Research Fellow, Fibre and Systems Group

Southampton, United Kingdom
£31,406 to £38,587 Per annum
26 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
22 Aug 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Fibre & Systems Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £38,587 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (31/12/2024)
Closing Date:  Monday 22 August 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1718422PN-R

To be successful you will be a hands-on experimental scientist with the drive to solve difficult scientific and technological problems. If you are motivated by working in a high calibre, highly collaborative research environment, then this position provides an exciting environment.

You will demonstrate experience in one of the following fields:

  • femtosecond laser direct writing 
  • fundamentals of light-mater interactions 
  • nonlinear optics
  • ultrafast optics including few-cycle pulses

Ideally you will also have experience in:

  • micro- and nano-optics 
  • optical engineering
  • ultrafast laser material processing

It is essential you have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Physics or Electronic and Optical Engineering, along with a good track record of innovative research at an international level. Experience of highly effective working in teams, working with ultrafast laser systems and have a track record of independently setting up complex optical experiments. Experience of working in a large team would be highly beneficial.

The post will be based in the Optoelectronic Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton and available as a result of a research programme sponsored by the European Research Council. The post is available on a fixed term basis until 31/12/2024 due to funding restrictions.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the Zepler Institute. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic, 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 and a generous holiday entitlement 30 days, plus 8 bank holidays and 6 closure days.

 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.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Peter Kazansky, ORC, University of Southampton, on tel: +44 (0) 79 1969 5972 or email:

*Applications 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 completion of PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

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 Sian Gale (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email Please quote reference 1718422PN-R on all correspondence.