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Research Fellow

Fibre & Systems Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £31,406 to £38,587 Per annum
Full Time Fixed Term until 31/05/2023
Closing Date:  Thursday 03 February 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1654922PN

Silica Fibre Fabrication group

Optoelectronics Research Centre

You will join our collaborative team to work on the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded Programme Grant, Airguide Photonics, and will involve working with a wide range of researchers at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) and external academic and industrial partners. A key goal of the project is to develop novel optical fibres, as well as lasers and wideband amplifiers for telecommunications based on these fibres. 

It is essential you have a PhD* (or equivalent professional qualifications and experience) in Physics/Chemistry/Materials Science/Engineering and excellent experimental skills. Knowledge and hands-on experience of active-doped silica-based fibre fabrication, spectroscopic characterisation of doped fibres, and the construction and testing of fibre lasers and amplifiers would be beneficial for this position. You must have proven skills in the critical evaluation and interpretation of data and of working as part of a collaborative research team.

The initial appointment will be until 31st May 2023 with potential for further extension beyond this dependent upon the funder.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion are central to the ethos in the Optoelectronics Research Centre, Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic, LGBT+ and disabled applicants to apply for this position. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze. We consider applicants who 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**, and 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.

For informal inquiries about this post, please contact Prof Jayanta Sahu (jks@orc.soton.ac.uk)

 *Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered also 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

This post is offered on a full-time fixed term contract until 31/05/2023

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Michelle (HR Recruitment Team) on 023 8059 2750 or email recruitment@soton.ac.uk. Please quote reference 1654922PN 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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