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Research Fellow - Optical Fibre Components

Fibre & Systems Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017
Full Time Fixed Term (2 Years)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 04 March 2020
Interview Date:   Wednesday 01 April 2020
Reference:  1237620PN

Come and join our research program to work on an exciting new EPSRC funded project in the area of next generation fibre components. The project involves the integration of highly functional two-dimensional (2D) materials directly within an established optical fibre platform, from which it will be possible to develop an array of robust, efficient, and low-cost optical and optoelectronic devices.

The Optoelectronic Research Centre (ORC) has led the world in optical fibre technology research for the past 50 years. With over 90 state-of-the-art laboratories and 200 researchers working in all areas of photonics, the ORC provides an outstanding interdisciplinary environment. You will be fully integrated within our renowned research programme, and will work independently as well as with other members of the team and our external collaborators. 

 To be successful with your application, you will need to demonstrate: 

  • An awarded PhD in Physics/Engineering specialising in photonic devices or equivalent professional qualifications and experience* 
  • Excellent experimental research skills in areas related to optical fibre component testing, nonlinear optics, novel photonic materials 
  • A strong publication track record in high-quality international journals
  • A willingness and ability to help with the supervision of PhD students
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, and a proven ability to work well within teams

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 gives 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.

*subject to qualifying criteria

*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.

The appointment is initially for a 2-year period, starting in June 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter, with potential for further extension. Informal enquires should be directed to Prof Anna Peacock (

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 1237620PN 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

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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