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Research Fellow: Integrated ATR and Raman Photonic Chip for Rapid Bedside Biomarker Diagnostics

Photonic Systems Circuits & Sensors Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,395 to £32,236
Full Time Fixed Term (1 Year)
Closing Date:  Friday 23 August 2019
Interview Date:   Wednesday 04 September 2019
Reference:  1164319PN

Integrated ATR and Raman Photonic Chip for Rapid Bedside Biomarker Diagnostics

You will join a multidisciplinary team realising a disposable two-in-one ATR/Raman integrated photonic chip using advanced materials and a portable customised Mid-IR/Raman spectrometer for rapid point-of-care biomarker diagnostics, centered on state-of the art integrated photonics research. The project is funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) ( The team, led by scientists, engineers and clinicians from the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) and Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton, will use Mid-IR and Raman spectroscopies for the diagnostics of neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (nRDS). Working at the forefront of integrated photonics research, in collaboration with researchers in the complementary disciplines, the research fellow will realise desktop instruments with plug-in disposable chips for use in surgeries, wards and remote communities. 

To be successful you will have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in an appropriate scientific discipline and have a detailed understanding of photonics, spectroscopy and optical instrumentation.  You will collaborate closely with researchers in the Faculty of Medicine. 

The ORC has a 40-year track record of pioneering contributions in photonics and is currently one of the largest and most dynamic research centres in this field world-wide.  The Integrated Photonic Devices Group explores the fundamentals of guided wave optics at surfaces, with applications including telecommunications, biosensing and novel light sources, and is complemented by the world-class photonic materials and fabrication facilities of the Zepler Institute ( 

This post, which is available now, is for one year in the first instance with expected extension up to three years and excellent opportunities to progress further.

You are welcome to contact Dr Senthil Ganapathy by email at or by telephone on +442380597811 for an informal discussion.

*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.

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 Sam Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0)23 8059 4046. Please quote reference 1164319PN on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Zepler Institute

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

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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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