To develop room temperature advanced mid-IR sensors for gas sensing and gas imaging purposes to specialist technology development.   You will design and simulate several different mid-IR quantum well (QW) structures based on AlInSb/InSb/AlInSb on GaAs substrate using MBE growth techniques.  The first part of the work is to establish the simulation work and in the second part material will be grown and LED devices will be fabricated and experimental characterisation will be performed. Read more Read less

This area of mid-IR source and detector is of high importance in civilian as well as defence technologies. Compound semiconductor based devices are emerging as the challenger to existing bulky and expensive sensors. These devices will be agile and smart and operate at room temperature.

Design and simulations of multi quantum well structure devices would allow to tune a wide range of wavelength and that would ensure a wind range of applications of these devices. You will focus to key area of material characterisation for its aging and stability for very unique applications.

Cranfield Defence and Security (CDS) provide unique educational opportunities to the Defence and security sectors of both public and private sector organisations.

Based at the UK Defence Academy at Shrivenham in Oxfordshire and at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, CDS is the academic provider to the UK Ministry of Defence for postgraduate education at the Defence Academy, training in engineering, science, acquisition, management and leadership.

As the project develops, we expect intellectual property development leading to patents and high impact publications.

It is expected that all of the results will be published in high impact conferences and peer reviewed journals. This would allow several opportunities to present our work at conferences, workshops and exhibitions. Also there will be some travel would be required to do specialist experiments at other locations in UK.

This PhD program will enable you to develop a new concept to deliver the needs of advanced material characterisation markets and in that way it is very much rooted in developing new technologies with potential for spin out company from academia to business.

At a glance

  • Application deadline30 Aug 2019
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Start dateAs soon as possible
  • Duration of award3 years full-time / 6 years part-time
  • EligibilityEU, UK
  • Reference numberPHDEWIC05

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as engineering, chemistry or physics. The ideal candidate should have some understanding in the area of programming, design, experimental skills and industrial service delivery. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders, with an interest for industrial research.

EU candidates require suitable IELTS (or related qualifications) scores to be eligible for this role.


This is a self-funded PhD opportunity. 

About the sponsor

This higher research degree is associated with Cranfield’s Thematic Doctoral Community which provides a focal point for engagement and academic discussion for all students involved in research at Cranfield University. It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme, provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities with Cranfield’s wider research community.

How to apply

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form. Please quote the following title PhD in a mid-IR LED array technology for advance material characterisation applications and reference number PHDEWIC05. In addition to the application form, please attach a covering or motivational letter as well as a CV.

For further information contact us today:
CDS Admissions office
T: 44 (0) 1793 785220