Microfluidics for Thermal Management

Stokes Laboratories is a partner in the ‘Thermally Integrated Smart Photonics Systems (TIPS)’ research consortium, supported under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme.

We currently have fully-funded PhD Scholarships on the theme of thermal control of photonics devices, a critical issue for the communications infrastructure which underpins the internet. The following specific topics will be addressed:

  • Micro-fluidic pumps for the thermal control of photonics devices
  • Micro-channel heat exchangers for laser arrays

The project themes will involve the core sciences of heat transfer and fluid dynamics, within the application area of communications.

Likely qualifications, knowledge, and experience

  • A honours bachelors or Masters degree in any domain related to mechanical/aero/bio engineering, electronics, or applied physics. Candidates may also be in their final year of their primary degree.
  • Strong analytical skills and a flair for innovation.
  • Ability to work independently while also contributing to team-oriented projects. A successful candidate will be versatile, hands-on, and a self-starter.
  • Experience in R&D through employment or placements.
  • Strong written and spoken communications skills.

The scholarships will be based at Stokes Laboratories, and conducted in close collaboration with Bell Labs, a worldwide R&D community that creates key technologies for telecommunications. It is renowned as the birthplace of information theory, the transistor, the laser and the UNIX operating system.

For more information, or to submit a curriculum vitae, please contact us.

Stokes Laboratories
Engineering Research Building
University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland


Phone: +353 61 202449
Email: stokesresearch@ul.ie