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Research Fellow, Smart Lasers and Special Fibres

Southampton, United Kingdom
£34,980 to £42,978 per annum
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Smart Lasers and Special Fibres

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £34,980 to £42,978 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (until 31/07/2026)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 26 June 2024
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  2745024PN

Silica Fibre Fabrication Group

Optoelectronics Research Centre

A Research Fellow position is available for a highly motivated and talented researcher with a strong interest in optical fibre technology to work on the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded Programme Grant, HiPPo (Smart Fibre optic High-power Photonics), and will involve collaboration with a wide range of researchers at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) and external academic and industrial partners. A key goal of the project is to develop novel optical fibres and fibre materials suitable for the power scaling of fibre lasers. This project will make strong use of the fibre fabrication facilities at the ORC and your skills should reflect this, for example through strong practical laboratory experience. 

Applicants should have a PhD* (or equivalent professional qualifications and experience) in Physics/Chemistry/Materials Science/Engineering and excellent experimental skills. Knowledge and hands-on experience in active-doped silica-based fibre fabrication, spectroscopic characterisation of doped fibres, and the construction and testing of fibre lasers and amplifiers would be beneficial for this position. You must have proven skills in the critical evaluation and interpretation of data and of working as part of a collaborative research team.

The initial appointment will be for two years with the potential for further extension beyond this. 

The University of Southampton is one of the top 100 universities worldwide and one of the UK’s Russell Group research-intensive universities. We believe equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to making the University of Southampton a welcoming, vibrant and successful organisation. Having a diverse workforce, inclusive of people of all ages and beliefs, from different racial, educational and social backgrounds opens up a wealth of possibilities, makes us more creative and accelerates our impact on society. We welcome applicants who value the diversity of our community and are willing to play their part in supporting the mission of inclusivity. We give full consideration to applicants who 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**, and onsite childcare facilities.

For informal inquiries about this post, please contact Prof Jayanta Sahu (

 *Applications for Research Fellow positions will also 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.

**Subject to qualifying criteria

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