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Research Fellow: Nanophotonics & Metamaterials

Nanophotonics Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £34,804
Full Time Fixed Term (2 Years)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 10 February 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1298420PN-R

You will join our highly interactive, interdisciplinary research team, which specialises in the development and demonstration of new photonic materials and technologies based on the understanding and exploitation of light-matter interactions at the nanoscale - see

In this role, supported by major Programme Grant funding from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, you will undertake research on nanostructured and nano-mechanical metamaterials for telecoms, laser and nanoscale imaging and metrology applications.  

It is essential you have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Physics or another subject relevant to the field of photonics along with recent experience in experimental nanophotonics, and the ability to work effectively in a team. You should have a keen interest in studying the physics and demonstrating the applications potential of advanced photonic materials and nanostructures.

Experience in photonic metamaterials, optomechanics, super-resolution imaging, or optical metrology research will be advantageous, as will theoretical and/or computational electromagnetics modelling skills, cleanroom nanofabrication skills and experience in the application of machine learning techniques.

Initial appointment will be for 24 months from March/April 2021 or shortly thereafter

For informal enquiries please write to Prof Nikolay Zheludev, ( or Prof Kevin MacDonald (

 *Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD, prior to which the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

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 along with other benefits such as the cycle to work scheme.

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

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 1298420PN-R 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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