Research Fellow in Silicon Photonics

Southampton, United Kingdom
£32,348 to £39,745 Per annum
26 Jul 2022
End of advertisement period
22 Aug 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Photonic Systems Circuits & Sensors Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £32,348 to £39,745 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (24 months)
Closing Date:  Monday 22 August 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1916822PN

The University of Southampton is committed to excellence in all we do, applying our insights and inventiveness to solve the most complex societal and environmental challenges. As a world-leading, research-intensive university, with a strong and high-quality educational offering, we are renowned for our innovation and enterprise and are within the top 1% of universities worldwide.

You will join our friendly and collaborative team in the field of silicon photonics to work within the EPSRC funded project “Silicon photonic thermal photodetectors for mid-infrared sensing”  This project’s vision is to develop new waveguide-based thermal photodetectors that will enable mass-producible silicon photonic integrated circuits for mid-IR sensing and spectroscopy. 

The devices will be applied to real-world sensing challenges through close collaborations with TU Wien and with the major UK EPSRC funded research programme “MISSION”, exploring their use as sensors for healthcare, industrial process control, and environmental monitoring.

You will become a part of an enthusiastic group of researchers in the Silicon Photonics Group within the Optoelectronics Research Centre (, utilising the state-of-the-art Zepler Institute Cleanroom Facilities ( and optoelectronics laboratories.

You must have a strong background in silicon photonics and in the design and characterisation of photonic devices, with an aptitude for critical evaluation and interpretation of experimental data. Experience in using device modelling suites such as Lumerical, RSoft, Photon Design, Silvaco, or Comsol is essential along with the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team; ability to assist with the supervision of postgraduate students; excellent communication and organisational skills. A track record in journal publications and conference presentations would be advantageous.

Working at the University of Southampton gives you access to a wide range of benefits in addition to our competitive rates of pay. Our core benefits include pension scheme membership; a generous annual leave allowance (supplemented by University closure days and public holidays) and excellent family leave arrangements (including maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave). All our benefits can be viewed here:

As a university we aim to create an environment where everyone can thrive and are proactive in fostering a culture of inclusion, respect and equality of opportunity. We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating a working environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work. We welcome applications from candidates who are committed to helping us create an inclusive work environment.  We would particularly welcome applications from candidates from working class, first generation Higher Education, the Global South and other underrepresented groups.

Committed to supporting our staff and students, we are open to a flexible working approach. We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly and those who have taken a career break

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.

 Application procedure 

For informal enquiries of the position, please contact Dr. Milos Nedeljkovic (email: 

You should submit your completed application form online 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) 2380 592750 or email  Please quote reference 1916822PN on all correspondence.  

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