Study at TMOS

TMOS is the world’s largest meta-optics research group. When joining us to do your PhD, you get to study with a world-leading supervisor at a prestigious university with the additional benefit of cross-institution collaboration, giving you the opportunity to work with the best researchers of meta-optics across Australia and internationally.

A PhD project with TMOS offers:

  • cross institution supervision
  • domestic and international exchange programs
  • industry internships
  • professional development opportunities
  • top up scholarships
  • opportunities to network with senior researchers in the field
  • opportunities to participate in our outreach program

In addition to academic opportunities, students at TMOS build industry networks and have the chance to strengthen their resumes through a variety of leadership initiatives.

TMOS has given me opportunities to explore new and innovative ideas on optical sensing with metasurfaces. I enjoy the research facilities and cross-node expertise.

Shridhar Manjunath, Australian National University

Available research projects

Chief Investigators Lan Fu, Chennupati Jagadish, & Hoe Tan
  • Development of electrically injected nano-scale lasers and light emitters
  • Enhancing the efficiency of quantum emitters using semiconductor nanocavities
  • Synthesis of novel shape-engineered nanostructures for optoelectronic applications
  • Integrated nanowire gas/bio sensors
  • Integrated nanowire/metasurface infrared photodetectors
  • Quantum well nanowire LEDs and photodetectors
  • III-V single photon sources and detectors
  • Flexible optoelectronic devices and sensors
Chief Investigator Andrey Sukhorukov
  • Quantum photonics with nanostructured metasurfaces (summer project)
  • Metasurface polarization optics / detect (summer project)
Chief Investigator Madhu Bhaskaran
  • Multi-stimuli thin films for tomorrow’s electronics and optics
Chief Investigator Sharath Sriram
  • Tunable metasurfaces towards next generation flat optical devices
Chief Investigators Ken Crozier & Ann Roberts
  • Plasmonics and metamaterials
  • Structural Colouration and Filters
  • Advanced Holograms
  • Metasurface-enabled photodetectors (visible wavelengths)
  • Metasurface-enabled photodetectors (infrared wavelengths)
  • Tunable meta-optics with Phase-Change Materials
  • Imaging and optical tweezers
  • Nanophotonic devices for information processing and imaging
  • Wavefront Sensing with Metasurfaces
  • Ghost-Imaging with Metasurfaces
  • Optical Nanotweezers
Chief Investigators Igor Aharonovich & Milos Toth
  • Quantum Emitters in atomically thin materials
  • Nanofabrication techniques for integrated quantum photonics
  • Engineering quantum photonic circuitry
  • Investigating light matter interaction at the nanoscale
Chief Investigator Francesca Iacopi
  • Graphene – Silicon Carbide Ultrathin Metasurfaces for Infrared Detection and Filters (multiple positions available)
Chief Investigators Laurie Faraone & Mariusz Martyniuk
  • Next generation infrared sensing and imaging technologies
  • Next generation optical MEMS technologies complemented with metamaterial functionalities
Researcher Wendy Lee holding a torch demonstrating science to a child

It’s an amazing feeling when you engineer new devices with light manipulation capabilities that are not commonly found in nature.

Dr. Wendy Lee, University of Melbourne

Who should apply?

We’re searching for students who want to make a difference with their research. If you think you fit the following, express your interest in studying with us.

  • Motivated, curious, and self-driven
  • Honours or Masters in physics or engineering
  • Ability to live and study in Australia

TMOS is committed to building a diverse and equitable workplace.

Our Inclusion, Equity, Diversity & Access strategy provides support, education, and training for our team.


Studying in Australia

Australia is an attractive destination for PhD students because it offers a dynamic culture that balances work life and social life. It is a multicultural society with buzzing cities, relaxed atmospheres, and plenty of places to explore.

Doing a PhD in Australia takes significantly less time than it does in other countries (typically four years) and work opportunities are plentiful. With a student visa, Australia is an easy place to emigrate to.

Successful students will be supported by their university as they make the overseas transition.