Annual PhD Thesis Competition

The Committee of the Institute of Physics Semiconductor Group offers an annual thesis prize for the author of the PhD thesis that makes the strongest contribution, in the opinion of the committee, to the understanding and development of semiconductor physics and technology. The prize will consist of £350 and an invitation to present a talk at the UK Semiconductors Conference.


Applications for the 2018 prize are open to all students from an institution in the UK or Ireland, whose PhD examination has taken place since 1 August 2017 and up to the deadline for submissions. 

The thesis subject must be related to semiconductors, falling into at least one of the following categories:

  • Physics in Semiconductors.
  • Optical Devices.
  • Electronic Devices.
  • Semiconductor Materials and Nanostructures.
  • Mid-IR and THz.
  • Organics, Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Semiconductors & Perovskites.
  • Semiconductor quantum technology.


The submission deadline is 1 November 2018.

Submission format

  • Student’s CV, including publication list.
  • PDF of PhD thesis document.
  • A one page (A4) citation from the PhD supervisor, including confirmation of the date of PhD examination, that the student passed and whether the thesis has also been submitted to another IOP group for a PhD thesis prize.
  • A one page (A4) summary of the major achievements included in the PhD thesis written by the PhD supervisor.
  • Entries (PDF documents preferred) and any queries should be submitted by email.

Candidates are asked to note that if a similar thesis prize is offered by another IOP group (such as the Computational Physics group), the Committee intends to liaise with that group so that both prizes will not be awarded to the same applicant.


The PhD thesis will be judged by an expert panel according to the following criteria:

  • Contribution to the state-of-the-art.
  • Research impact.
  • Originality.
  • Complexity.
  • Suitability of methodology and analysis.
  • Clarity of main question.
  • Clarity of structure and writing.

Contact: Juan Pereiro Viterbo

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