We are recruiting M.Phil/Ph.D. students in the following research areas:

  • Photovoltaics
  • Energy Efficient Materials
  • Plasmonics and Metamaterials
  • Plastic Electronics
  • Imaging and Spectroscopy
  • Nanotechnology
  • Magnetic Materials
  • Optoelectronics
  • Materials Growth and Processing

Open Days

Open Day for the group has now taken place for October 2020 recruitment. If you are interested to apply to the group, general enquires should go through Dr Rupert Oulton.

Find out more information about Departmental open days.

Contact us

Please contact Dr Rupert Oulton if you have further research questions.

How to apply

To apply to the Experimental Solid State Physics group you must complete an online application form. Enter "Experimental Solid State Physics" in the Research Group field to ensure that your application reaches us.

Please familiarise yourself with the current PhD project descriptions for October 2020 entry (PDF)‌ before submitting an application. Unless you have a very specific idea about a project and supervisor in advance, we encourage you to be as general as possible under the “proposed research topic” heading in your application. Please list supervisors who you would be interested in meeting. This will give you as much opportunity as possible to learn about the range of projects on offer. For your research proposal we also welcome personal statements.

Successful applicants will be contacted by an EXSS representative for an interview.


Interviews generally take place on Wednesday afternoons either in person or if you live abroad, by phone/skype. You may also need to apply for a scholarship to cover fees and your living expenses. Further information on scholarships is posted on the Postgraduate Scholarships page and you are encouraged to discuss your scholarship application as soon as possible with the EXSS member whose project you are interested in working on.