Postdoctoral Research Associate

Paisley, Renfrewshire (GB)
Ac2 -  £37,467 - £44,706 per annum
23 Sep 2021
End of advertisement period
04 Oct 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

School of Computing, Engineering & Physical Sciences (CEPS)
Paisley Campus

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Gravitational Wave Research  
Full-time: 35 hours
Fixed term: 22 months  
Salary Scale: Ac2 -  £37,467 - £44,706 per annum 

We are seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) with relevant research experience to work on a Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) funded project in gravitational wave research. University of the West of Scotland`s Institute of Thin Films, Sensors & Imaging (ITFSI - ). The project is in partnership with Glasgow, Strathclyde and Lancaster universities.   

Gravitational wave research is dynamic and fast-moving, with astronomers first witnessing these ripples in space-time a few short years ago. For these detections to occur, it took decades of groundwork from theorists, scientists and engineers. Today, we are now seeing the fruits of that hard work pay off with new observations and new results.

STFC has allocated £9.4million to UK universities and institutes for gravitational wave research, with hopes to continue the ground-breaking science, including £5.4 million to the consortium involving UWS ITFSI.

 UWS ITFSI involvement will focus on researching next generation optical coating technology, working with colleagues at Glasgow, Strathclyde and Lancaster universities to increase GW detection efficiencies. UWS ITFSI principal investigator will be Prof Des Gibson

The successful candidate will be educated to PhD level in a physical or material science.  Also experienced in design of optical coatings (eg MacLeod, FILMSTAR, COMSOL softwares) and a proven capability in use of Vacuum deposition for deposition of novel optical and / or engineering materials. Experience in use of metrology relevant to characterisation (eg visible & infrared spectrophotometry, luminescence and Raman microscopy) of optical thin film properties is required.  

The research will be carried out within UWS ITFSI. The post holder will be joining a team of academic staff, postgraduate research students and experts from industry and government agencies developing product offerings that optimise the unique selling points provided by UWS ITFSI technologies. The post will be based at UWS Paisley Campus.

For an informal discussion of the post please contact Professor Des Gibson 0141 848 3610. 

Further information, including details of how to apply is available at

Closing date: Midday on Monday 4 October 2021
Interviews will be held week beginning Monday 11 October 2021

UWS is committed to equality and diversity and welcomes applications from underrepresented groups. 

UWS is a “Disability Confident” employer.

University of the West of Scotland is a registered Scottish charity, no. SC002520.