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Research Follow for Silicon Optomechanical Levitated Sensors

Smart Electronic Materials & Systems

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942 to £38,017
Full Time Fixed Term (until 31/07/2024)
Closing Date:  Thursday 24 June 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1381221FP

You will join our team and work with Dr Jize Yan and Professor Hendrik Ulbricht on an EPSRC Project: Integrated levitated optomechanical gravimeter. Your primary role will be to work on the design, fabrication and characterisation of integrated photonics devices towards state of the art silicon levitated optomechanical sensors. 

 To be successful you will hold a PhD* degree (either awarded or nearing completion) or equivalent qualifications and experience related to photonics, physics or related fields. It is essential that you are able to demonstrate that you have experience in cleanroom fabrication and device characterisation.  Ideally, you will also have hands-on experience of:

* on-chip photonics design, sensor development and packaging;

* levitated optomechanics, light driving mechanisms and underlying physics. 

For an informal discussion about the position, please contact Dr Jize Yan (Email:

*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.’.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Electronics and Computer Science. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. We are commited to improving equality for women in science and have been successful in achieving an  Athena SWAN bronze award in April 2020.   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.

 *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 Annabelle Trimm (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1381221FP on all correspondence. 

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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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