PhD Positions

The group is continuously seeking PhD candidates. Students have joined the group with backgrounds including Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry and Engineering. Our group is multinational, with students coming from across the globe: UK, Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. 

We are interested in hearing from prospective students. We are based in the Electrical Engineering department (EE), which is one of the divisions falling under the Engineering department. You can find formal university deadlines and requirements here. We invite you to contact us before attempting to file an application. Send your CV directly to Prof. Hofmann ( along with information about your interests and/or any proposed work you are interested in carrying out. 

There are multiple funding routes available at the University of Cambridge, including:

The University and many of its Colleges also offer PhD studentships. Please note that the deadline for some of these is as early as October the year before for an October start date. Many of them require a separate application in addition to the standard PhD application. The Student Funding website here has a search engine to help you find all those that will be relevant for you.

Postdoc Positions

We are always keen on hearing from prospective postdoc interested in the group. A background in advanced (nano)metrology and growth/processing/device fabrication of novel (nano)materials is desirable. Although we some funded postdoctoral positions advertised from time to time, we are always happy to host applicants who secure their own funding.

There are number of fellowships available for postdoctoral research at Cambridge. Each has a variety of eligibility requirements. Schemes include (see their respective www pages) the Newton International Fellowship, EU Marie Curie Fellowships (International Incoming Fellowships, for applicants from outside the EU; Intra-European Fellowships, for applicants from within the EU), Royal Society Fellowships, various EPSRC fellowships, and Cambridge College Research Fellowships. The latter are all advertised in the “College Notices” part of the Cambridge University Reporter which comes out weekly during term.

Most of these fellowships require a research proposal submitted with the support of the host organisation (Cambridge University, in this case). Please contact Prof. Hofmann ( directly about specific research opportunities. Please include your CV.

Short-term Placements

Please note that we give priority to local students for summer/short term placements and therefore it is exceedingly rare for us to take external students for short term placements.