(Senior) Research Fellow: Nanophotonic Metrology


Nanophotonics Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £35,308 to £48,423 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term until 31/01/2026
Closing Date:  Friday 30 June 2023
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2322723PN

You will join our highly interactive, interdisciplinary research team, which specialises in the development and demonstration of new photonic materials and technologies based on the understanding and exploitation of light-matter interactions at the nanoscale – see www.nanophotonics.org.uk .

In this role, supported by major Programme Grant funding from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, you will undertake research on the physics and applications of advanced materials and methods for optical metrology with nanometric resolution.  

It is essential you have: a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Physics or another subject relevant to the field of nanophotonics; a background and recent experience in experimental nanophotonics and computational electromagnetics modelling; and the ability to work effectively in a team.

Experience in research on photonic metamaterials, micro/nano/optomechanical systems, free-electron/photon interactions in nanomaterials, super-resolution microscopy, or optical metrology will be advantageous, as will electron microscopy, cleanroom nanofabrication skills and experience in the development and/or application of machine learning algorithms.

Initial appointment will be for up to 30 months from July 2023, or shortly thereafter. 

The post is available at ‘level 4’ (Research Fellow) or ‘level 5’ (Senior Research Fellow), depending on experience.

For informal enquiries please write to Prof Nikolay Zheludev ([email protected] ) or Prof Kevin MacDonald ([email protected] ).

*Applications for Research Fellow (Level 4) positions will be considered from candidates who are nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD, prior to which the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the Zepler Institute. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic, LGBTQ+ and disabled applicants to apply for this position.  We value diversity and inclusion at the University and aspire for our staff population to be broadly representative of our community.   In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze.   We give full consideration to applicants that 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*, onsite childcare facilities along with other benefits such as the cycle to work scheme.

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 recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward. This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

*Subject to qualifying criteria

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