Research Fellow in Coherent Diffraction Imaging

Southampton, United Kingdom
£31,406 to £35,326 per annum
26 Nov 2021
End of advertisement period
22 Dec 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Quantum, Light & Matter Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £35,326 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (for 3 years)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 22 December 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1411421WF-R2

You will join our collaborative team in the research group of Dr Newton ( within the Quantum, Light and Matter (QLM) in the broad area of coherent diffraction imaging (CDI) of quantum materials at the nanoscale. This role is part of the recently funded UKRI project on “Time Resolved Imaging of Quantum Multifunctional Materials”. This role is focussed on utilising CDI techniques to image time-varying phenomena in a range of multifunctional materials using our unique laboratory-based x-ray imaging equipment alongside synchrotron and XFEL facilities. We are particularly interested in the quantum properties of correlated materials at the nanoscale for potential applications such as ultra-fast optical switches and low power magnetoelectronic devices.

You will engage with the wider x-ray imaging and materials physics community as well as industry. To be successful you will have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Physics, Materials Science, Optoelectronics, Engineering or a related field along with knowledge of coherent x-ray diffraction imaging or related techniques.

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.

This post is offered on a full-time, fixed term basis for 3 years.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in Physics and Astronomy. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic, LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position.  We are strongly committed to diversity in both the academic and student population, and in recognition we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2018 and the Institute of Physics Project Juno Champion status in 2019. Physics and Astronomy 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. For further information please visit

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.

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 Hannah Nash (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1411421WF-R2 on all correspondence.

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