Research Fellow - The Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies

Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
£25,728 to £33,518 per annum
21 May 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Fellow
Location: Birmingham
Salary:         £25,728 to £33,518 per annum pro rata
Grade:            Grade 7
Contract Type:     Fixed Term (8 months with a possible extension to 3 years)
Basis:         Full time 
Closing Date:      23.59 hours BST on Wednesday 20 June 2018
Job ref:         R180242

The Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT), one of the largest photonics research groups in the UK, is seeking to appoint a Research Fellow. You will be involved in experimental and theoretical development of the recently invented revolutionary micro/nanophotonic platform Surface Nanoscale Axial Photonics (SNAP) which is being developed at AIPT.  SNAP considers slow propagation of whispering gallery modes in an optical fibre.

The speed of propagation of these modes is so slow that it can be governed by extremely small nanometre-scale changes of the optical fibre radius. This phenomenon is employed in SNAP to fabricate miniature ultralow loss photonic devices and integrated circuits with unprecedented precision and low loss. 

You should have strong skills in theoretical and mathematical physics related to electromagnetic theory and photonics including analytical and numerical modeling. Experience of experimental characterisation of photonic and micro/nanophotonic structures and devices and experience in programming the opto-mechanical setups for nanophotonic experiments. A good publication record in high impact international journals and conferences is essential as well as having excellent English language communication skills to relay work in spoken and written media. 

You should have 1st class or upper second degree in Theoretical and Experimental Physics or equivalent and a PhD in theoretical and/or experimental physics or related subject allied to photonics, electromagnetics, and quantum mechanics.

For further information about this position, please contact Professor Michael (Misha) Sumetsky at 

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