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Integrating Spontaneous and Coherent Raman Scattering to Advance Analytical Capability Ref: 5032

About the award


Professor Julian Moger, University of Exeter

Dr Ben Gardner, University of Exeter


Physics and Astronomy, Streatham Campus, Exeter

The University of Exeter’s Department of Physics and Astronomy is inviting applications for an EPSRC iCASE PhD studentship fully-funded by the EPSRC and Renishaw plc to commence in September 2024. The studentship will cover Home or International tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £21,327 for 4-years full-time.

Project Description:

The project aims to develop a novel technology that merges the complementary capabilities of Raman and coherent Raman scattering microscopy. Raman and coherent Raman scattering (CRS) are both advanced optical analytical techniques used for a wide range of materials and healthcare technologies research. Raman provides detailed molecular information based on the spectral signature of photons inelastically scattered by molecular vibrations. In contrast, CRS microscopy uses ultrafast laser pulses to drive nonlinear light-matter interactions to enhance the signal from a specific vibrational frequency to provide real-time label-free image contrast based on the intensity of a single Raman band.


By harnessing the complementary features of these methods, we intend to create a single, versatile platform that gives comprehensive chemical and structural information from microscopic regions of interest guided by high-resolution, label-free, images of the sample. The instrument's versatility will make it an invaluable tool for a wide array of applications, including pharmaceutical development, environmental monitoring, and materials characterization. It will enable scientists to gain deeper insights into complex materials and biomedical processes, facilitating for example the development of novel therapeutics.

We are looking for a candidate with an enthusiasm for research, ability to work independently, and a passion for multidisciplinary collaboration. Prior research experience (such as a MPhys/MSc project or equivalent) in optics, and coding skills are desirable but not essential.


International applicants need to be aware that you will have to cover the cost of your student visa, healthcare surcharge and other costs of moving to the UK to do a PhD.

Entry requirements

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in Physics, or an appropriate area of science or technology. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the required level as per our guidance at

How to apply

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents. 

• CV outlining your academic achievements and relevant experience
• Letter of application (max 500 words) outlining what attracts you to this particular project, how it aligns with your career aspirations, and what you feel you would bring it.
• Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
• Two references from referees familiar with your academic work. If your referees prefer, they can email the reference direct to quoting the studentship reference number

• If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English.

The closing date for applications is midnight on May 31st 2024.  Interviews will be held on the University of Exeter Streatham Campus in June/July 2024.
If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email or phone 0300 555 60 60 (UK callers) +44 (0) 1392 723044 (EU/International callers)  Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor (


Application deadline:31st May 2024
Value:The studentship will cover Home or International tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £21,327 for 4-years full-time
Duration of award:per year
Contact: PGR Admissions