Research Fellow, Photonic Systems Circuits and Sensors Group

Southampton, United Kingdom
£30,942 to £38,017
Jun 10, 2021
End of advertisement period
Jul 09, 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Photonic Systems Circuits & Sensors Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017
Full Time Fixed Term for 3 years
Closing Date:  Friday 09 July 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1362721PN-R

The supervisors have recently been awarded a new EPSRC grant (EP/V012789/1) titled “Towards a revolution in optical communications”. In this project, we have invented several approaches not only to enhance the throughput of the optical transmitter but also to investigate novel functional modules within the optical domain that were traditionally done in the electronic domain. The ultimate target of this project is not merely the design and implementation of a high-performance optoelectrical transceiver but to demonstrate the potential for a revolutionary change in short-reach communication links.  

Therefore, we are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with a background in analogue/RF electronics and photonics to join this project. Ideally, real chip tape-out experience with advanced CMOS process node(16nm/28nm/40nm/65nm) would be helpful, and a deep understanding of high-speed SERDES and clock generators would be desirable. However, if you come from a different background (such as Physics, Computing) and with a strong motivation to challenge yourself in a new research area, you are also welcomed to apply. 

To be successful you will have experience in analogue and RF IC and PCB design and the high-speed characterisation of electronic devices and hold a PhD* or equivalent qualifications and experience related to electronics. In addition you will have excellent written and verbal communication skills. 

This EPSRC funded project will be supervised by Professor Graham Reed, Dr Li Ke and Professor David Thomson, who have strong, internationally renowned track records in the fields of silicon photonics and integration with CMOS electronics. Furthermore, the project partners will provide strong engagement with both industry (Rockley Photonics, UK) and academia (Peking University, China).  The successful candidate will join a team of over 40 researchers focusing on the field of Silicon Photonics, based at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK. 

The post will be for up to 3 years in duration due to funding restrictions. 

To informally discuss the position, please contact Prof. Graham Reed (Email:

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the Zepler Institute. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT 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.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  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

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered 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.

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 Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email  Please quote reference 1362721PN-R on all correspondence.

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