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Research Fellow

Quantum, Light & Matter Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,302 to £36,261
Full Time Fixed Term (36 Months)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 21 August 2019
Interview Date:   Wednesday 25 September 2019
Reference:  1159719WF

Soft Photonics Systems Group, University of Southampton

Post-doctoral research in experimental soft matter and nanofabrication

Soft Photonics Systems Group ( at the University of Southampton invites applications for a post-doctoral research fellow position in the area of experimental photonics, micro- and nano-fabrication and soft mater. This position is ideally suited for researchers fascinated by light interaction with ordered and disordered nanoscale systems and interested in exploring new ways to understand the underlying fundamental physics of self-assembled materials. We offer an exciting opportunity for an enterprising candidate to join a truly multidisciplinary project, sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust, which will be carried out by a team of experimental physicists, nanofabrication experts and mathematicians. The project will investigate novel ways to design, fabricate, model, and analyse new materials to achieve exciting new optical and physical properties.  

To support the experimental and fabrication side of the programme, you will have a strong track record in functional nanomaterials, nanofabrication, soft matter, imaging and spectroscopy. The research will include the fabrication of nano and micro-structured materials, characterisation of their morphology (SEM, AFM), as well as spectroscopic characterisation. The candidate is also expected to be familiar, or be willing to learn, the self-assembly techniques. The aim is to establish structure-property relationships between different nano-structured materials and their optical response.

Your prime responsibilities will be the fabrication and testing of samples and carrying out microscopic and spectroscopic experiments. This challenging scope of experimental work requires strong practical skills and background in photonics and nanoscience.  Techniques that are particularly relevant to this project are nanofabrication, functionalisation of plasmonic nanoparticles, and cleanroom fabrication, (e.g. photolithography, e-beam lithography and FIB). It is essential you have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Physics, Materials Science or equivalent subjects. 

* 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.

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, on implementing their models. As a member of the Soft Photonics Systems Group within Physics and Astronomy at Southampton and 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.  

Funding is available for three years starting from 1 October 2019.

For further information please contact Professor Malgosia Kaczmarek (

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 call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 1159719WF on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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