Research Fellow in Experimental Nanophotonics

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
28 May 2021
End of advertisement period
27 Jun 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Applications are invited for a three-year postdoctoral research position in the area of experimental nanophotonics. The successful candidate will conduct  research relevant to the dynamics and nonlinear optics of structures where emitters are embedded in 3D photonic crystal defect nanocavities and waveguides. You will work closely with research partners (QET Labs, University of Bristol and ORC, University of Southampton) and our industrial partner (Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology) to develop novel sensors, biomimetic structures, nano-lasers, and ultrafast optical switches and devices for quantum technology. This position is funded by a grant from EPSRC (EP/V040030/1) and the project focuses on a comprehensive investigation into the fundamentals and applications of 3D nanophotonics in artificially structured materials. You will work primarily with Dr Daniel Ho (PI of the grant).

You will initiate, develop and conduct high-quality research in support of the project. The project will require an understanding of nanofabrication techniques (two-photon lithography and chemical vapor deposition), optical characterisation (angle-resolved light scattering characterisation technique) and numerical modelling (finite-difference time-domain and plane-wave expansion methods). The ideal candidate will have a good knowledge of optical characterisation (particular Fourier image spectroscopy) and experience of numerical modelling (MEEP, MPB, and Ansys Lumerical, etc.). Experience in nanofabrication techniques (direct laser writing and CVD) would also be beneficial.

For informal enquiries about this post please contact Dr Daniel Ho on +44 (0)191 215 6075 or

The successful candidate will join the Quantum and Molecular Photonics (QMP) research group. Further details about the research groups can be found here: 

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs (please indicate a rank from 1 to 4) up to a maximum of 4, since 2017.  In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio).Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

We welcome applications from the UK and across the world.Visit our web pages for details about the Information and Support for International Colleagues.

Currently, due to COVID-19, academic staff will normally be on campus for approximately two days per week when face to face teaching is scheduled, and as required to undertake research using specialist facilities. 

Please note this vacancy will close on 27/06/2021