Research Fellow, AI for Nanophotonics

Southampton, United Kingdom
£30,942 to £34,804 per annum
06 May 2021
End of advertisement period
02 Jun 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Nanophotonics Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £34,804 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (24 months)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 02 June 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1369521PN

Research Fellow: AI for Nanophotonics

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

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are the most important new methodologies for scientific research since introduction of quantum mechanics. In this role, supported by major Programme Grant funding from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, you will undertake research on applications of AI to nanoscale imaging and metrology.  

It is essential you have: a PhD** or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Physics or another subject relevant to the field of nanophotonics; recent experience in theoretical and/or computational electromagnetics modelling and in the development/application of machine learning algorithms for (nano)photonics research; and the ability to work effectively in a team. You should have a keen interest in studying how structured light fields interact with nanostructured materials. 

Experience in photonic metamaterials/metasurfaces, super-resolution imaging, and/or optical metrology research will be advantageous, as will experience in experimental optics/(nano)photonics.

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 gives 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

Initial appointment will be for full time for 24 months due to funding restrictions from September 2021 or shortly thereafter. 

For informal enquiries please write to Prof Nikolay Zheludev, ( or Prof Kevin MacDonald (

 **Applications for Research Fellow 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.

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 Kate Pounds (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 5456 or email  Please quote reference 1369521PN on all correspondence. 

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