Research Fellow - Quantum, Light & Matter Group

United Kingdom
£30,942 to £36,914
Oct 18, 2020
Nov 16, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Research fellow in experimental, self-assembled and nanostructured soft matter

The Soft Photonics Systems Group ( ) at the University of Southampton invites applications for a post-doctoral research fellow position in the area of experimental, self-assembled soft mater and its optical characterisation. This position is ideally suited for researchers interested in exploring new ways to understand the underlying fundamental physics of self-assembled and semi-ordered systems, in particular liquid crystal systems, by using their interaction with light. This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and enterprising candidate to join a truly multidisciplinary project and be part of a team of experimental physicists, soft matter fabrication experts and mathematicians.

To support the experimental and fabrication side of the programme, you will have a strong track record in the fabrication, control and characterisation of one or more of the following systems: (a) self-assembled plasmonic nanoparticles, in particular, those mediated by liquid crystals; (b) structured liquid crystals (c) photonic gratings, as well as their imaging and spectroscopy. The research will include the fabrication of materials, characterisation of their morphology (SEM, AFM), as well as spectroscopic characterisation. The aim is to establish structure-property relationships between different micro and nanostructured materials and their optical response.

Your prime responsibilities will be the development of the experimental research side of this project, and the fabrication and testing of samples. The challenging scope of the experimental work requires strong practical skills in nanofabrication, soft matter and its functionalisation with nanoparticles. It is essential that you have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Physics, Materials Science or equivalent subjects.

You will conduct independent, high quality experimental research and work closely with two doctoral and post-doctoral researchers and senior academics, who will be responsible for the theoretical aspects of the project. As a member of the Soft Photonics Systems Group within Physics and Astronomy at Southampton you will benefit from the extensive network of collaborations offered by members of the group. There will be an opportunity to guide PhD and Master students.

* 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.

Funding is available from 1 December 2020 until 28 February 2023.

For further information please contact Professor Malgosia Kaczmarek ( ).

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*subject to qualifying criteria

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