Ph D Scholarship Rainbows On Demand

at RMIT University

About the School of Engineering at RMIT University

RMITs 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

The information revolution - is the most profound transformation of our culture and industry since the industrial revolution, fundamentally changing the way in which we deal with information and operate as human beings. This revolution is driven by technological advances in how data signals are transmitted, manipulated and received. In this project, we aim to create photonic circuit technologies that will generate hundreds of coherent laser lines from a single semiconductor chip. This will be achieved by creating resonant modulators and nonlinear waveguides with unprecedented efficiency and innovative monitoring and control techniques. These photonic chip comb sources will be inexpensive, compact and energy efficient with transformative impact in spectroscopy, microscopy, precision measurement, quantum computing and ultra-fast optical fibre communications. We are looking for one highly motivated and passionate PhD student to become part of our team working with designers and ultrafast network system integrators, but particularly focussing on fabrication and realising experimental prototypes of our innovative photonic chip platforms. The project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council Discovery Project and takes places in the Integrated Photonics and Applications Centre (InPAC - at RMIT University. The projects will harness 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, but 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 within timeframes. 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. The candidate should possess some of these desired skills related to the PhD Research topic areas listed here:

  • Experimental technique and critical analysis
  • Micro/Nanofabrication
  • Simulation/design of optical components
  • Integrated Photonic Circuits
  • Programming skills in Python, C/C++
  • Theory of electromagnetic propagation
  • Mathematical analysis skills (statistical and probabilistic analysis)
  • Microsoft office

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 suitability, applicants will need to apply directly to RMIT through the standard HDR application process.

The closing date for applications for this scholarship is 30/11/2019


Dist. Prof. Arnan Mitchell ( or contact us via the InPAC webpage ( PLEASE DO NOT CLICK ON APPLY NOW, ONLY PROVIDE YOUR NAME AND CONTACT DETAILS

Melbourne Victoria Australia

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