Monthly Archives: September 2015

Location: Glasgow
Funding amount: £18,000
Hours: Full Time

Applications are invited, from suitably qualified graduates, for a 4 year fully funded (UK and EU candidates) CENSIS (Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems) EngD studentship within the top-rated School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow and the world-leading micro-satellite supplier Clyde Space Ltd (

This EngD project is in partnership with Clyde Space Ltd, the award winning supplier of small and micro spacecraft systems, with excellent expertise in high performance subsystems, DC-DC converters, lithium polymer batteries and high efficiency solar panel for small satellite missions.

The EngD Project

The aim of this research project is to work on the development of novel remote sensors for attitude control of spacecraft for the CubeSat systems developed by Clyde Space and using the facilities of precision sensing/fabrication at the University of Glasgow (Institute for Gravitational Research/James Watt Nanofabrication Centre).

The work will include:
1: Analysis of MEMS based systems in a low-g free-fall environment.
2: Design of a MEMS gradiometer with Finite Element Method modeling.
3: Micro and nano-fabrication and testing of the developed structures.
4: Characterisation of the device in 1 g environment and in launch conditions.
5: Integration of electrostatic feedback electrodes for closed loop operation, shock stops to limit the movement of the mass of more than 10 um and passive during launch.
6: Development and integration of low power electronics with the MEMS device, accordingly to CubeSat power unit specifications.

This is an opportunity to create a transformative new space-based technology with unrivalled sensitivity.


The student must have at least the equivalent of a UK 1st or 2.1 class degree in physics, materials engineering, mechanical engineering or electronic engineering. The student must be proficient in both written and spoken English, possess excellent presentation and communication skills. This is an experimental research project and the student must be good at laboratory work. You will be expected to spend time part of your time at the Clyde Space Ltd in line with the EngD arrangement.


The CENSIS EngD studentship will cover full university tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at EPSRC rate of £18k per annum for the 4 year duration of the project.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr. Antonio Samarelli ( or Dr. Giles Hammond (

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed with the Clyde Space board and will be to do short presentation on their career aspiration, previous studies and final project.

Applications, with a detailed CV and a cover letter, together with the names and addresses of two referees, should be sent directly to Dr. Antonio Samarelli (

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Friday 23 October


Here at QuantIC, we think it’s a good idea to get to know us better and what we’re about, so we asked our Principal Investigator, Professor Miles Padgett, to share with us his thoughts about the Hub.

Prof. Miles Padgett
Prof. Miles Padgett

1.Tell us about your role as Principal Investigator for QuantIC

When setting up QuantIC we deliberately chose to separate the role of the PI from that of Director (Steve Beaumont). This allows me to focus on the Science and Technology developed in the Hub, keep abreast of developments and work with the other work package leaders to ensure our technology addresses industrial need.

2.Could you tell us a bit more about the technology that is being developed at QuantIC

How do you develop cheap cameras in the infrared?  How can a camera see through smoke or fog?  How can you see around corners? How can you predict earthquakes or volcanic eruptions using a gravity sensor?  How can you image underneath the skin? In QuantIC, these are some of the questions we have answered and we are looking to take our technology to the next level by working with industry to identify more applications and new market commercialisation opportunities.

3.Where do you think this will have the most impact and how?

When we set up QuantIC we did so with over 30 letters of support from companies, both small and big across a whole range of sectors.  Our goal now is to translate these letters of support into letters of thanks.

We already have partnership projects looking at translating technology to market with companies like Selex, an international leader in electronic and information technologies, MSquared, who focus on the development and manufacture of next generation lasers and photonic equipment and ST Microelectronics, who is one of the world’s largest semi-conductor companies.

Just like the first generation of quantum technology, which gave us the semi-conductor and the laser inside devices like a CD player, we hope our technology will be as commonplace in the future.

4.What makes a good industrial collaboration at QuantIC?

The elements of good industrial collaboration and good communication go hand in hand at QuantIC. Listening, discussion and agreement; it’s about working together to achieve something together that neither party could do alone.

5. What is your vision for QuantIC?

My vision for the hub is to revolutionise imaging systems for industry and impact society through the development of quantum enhanced cameras. That’s what it’s about. QuantIC – “imaging the future”.

Genevieve Gariepy
Genevieve Gariepy

QuantIC’s Genevieve Gariepy has been awarded The Johnston and Florence Stoney Scholarship by the British Federation of Women Graduates (BFWG).Founded in 1907, BWFG offers ten scholarships based on academic excellence to support and encourage women studying in the last year of their PhD.

Based within the Extreme Light group at the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences (IPaQS) at Heriot-Watt University, the award was granted to Genevieve as a result of her work in the field of imaging. Genevieve has been working with a novel camera technology based on single photon detectors. She recently demonstrated that this technology can be used to capture the motion of light, by recording laser pulses as they propagate in air and is now developing a technique that exploits this ability to capture light in motion to detect and track moving objects that are hidden from view.

QuantIC’s Principal Investigator Miles Padgett said, “Genevieve’s award is an acknowledgement of the high quality research she is doing at QuantIC and we look forward to the potential new applications it will bring about for industry.”

For more information on her work and to watch the movies recorded by this camera, visit: