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.

Available places for October 2020 start

We are currently actively recruiting students for several projects. Please check out below details of these projects and apply online as advised further at the bottom of the page.

  1. Dr Jarvist Moore Frost is actively recruiting in the area of applying computational physics methods (particularly electronic structure theory) to the simulation and design of optoelectronic materials, with a particular focus on new semiconductors for renewable energy applications (such as photovoltaics, and batteries). There is potential to combine the theory/computational aspects of the project with hands-on experimental characterisation in the EXSS group. Certainly, there will be considerable collaboration with experimental groups both at Imperial and world-wide. Major themes of current research are machine learning minimal parameter quantum-mechanical models for ground-state and excited-state quantum mechanics, and the development of thermodynamic quantum-mechanical models for devices based on the path-integral formalism of quantum-mechanics. The overarching intent is to design materials for renewable energy applications, with a major focus on photovoltaic (solar cell) materials.

   2. QuantIC Call for PhD projects with Prof Chris Phillips: Superlattice detectors for MWIR single photon detection (PDF)

   3. Funded PhD project with Prof Ji-Seon Kim:

  • Project title: Flexible organic and hybrid solar cells utilising new photoactive materials
  • Project supervisors: Professor Ji-Seon Kim (Imperial) & Dr Diego Bagnis (CSEM Brasil)
  • The project has a strategic importance for Sustainable Society developing Materials for Renewable Energy, sponsored by EPSRC and Industry. The project aims to develop high efficiency and high stability flexible solar cell devices using newly developed photoactive materials. Such development will be based on fundamental understanding of the main loss mechanisms of solar cell materials and devices, with a particular focus on photophysical processes involved in the generation, trapping, and recombination of photogenerated charge carriers. We will investigate how these processes are influenced by different organic/organic and organic/inorganic interfaces formed in bulk and planar heterojunction solar cell devices. Click here for more information

4. Funded PhD project - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher‌ (PDF) with Dr Riccardo Sapienza:

  • Applications are invited for an early stage researchers (ESR) to join the joint research team of the Experimental Solid State Group in the Department of Physics, Imperial College London and the Materials Integration and Nanoscale Devices group at IBM Research Zurich (IBM) in the framework of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Industrial Doctorate Network on ‘Controlling random lasing’. This is a funded Industrial PhD position within the Initial Training Networks (ITN) CORAL, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.

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.