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Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration and Advance Data Storage

CDT PIADS is now accepting applications for PhD and EngD positions commencing September 2020.  

Students will join our vibrant and well-established Centre for Doctoral Training and will be fully registered at both Queen's University Belfast and the University of Glasgow for the entire 4-year training programme.  They will also benefit from our new partnership and collaboration with the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) at Tyndall National Institute in Cork.  PIADS students will have unique access to world-class facilities and academic expertise at the University of Glasgow, Queen's University in Belfast and with IPIC in Cork. 

Our well-established partnerships with Seagate Technology, IQE plc, Compound Technologies Global, Kelvin Nanotechnology and Oxford Instruments Ltd will continue.  This industrial partnership base is further strengthened by the addition of new partners Andor, Yelo, Cirdan Imaging, Causeway Sensors, aXenic, Thales and the Fraunhofer Institute.




(Due to the ongoing situation we have extended our recruitment deadline)

The PIADS 2.0 Programme

Building on our successes to date we have refreshed our 4-year doctoral training programme which now offers both PhD and EngD routes.  Both routes provide an innovative research environment where PIADS doctoral researchers integrate and cooperate with peers, industrial partners and academics across a range of disciplines, embracing new approaches to research, developing their communication skills and the ability to inspire and influence others.

Further detail on the programme can be found using the links to the left of the screen.


What is the Engineering Doctorate?

The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) is a well-established programme in the UK which produces postgraduate engineers – called “Research Engineers” or “REs” – who have the skills relevant to the needs of industry.

The EngD is a four-year programme that combines PhD-level research projects based on real business problems identified by the industrial partners, with a programme of taught courses which complement the research project. The Research Engineer's time is split between the Centre for Doctoral Training and the sponsoring company; the student will typically spend 75% of their time working directly with the sponsors.

Students undertaking an EngD through the Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration and Advanced Data Storage, continue to engage closely with the Centre even when they are based with the sponsor by taking part in cohort events, such as the CDT's Annual Summer Conclave and Winter Schools.



Limited places are available


 (Due to the ongoing situation we have extended our recruitment deadline)



We value inclusivity and are committed to creating and sustaining a positive environment for all applicants, students and staff.  We take a proactive approach in supporting a diverse set of students from a range of different academic disciplines and backgrounds and have a good track record in supporting our doctoral researchers from a range of ethnic backgrounds, of different nationalities and those with health issues and family responsibilities.

In renewal, PIADS staff, students and partners will embrace a prioritised Diversity agenda and work closely with colleagues across the departments, universities and our industry partner base to further champion diversity in science and engineering research.

We welcome applications and enquiries from all applicants who can fulfil the prerequisites for admission to the CDT PIADS programme and we are happy to connect with potential applicants on a one-to-one basis about any queries they may have about their suitability for the programme.  Candidates can make contact, in confidence, to

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