk

Love Theoretical Physics?

One of graduates, Tomáš Gonda,  shares his personal experience  of this interesting and alternative Masters programme.  If you want to apply, closing date is coming up fast. Deadline date of February 1, 2017

Perimeter Scholars International (PSI) is a fairly new Masters programme offered by the Perimeter Institute (PI), one of the leading research centres in theoretical physics. It was created with an idea to offer an alternative to other similar programmes by avoiding grade-chasing aspect of these. This would enable students to focus on learning whatever they are most interested in without being forced to compete with the rest of the class.

Despite the fact that there are no official grades, there is an interview after each of the six core courses. It takes form of an informal discussion on the subject which can take many directions. A certain standard is required to pass each of these courses, but it is very rare that someone would fail the programme because of this.

The courses are often being taught by guest lecturers from other institutions apart from PI faculty members. This can be a bit of a hit and miss. Most of them are very good, but from time to time a lecturer who is not familiar with the context and style of courses can have issues adapting. Courses follow slightly different structure, being only 3 weeks long with a lecture every day, which might be one of the reasons for that.

One of the most important aspects of PSI is that it gives students a unique opportunity to interact with world-class researchers and this is very much encouraged. Thanks to the generally very open atmosphere at PI and the fact that the class is quite small, it is easy to get in touch with any of the faculty members or numerous interesting visitors throughout the year. The research aspect of PSI is also reflected in a sort of thesis carried out together with anyone from PI, Institute for Quantum Computing or University of Waterloo.

And last but not least, everything that one needs during the year is provided (meals, accommodation, laptop, etc.)

New student loans for taught postgraduate courses

The Scottish government has now introduced the new student loans for taught postgraduate courses up to Masters level, available from 2017-18 academic year. The maximum loan is £10,000, with up to £5,500 for tuition fees and £4500 for living costs, and there’s no limit on the funded places.

They are for UK students who meet the residency requirement (must have been resident in Scotland for 3 years, not including for periods of study). EU students will be able to apply for tuition fee loans from 2018 academic year. Applications open in April.

There’s more information now on the SAAS website

Interested in Sustainable Energy including Nuclear?

kicAre you interested in the future of Sustainable Energy? If your answer is yes, find out the possibilities of KIC InnoEnergy Master School. International Master Programs offering unique mobility options, a combination of engineering and innovation, and funding through scholarships /tuition waivers to the majority of their students.

When: 18th October, 1 – 2pm
Where: David Hume Tower LG.06

EIT InnoEnergy believe in a network of students, researchers and professionals from different nations combining their knowledge to create and innovate sustainable solutions for the future.

KIC InnoEnergy Master School is a European based institution offering 7 different Master programs within the field of sustainable energy. Programs are supported by a consortium of 11 technical universities, 2 top business schools, 6 research institutes and 7 leading industry partners around Europe. This enables pan-European collaborations between students, institutions and industry. They believe that engineering should be combined with innovation and commercial awareness. Students therefore attend two of Europe’s top Business Schools studying management and entrepreneurship courses.

Master programs include those in:  Renewable energy, Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems, Smart Electrical systems and networks, Nuclear Energy, Energy for Smart Cities, Energy Technologies

Partner Universities are located in

Sweden – KTH Royal Institute of Technology & UU Uppsala University
Germany – KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
France – ENSTA Paris Tech & Grenoble INP
Spain – UPC Polytechnic University of Barcelona
Portugal – IST Technical Institute of Lisbon
Poland – AGH University of Science and Technology & Silesian University of Technology
Netherlands – Technical University of Eindhoven
Belgium – University of Leuven 

To register for this event, please click on this booking link.

Details of this event can also be found on MyCareerHub.

Optima PhD Doctoral Training

I heard a great presentation recently from Dr. Kev Dhaliwal, founder of Edinburgh Molecular Imaging.  In addition to his roles as clinician and technology developer, he is also a key figure in OPTIMA which provides Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging.  OPTIMA has two key elements:

  • Projects at the interface of medical and physical science
  • Bespoke training in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship

OPTIMA students can choose from a range of exciting and innovative projects that breakdown the barriers between physics, chemistry, medicine and engineering.

They are now recruiting for the OPTIMA 2016 Cohort – closing date 1st April 2016.

More information at : http://www.optima-cdt.ac.uk/

Should I do a PhD?

A great post from my colleagues at Warwick for those of you considering a PhD – with different perspectives from two physicists. If you’re not sure about your reasons for doing a PhD, book an appointment with me to discuss it – it’s confidential, impartial and just might make that decision easier.

The Careers Blog

Have you ever wanted to answer the emergency call for a doctor on a plane? “I can’t resuscitate him captain, but I can increase his understanding of the application of nanotechnology to enhance hydraulic fracturing in unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs.” Aside from the allure of adding ‘Dr’ to your name, what impact could a PhD have on your career? What should you be aware of when considering an application for a PhD?

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Think about doing a Masters? Information events coming up

Postgrad Launchpad is offering two events on 14th and 21st October looking at:

  • Why do a masters?
  • The range of degrees available in the UK and further afield
  • What information do you need to consider?
  • Employability – and how a masters might help
  • Funding – what’s out there, and how to go about looking for it

After the talks there will be plenty of time for questions with all of the staff. Current postgraduate students will be also on hand to answer your questions. You’re welcome to bring your lunch – we’ll provide tea and coffee

More details and booking via Postgrad Launchpad

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