If you are unsure of your post graduation plans, please consider this
opportunity from my gravitational wave colleagues at the University of
Glasgow in Scotland. They are looking for an experimentalist to take up
PhD studies in Glasgow, and do research in their lab. Note that in Great
Britain you are likely to complete your PhD in 3.5 years. This is a well
respected group, with a well funded laboratory. Please see the message
from Dr. Iain Martin below.
The Institute for Gravitational Research at Glasgow University is
seeking applications for a PhD studentship starting in 2013, involving
experimental studies of key optical, mechanical and structural
properties of high-quality mirror coatings for future gravitational wave
detectors. The funding, for 3.5 years, covers international student
tuition fees and provides a stipend of £13,950 per year. In addition, up
to £5,000 per year for travel to conferences and to carry out
collaborative work in other labs is available.
We aim to develop state-of-the-art highly reflective mirrors with low
thermal noise and low optical absorption at cryogenic temperatures.
Possible research projects include developing sensitive measurements of
optical absorption and scatter and/or studies of the mechanical
dissipation and thermal noise properties of coating materials at
cryogenic temperatures. A new laboratory for studies of the optical
absorption and scattering properties of mirror materials at a range of
wavelengths is currently being set up, and the institute has excellent
facilities for a range of cryogenic measurements of the performance of
coating materials. There is an active collaboration with colleagues at
Stanford, Caltech, Jena and Tokyo to test and develop mirror coatings
and to identify links between the atomic structure of these materials
and their thermal noise and optical properties. A new collaboration with
the Thin Film Centre at the University of the West of Scotland provides
access to a range of state-of-the-art coating deposition facilities for
fabrication of samples. Please contact Iain Martin (Iain.Martin@glasgow.ac.uk) for further information.