Research Fellow – Optical Fibre Amplifiers

The University of Southampton

Fibre & Systems Group


Highfield Campus


£34,314 to £41,931
Per Annum

Full Time Fixed Term – 2 years

Closing Date:  

Tuesday 04 July 2023

Interview Date:  

To be confirmed



Research Fellow – Optical Fibre Amplifiers

Silica Fibre Fabrication Group

Optoelectronics Research Centre

You will join our collaborative team to work on the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded projects and will involve collaboration with a wide range of researchers at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) and external academic and industrial partners. A key goal of the project is to develop novel optical fibres, as well as lasers and wideband amplifiers for telecommunications based on these fibres. 

It is essential you have a PhD* (or equivalent professional qualifications and experience) in Physics or Chemistry or Materials Science or Engineering and excellent experimental skills. Knowledge and hands-on experience of active-doped silica-based fibre fabrication, spectroscopic characterisation of doped fibres, and the construction and testing of fibre lasers and amplifiers would be beneficial for this position. You must have proven skills in the critical evaluation and interpretation of data and of working as part of a collaborative research team.

The initial appointment will be until 31st Dec 2024 with the potential for further extension beyond this.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are central to the ethos in the Optoelectronics Research Centre, Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic, LGBT+ and disabled applicants to apply for this position. We give full consideration to applicants who wish to work flexibly, including part-time, and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy**, and onsite childcare facilities. We have 30 days annual leave, 8 bank holidays and 6 closure days.

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has been awarded the Platinum EcoAward. 

For informal inquiries about this post, please contact Prof Jayanta Sahu ([email protected] )

 *Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered also from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

**Subject to qualifying criteria

Application Procedure  

You should submit your completed online application form at . The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Anjali Mavi (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email [email protected]   Please quote reference 2196023PN on all correspondence.

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We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial backgrounds, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants that value diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity. 

Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated on the job. 

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