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Research Fellow on Silicon Photonic Devices and their Applications

Fibre & Systems Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £33,797
Full Time, Fixed Term - 2 Years
Closing Date:  Thursday 21 November 2019
Interview Date:   Monday 16 December 2019
Reference:  1193119PN

Be a part of our world renowned team in the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, an institution in the top one per cent of world universities and one of the UK’s Russell group research-intensive universities. We have an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities. You will have access to the world class facilities and dedicated researchers that this provides. The Telecommunications Systems Laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for experimentation in photonic systems and provides direct access to the UK’s National Dark Fibre Facility, a unique geographically-spread transmission facility dedicated to research, linking together four top British universities.

We have two positions as part of research initiatives funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The project will develop practical linear and nonlinear optical devices that will be used for the processing of communication signals. The research will involve the characterisation and manipulation of the properties of waveguides written in new materials, as well as the design and execution of demonstration experiments.

To be successful, you must have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in fibre optics, silicon photonic or another related area of photonics.  In addition, you will have extensive practical experience of working with waveguide devices and optical fibres. You will have a good understanding of nonlinear optics and their applications. You will also have experience in characterising photonic components and optical system modelling.

You must also have proven skills in the critical evaluation and interpretation of data and of working as part of a collaborative research team. 

You will be integrated fully into the group and conduct research both independently as well as with other members of the team and our external collaborators. A willingness and ability to help with the supervision of PhD students and contribute to the ORC’s open and rich research environment will also be highly desirable.

* 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.

Both roles are fixed term for two years due to funding.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this post, please contact Professor Periklis Petropoulos on

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 Dan (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 7749. Please quote reference 1193119PN on all correspondence.

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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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