SU2P Annual Symposium April 5th&6th 2017

The 8th SU2P Symposium will  be hosted by Heriot Watt University in  2017

The dates for the symposium have just been confirmed as Wednesday 5th April and Thursday 6th April , 2017

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2016 SU2P Symposium - Poster Presentations

The SU2P Symposium was held on the 4th and 5th of April 2016.  The venue for the Symposium was the South Hall Complex at Pollok Halls at Edinburgh University. Here is a list of the posters that were presented at this year's symposium.

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Kaiam Corporation Joins SU2P as an Industrial Partner

Kaiam Corporation, a leader in hybrid Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) technology, along with SU2P, announce that following a meeting between Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde and Bardia Pezeshki, CEO of Kaiam Corporation, Kaiam is delighted to confirm that the company has agreed to become an Industrial Partner of SU2P, a unique collaboration between world-class US and Scottish research teams in photonics.

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The academic Partners in SU2P are:

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Edinburgh University
  • Glasgow University
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Stanford University
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Strathclyde

Other Partners include:

  • LINC Scotland

Links to all partner institutions and group pages are here.


SU2P Industrial Fellowships

Sponsored by M Squared Lasers Ltd and Kaiam Europe Ltd

SU2P is a collaborative programme between the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot Watt, St Andrews, Strathclyde in Scotland and Stanford University in the USA.

Closing Date August 31, 2016

Would you like to pursue research in an industrial environment? Applications are being sought for the SU2P Industrial Fellowships 2016

The Scheme

The SU2P Industrial Fellowship scheme is to enable early career researchers to pursue their research idea with one of the SU2P industrial affiliates. The scheme is open to anyone with a PhD or MSc with up to 4 years relevant experience in physics or electrical engineering or equivalent qualification subject to normal visa and work permit regulations. The proposed research project will be either initiated by the applicant or the sponsoring company but in each case will be developed in conjunction with the sponsoring company.

The company will offer the successful candidates employment for one year in the first instance in order to pursue the project. Any intellectual property generated as a result of the project will be owned by the company. The participating universities will facilitate the development of the proposal and the successful candidates will be offered mentoring by the universities. The successful applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply for an SU2P Staff Exchange to enable short-term visits to our partners.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for an SU2P Industrial Fellowship make contact with the company to request a detailed job description. The sponsoring company together with the relevant contact is shown below.

Your application should consist of a CV and cover letter. Applications should be sent to Carol Scullion, Director SU2P, Institute of Photonics, Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1XQ. More information on SU2P can be found at Contact Carol directly ( ) if you would like to discuss the SU2P Industrial fellowship scheme.

The closing date for applications for 2016 is August 31 2016. The outcome should be known by September 30 2016 and the projects are expected to commence in October/November 2016.

Participating Companies

M Squared Lasers

Photonics technology company M Squared Lasers designs and manufactures advanced laser platforms that underpin scientific experimentation in the fields of quantum technology, biophotonics and chemical sensing. Through its dedicated Innovation Group, the company also partners with world-leading research bodies and commercial partners to develop novel light-based applications that have the potential to tackle global problems.

M Squared Lasers look forward to receiving your enquiries and discussing ideas for suitable projects.

Contact: Dr Nils Hempler
Address: M Squared Lasers, Venture Building, 1 Kelvin Campus, West of Scotland Science Park, Glasgow G20 0SP

Kaiam Corporation

Kaiam Europe have the following project requirement and look forward to receiving general enquiries or applications from suitably qualified individuals.

Headquartered in Newark, California, with large scale manufacturing in Livingston, Scotland, and Research and Development activities spanning both sites, Kaiam Corporation is a private company commercializing photonic integrated circuits. Kaiam is an emerging market leader in the research, development and manufacturing of optoelectronic equipment used within data-communication centers.

The proposed research project has been initiated by the sponsoring company to provide research and development support to new and ongoing commercial R&D projects at the company’s Livingston site, where it develops high impact, disruptive next generation optoelectronic hardware solutions for data centres. Although initiated by the sponsoring company, the focus of the project may be customised in the longer term in conjunction with the successful candidate to enable the researcher to learn new skills, knowledge and experience.

The applicant should have in strong background in opto-electronics and the ability to work with other team members to set up, troubleshoot and verify standard and non-standard measurements. A key part of the project is the DC and RF optical and electrical characterisation of semiconductor opto-electrical components, therefore a strong ability to analyse and troubleshoot R&D test/characterisation data/measurements on devices such as lasers, LEDs, modulators, detectors and waveguides is required. The application would ideally have III-V semiconductor device experience, but applicants with other opto-electronics backgrounds would be considered.

Contact: Dr Susannah Heck
Address: Kaiam Europe Ltd, Starlaw Park, Starlaw Road, Livingston, UK, EH54 8SF

Background to SU2P

The Universities of Strathclyde, St Andrews, Heriot-Watt, Glasgow and Edinburgh, together with Stanford University and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), are collaborating with local industry to build enduring relationships which form the basis of a network which helps to sustain the economic impact of photonics in both the UK and California.

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The project, SU2P, capitalises on leading research in the photonics sector, in fields including life sciences and renewable energy, and the commercial opportunities the research offers.

It also bolsters existing links between universities and businesses in Scotland and the US.

The programme between the six institutions focuses on challenges in:

and includes research areas:


  • Quantum Technologies and Applications
  • Biophotonics, including stem cell imaging and neuroscience photonics
  • Solar cell devices and characterisation
  • Integrated photonics
  • Photonics sensors, including atom and quantum optic sensors and environmental science and technology

The project gives talented young researchers the opportunity to experience working in laboratories in California. It also enables businesses in the US and the UK to share ideas and expertise with academics in both countries.

Professor Allister Ferguson, Deputy Principal of Strathclyde and Principal Investigator in the Collaboration, said: "This is an ambitious and inventive programme aimed at delivering huge social and economic benefits. We thank the RCUK Science Bridges programme for initially fudning this programme which is now being succesfully sustained by the universiites involved.

"Photonics is a sector with vast capacity for innovation in research and for commercial opportunities. It is dominated in the UK by small companies, and we aim to build on that capacity through this venture, by broadening and strengthening the links in photonics between Scotland and California."