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

Specific projects to start in October 2020 will be added soon.

Open Days

You are encouraged to visit the EXSS Group at a Departmental Open Day on 4 December 2019 between 14:00 - 17:00pm.

Please note the date - EXSS Group Open Day is 15 January 2020 at 12:00 - 15:00pm. 

Find out more information about Departmental open days.

Contact us

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

How to apply

Familiarise yourself with the current PhD project descriptions for October 2020 entry (PDF) and note a specific project/supervisor when submitting an application online.

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. If there is a particular research area you are interested in, you can nominate the topic and supervisor, but your application will be considered by the research group as a whole. 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.