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The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) is one of the world’s leading institutes for photonics research, based in the Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics, at the University of Southampton.

We are always looking for remarkable students to join our PhD research team to work on groundbreaking projects.


To tackle COVID-19 the UK government is imposing restrictions on our daily activities for the foreseeable future. As individuals, and as a community, we have a shared responsibility to follow the latest public advice as strictly as possible to tackle the spread of COVID-19. At a time of global crisis, the Zepler Institute of Photonics and Nanoelectronics is rising to the challenge. We are now working from home and our laboratories and clean room complex are closed.

It is not business as usual but our business does not stop.

“We have a unique opportunity to think, to write papers and proposals, to use digital technology to engage with the community through seminars and events in innovative ways. Our operations have swiftly migrated online and we will update our partners and collaborators on effective ways of working with us. We are proud of the fact that over many decades our contributions to the global optical internet are helping keep the world running through this difficult time.  It is a timely reminder that connectivity provides resilience and we are redoubling our efforts to ensure that that the next generation of optical hardware is available when we need it.

We are enormously grateful to our sponsors and staff for bearing with us in these difficult times. Your generous support and positive energy ensures our community continues to thrive. Thank you.”

Professor Sir David Payne.

We have a vibrant community of researchers, led by some of the leading figures in the field of photonics, who have contributed significantly to the remarkable growth of the photonics industry, including the optical telecommunication technology that underpins the internet as well as solutions in medicine, biosciences sensing, security and manufacturing.

In recognition of our world-leading expertise in photonics and fibre optic technology, and the many decades of inspired innovation by the ORC to provide solutions for real-life problems, the University of Southampton’ has been awarded a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

Being honoured with the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize is recognition of just how important photonics is to the UK and the extensive role the University of Southampton has played in leading photonics research since the 1960s.

Professor Sir David Payne - Director, Optoelectronics Research Centre


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