PhD Scholarship Integrated Photonics for Telecommunication, Biosensing and precision Measurements

RMIT University

Australia: Melbourne - CBD
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About the School of Engineering at RMIT University

RMIT’s School of Engineering is renowned for world-class research outcomes, excellent research facilities and robust partnerships with local and international industry leaders. Research is conducted in 7 disciplines: Aerospace Engineering and Aviation; Chemical and Environmental Engineering; Civil and Infrastructure Engineering; Electrical and Biomedical Engineering; Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering; Manufacturing, Materials and Mechatronics Engineering; Mechanical and Automotive Engineering. 

The opportunity

Integrated photonic circuits are transitioning from speculative research to a mature industrially scalable platform, transforming our daily lives by providing a solution to the ever-increasing demand for internet traffic and replace bulky and energy inefficient components in applications such as biosensing, communication and precision measurements. The Integrated Photonics and Applications Centre (InPAC - at RMIT University aims to create the next generation of integrated photonic circuits with unprecedented efficiency and innovative monitoring and control techniques.


We are offering several PhD projects in the area of biosensing, communication and precision measurements. Detailed PhD project descriptions that can be found on our webpage (InPAC - To pursue these projects, we are looking for highly motivated and passionate PhD students to become part of our team. You will work with centre members from diverse research backgrounds in the disciplines of engineering, physics, chemistry and biology and have the opportunity to participate in our strong international collaborations to the US and Europe. During the PhD project you will also have the opportunity to access world class facilities, such as the InPAC Photonic Systems Lab (, the world leading Micro Nano Research Facility ( ) and the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication (


The successful applicants will learn important research skills in the field of integrated photonics and also other soft skills such as engaging with both industrial and academic end-users, writing of reports, giving presentations and promoting their work and working towards project milestones. The knowledge and key skills that you will gain during your PhD studies will set you up for an inspiring career and would be particularly suitable if you have ambition to join the emerging and rapidly growing Integrated Photonics segment within the broader global high tech industry.

Essential skills and aptitudes

RMIT eligibility criteria are available here.

Applicants must have a Bachelor/Masters degree (or equivalent) in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Nano/Micro fabrication, Physics (optical) or a field related to the desired skills listed below, with a high level of academic achievement. Previous research experience/track record is advantageous but not essential. Some key research skills for our group are listed below. Over the course of their candidature, a successful applicant be trained is some of these different skills:

  • Micro/Nanofabrication
  • Simulation/design of optical components
  • Integrated Photonic Circuits
  • Programming skills in Python, C/C++
  • Theory of electromagnetic propagation
  • Interfacing to array microfluidics
  • Image analysis of biosensor response
  • Sensor surface biofunctionalization
  • Optical communications
  • High-speed signal analysis
  • Modelling of optical propagation in waveguides and fibres
  • Digital signal processing
  • Design and analysis of photonic systems


What we offer

Higher degree by research candidates in the School of Engineering at RMIT University receive a laptop for their sole use while they are enrolled, access to well-appointed research rooms and world-class laboratories, generous funding for research consumables and travel during their candidature and access to research seminars and professional development opportunities.


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Application process

Do not use the ’Apply now’ button. Interested applicants should contact us via the InPAC webpage ( Following confirmation of eligibility and suitable, applicants will need to apply directly to RMIT through the standard HDR application process.

The closing date for applications for this scholarship is 17/07/2020



Dist. Prof. Arnan Mitchell ( or contact us via the InPAC webpage (




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