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PhD Scholarship opportunities are available!

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If you would like to work toward your PhD with us (or your undergraduate research degree) please get in touch with one or more of our team members directly or fill in the expression of interest.

Information on the TMOS PhD EoI Process: 

TMOS PhD EoI process will be running all year round. The applicants will have the access to the online EoI form at all times.

Each year there will be four rounds* of application assessment periods during Feb., May, Aug., and Oct. During each period, the EoIs submitted in-between the two assessment periods will be assessed by the TMOS PhD Recruitment Committee.  

During the assessment period (~ 1 month), the applicants’ EoIs and related documents will be reviewed and shortlisted by the Committee. The shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview by the TMOS PhD Recruitment Committee together with other TMOS CIs that may be potential supervisors for the applicants.  

Based on the interview and subsequent discussions considering the applicant’s background/skills, and CIs’ opinions, the successful applicants will be invited for formal PhD application at one or more TMOS institutes.  The final decision will depend on each institute’s admission outcome and the applicant’s choice.  

*Please note that in Australia different universities have different assessment rules and procedures. The chances of success may also vary depending on when the application is lodged. As an example, international students are strongly encouraged to submit EoIs in April or July to go through the assessment period for PhD applications at The University of Melbourne.  

What areas of research is TMOS working on?

There are exciting research opportunities in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS). TMOS aims to develop the next generation of smart and miniaturised optical systems with functionalities beyond what is conceivable today. We will overcome scientific problems in light generation, manipulation and detection at the nanoscale to underpin future technologies, including real-time holographic displays, artificial vision for autonomous systems to see the invisible, wearable medical devices and ultra-fast light-based WiFi.

By engaging with key global and Australian industries, TMOS plans to translate its research into innovative technologies in transport, health, security, defence, agriculture, entertainment and education.

Come and be a part of TMOS!

Where can you do your PhD with TMOS?

TMOS is hosted at five university locations in Australia:

  • The Australian National University (Canberra, headquarters)
  • The University of Melbourne (Melbourne)
  • University of Technology Sydney (Sydney)
  • The University of Western Australia (Perth)
  • RMIT University (Melbourne)
Team based collaborative research in a lab

Our Research Program

TMOS has three Research Themes on the science of light generation, manipulation and detection in nanostructured materials.

Our research topics include:

  • Nano-lasers and nanolaser arrays
  • Nonlinear metasurfaces and nanoantennas
  • Quantum nanoscale sources and meta-optics
  • Holographic and neuromorphic meta-optics
  • Tunable meta-optics
  • Multimodal detection
  • Infrared nanoscale detectors
Experiments probing the forefront of optics

Our Commitments

As a PhD student, TMOS will provide you:

  • a cross-university PhD supervisory panel based on your chosen Research Theme to build cross-disciplinary skills.
  • a mentor from an external university for regular discussions on research, networking and career advice.
  • numerous career development opportunities, through workshops on topics such as research ethics, leadership, scientific communication, thesis and grant writing, job interviews, technology transfer, entrepreneurship, IP and commercialisation and more.
  • access to industry internship opportunities with TMOS industry partners, as well as student exchange opportunities with top international universities.
  • a strong engagement with a wide range of outreach activities.
  • access to Centre-funded travel grants and scholarships.

We believe that diversity improves ideas and innovation and supports better outcomes and productivity. Along with other initiatives, our Centre-funded carers grants to participate in professional activities will also be open to PhD students.

Apply now!