Research Fellow in Experimental Nonlinear Photonics

Southampton, United Kingdom
£32,348 Per annum
15 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
16 Sep 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Fibre & Systems Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £32,348 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 2 years
Closing Date:  Friday 16 September 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1937722PN

The project MODES, funded by the European Research Council, invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the field of nonlinear photonics at the University of Southampton, UK.

MODES arises in the framework of the emerging interest for nonlinear multimode processes in optical fibres, and wants to extend it to on-chip optical waveguides, where the study of the multimode dynamics is still on its infancy.  By exploiting the nonlinear interaction between several spatial modes in on-chip waveguides, novel ultra-compact and efficient optical sources will be investigated. These sources will allow light emission in a broad frequency spectrum, and will find application in several fields from medical, to security, to sensors. 

You will work in the Multimode Photonics Group of Dr. Massimiliano Guasoni (, and will be mainly involved in laboratory experiments. On-chip optical waveguides will be characterised and tested to implement nonlinear frequency conversion. You will receive training and will be supported by experienced researchers.  At the same time, you will assist PhD students and will be encouraged to develop your own projects and to apply for funding. You will have access to state-of-the art cleanrooms and will enjoy the collaboration with world-leading academics. 

To be successful you will have a solid experimental background as well as good knowledge of nonlinear optics and finite-element method software tools (e.g. Comsol Multiphysics). Previous experience in optical waveguide fabrication is an asset. In addition, you will hold a PhD* or equivalent qualification professional qualification and experience related to photonics.

The University is one of the UK’s leading research Universities.  We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse culture at the University and creating an environment where people can balance successful careers with their commitments and interests outside of work.  Our flexible working practices, including a hybrid working model, where employees can split their working time between the office and home, support our belief that this balance brings long-lasting benefits for our institution as well as our people.

We believe equality and diversity are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a vibrant, proud and successful organisation.  A diverse workforce, with people from different racial, educational and social backgrounds and a range of ages, opens up a wealth of possibilities for Southampton.  

* 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.

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 contact Michelle in Recruitment Team on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email  Please quote reference 1937722PN on all correspondence.

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