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Research Fellow

Photonic Systems Circuits & Sensors Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017
Full Time Fixed Term (2 Years)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 21 October 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1292120PN

Silicon Photonics 

You will join our group and take on a role on the flagship project  “QUDOS” Project (EPSRC EP/T028475/1) focusing on the monolithic integration of quantum dot lasers with silicon photonics based circuits. This is a great opportunity for you to work in collaboration with academic partners (University College London, University of Cambridge and Cardiff University) and industrial partners including Microsoft, Rockley photonics UK, Airbus or Leonardo  . We are a fast growing team of over 40 researchers focussing on the field of Silicon Photonics, based within the state-of-the-art Zepler Institute Cleanroom Facilities ( at the University of Southampton.  The project will be undertaken under the supervision of Dr Frederic Gardes ( ).

To be successful you will have a strong experience in group IV or group III/V semiconductor materials and will be able to demonstrate experience in semiconductor device fabrication in a clean room environment. In addition you will have a background in laboratory photonic experimentation with critical evaluation and interpretation of data and hold a PhD** or equivalent qualification related to semiconductor processing or integrated photonics. Experience in silicon photonics (group IV) or  group III/V based semiconductor material processing is critical.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the Zepler Institute. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position.  We value diversity and inclusion at the University and aspire for our staff population to be broadly representative of our community.   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 will be considered from candidates who are working towards completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

This post is a full time fixed term of 2 years with a possibility to extend the position beyond the end of the current contract duration.

To informally discuss the position, please contact Dr Frederic Gardes. Email:

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 or email  Please quote reference 1292120PN on all correspondence. 

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Zepler Institute

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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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