PhD in Novel Nanophotonic Phenomena

Project Description

Nanophotonics is a thriving field of science which studies the interaction between light and matter structured at the nanoscale, with myriads of applications in information technologies, imaging, security, sensing and healthcare.

The equations of electromagnetism, governing the behaviour of light and all other electromagnetic fields, exhibit truly intriguing properties when the size of material structures are comparable to or even smaller than the wavelength of light. These include novel effects and properties that are being uncovered only in very recent years, such as the spin-momentum locking of evanescent waves, the quantum spin Hall effect of light, and the complex underlying structure of the electric and magnetic fields at subwavelength scales enabling fascinating interference phenomena. On top of uncovering these novel properties, our group’s philosophy is to find new applications based on them. In the past we have worked on advances in nanoscale light polarimeters, optical nanorouters, mechanisms for novel optical forces, nanoscale optical antennas with tuneable polarization, discovery of novel sources of light such as the Janus dipole, ultra-sensitive position sensors, and even proposing new exotic Casimir force effects.

During this PhD you will join the research group of Dr. Rodríguez-Fortuño in their search for these novel effects and development of their applications. The techniques used during this PhD will be adapted to the strengths of the PhD candidate: these could range all the way from participating on the experimental proofs of principle of the novel effects that we will uncover, to the very first theoretical “pen and paper” work dealing with the fundamental electromagnetic equations and techniques that are needed for the creation of new ideas. We make extensive use of electromagnetic simulation and modelling.

The research group is young and currently composed of two PhD students and a postdoc, supervised directly by Dr Rodríguez-Fortuño. This enables a very personalized one-to-one hands-on supervision. At the same time, our group is embedded into the well-established and much larger Photonics and Nanotechnology Group at King’s College London, led by Prof. Anatoly Zayats and composed of another eight academic staff and their teams, with ample experience in all aspects of nanophotonics, with which you will establish extensive collaboration.

As a supervisor, Dr Rodríguez-Fortuño trains his PhD students to become full-fledged scientists, not only aiming at having excellent research papers, but also capable of delivering inspiring presentations on their work, creating the best possible animations and figures, and developing their writing skills, all essential in both academic and industrial environments.

Funding Information

The PhD position is available for 3.5 years and covers tuition fees at the level set for UK/EU students, c. £5,300 p.a., and a tax-free stipend of approximately £17,000 p.a. with possible inflationary increases after the first year.

Eligibility Requirements

All candidates are welcome to apply. We strongly encourage both women and men to apply as we promote equality and diversity and a balanced environment. The Physics department is JUNO champion since 2018. Successful candidates must demonstrate a very high creativity and a passion for science.

Application Process

To be considered for the position candidates must apply via King’s Apply online application system. Details are available at

Please indicate your desired supervisor and quote research group Photonics & Nanotechnology in your application and all correspondence.

The selection process will involve a pre-selection on documents, if selected this will be followed by an invitation to an interview. If successful at the interview, an offer will be provided in due time.

Supplementary Information

King’s College London is ranked in the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World Rankings 2020) and based in the heart of London. Our location offers easy access to major research libraries and leading scientific societies such as the Royal Society and the Institute of Physics.


Our group continuously generates novel ideas. You can have a look at our updated list of latest publications here.

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