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Research Fellow

Photonic Systems Circuits & Sensors Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (2 years)
Closing Date:  Saturday 21 December 2019
Interview Date:   Monday 27 January 2020
Reference:  1210819PN

You will join one of the renowned academic silicon photonics groups in the world comprising over 40 researchers headed-up by a pioneer of silicon photonics, Professor Graham Reed, to work on the fabrication of silicon photonic devices.  

Based at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, UK, you will be working on industry backed projects supervised by Dr David Thomson and Dr Callum Littlejohns who have strong, internationally renowned track records in silicon photonics.  We will provide you the opportunity to own a device fabrication work package with the possibility of driving the direction of work.

To be successful it is essential you have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Electronics, Photonics, or semiconductor fabrication along with experience of working in a cleanroom environment, experience in semiconductor/photonic device fabrication and experience in metrology techniques such as SEM. A specific understanding of silicon photonic technology and fabrication is desirable as is experience of process development.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the Zepler Institute. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze.  We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*, onsite childcare facilities 

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

*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.

*subject to qualifying criteria

The post will be for up to 24 months in duration.

To informally discuss the position, please contact Dr David Thomson (Email: +44 (0)23 8059 3092) or Dr Callum Littlejohns (Email: +44 (0)23 8059 2697)

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 Ward  (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 7749. Please quote reference 1210819PN 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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