Research Fellow (Anniversary Fellowship) - Engineering and Physical Sciences

Southampton, United Kingdom
£33,314 to £40,931 Per annum
26 Jan 2023
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Research Funding Development

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £33,314 to £40,931 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (36 months)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 28 February 2023
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2154923TW

Bring your research to the world stage and make a difference

From revolutionising the internet infrastructure and improving the lives of people affected by dementia, to gaining a deeper understanding of culture and creativity, research at the University of Southampton addresses some of the most challenging issues facing society today.  

Now, in its second year the University of Southampton is inviting applications to join our flagship Anniversary Fellowship scheme. 

The University is committed to employing a diverse workforce and building an inclusive culture.  The Anniversary Fellowship scheme is key to supporting us achieving this vision by attracting researchers from around the world from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life whose common goal is to achieve the remarkable and build an inclusive world.   

About you

Bringing your own unique vision of how to make a difference to society, you’ll help to shape the future of research, both at the University and in your own field. Over three years of protected research time, you’ll have the opportunity to tackle adventurous and novel research challenges.  Mentoring, peer support, training and networking opportunities will be available throughout, and we will help you to access external research funding. We will encourage you to work across disciplines and connect with external partners. 

Our Anniversary Fellows will support and inspire each other, fostering innovation on an international platform.  You will hold a PhD and will be on the way to demonstrate potential for research excellence in your field. Highly motivated and organised, you will demonstrate initiative and problem-solving skills, and will also have exemplary powers of communication, alongside a collaborative and inclusive approach.

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences is particularly interested to hear from candidates pursuing research in the following general areas:

  • Advanced manufacturing for next generation electronic and photonic components
  • Optical and electronic materials
  • Nanoelectronics 
  • Nanophotonics
  • Optical fibres and their applications in the generation, transmission and manipulation of light
  • Novel integrated photonic technologies and their applications
  • Biophotonics
  • Solution processed nanodevices
  • MicroOptoElectroMechanical Systems (MOEMS)
  • AI applications in nanoelectronics and photonics
  • Solid state sensing systems
  • Light emitting devices and displays

The successful candidate will benefit from the established experimental facilities available in the Faculty’s School of Electronics and Computer Science and the Optoelectronics Research Centre, including the extensive Zepler Institute cleanrooms and associated laboratories.

What we can offer you

  • a world-class research environment
  • three-year independent research funding
  • additional funding for research expenses
  • access to mentoring, career development and networking across the University and beyond
  • support to successfully apply for a permanent academic post, subject to performance

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 all aspiring Fellows.   We especially welcome applications from people who identify with one or more of the following: Black, Asian, a minority ethnic background, coming from a lower socio-economic background, LGBTQ+, a woman or having a disability as these identities are currently under represented in our senior academic community. 

As part of our commitment to supporting our research community we are open to flexible working.  We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and those who have taken a career break. Proud to be a founding signatory of the Athena Swan gender equality charter we hold an institutional Silver award which recognises our work in supporting the advancement of gender equality.   We also are proud to recently have been awarded the Race quality Charter Bronze award, where we have been commended for our commitment to improve race equality across the University community.

As well as our generous holiday allowance and additional university closure days, we will help you find a good work-life balance and endeavour to be as flexible as possible to consider individual requirements and circumstances. We will support your long-term future too, with access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)*, subsidised health and fitness facilities and a range of discounts. 

These posts are offered on 3-year fixed term contracts. We will support Fellows to develop their skills and it is intended that Fellows will be successful in securing a permanent post at the end of the Fellowship. Part-time appointments will be considered on a pro-rata basis.

For additional information or informal enquiries before submitting your application, please visit the Anniversary Fellowship scheme website at 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.

To apply please complete the application form including your proposed programme of research (of no more than three pages) and one publication (or piece of written work) along with an explanation of your contribution.  

The application deadline is midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need assistance, call Recruitment on  +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email Quote the advert reference on all correspondence. 

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