Job offer in england Senior Research Fellow at Aston University

Aston University – Engineering & Applied Science

Contract Type: Fixed Term (for 1 year)

Interview Date: To be confirmed

The Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT), one of the largest photonics research groups in the UK, is seeking to appoint a Senior Research Fellow. You will be involved in experimental and theoretical development of the recently invented revolutionary micro/nanophotonic platform Surface Nanoscale Axial Photonics (SNAP) which is being developed at AIPT.  SNAP considers slow propagation of whispering gallery modes in an optical fibre. The speed of propagation of these modes is so slow that it can be governed by extremely small nanometre-scale changes of the optical fibre radius. This phenomenon is employed in SNAP to fabricate miniature ultralow loss photonic devices and integrated circuits with unprecedented precision and low loss.

You should have strong skills in theoretical and mathematical physics related to electromagnetic theory, photonics and quantum mechanics including analytical and numerical modelling. Experience of experimental characterisation of photonic and micro/nanophotonic structures and devices and experience in programming the opto-mechanical setups for nanophotonic experiments. A good publication record in high impact international journals and conferences is essential as well as having excellent English language communication skills to relay work in spoken and written media.

You should have 1st class or upper second degree in Theoretical and Experimental Physics or equivalent and a PhD in theoretical and/or experimental physics or related subject allied to photonics, electromagnetics, and quantum mechanics. 

For further information about this position, please contact Professor Michael (Misha) Sumetsky at

Please visit our website for further information and to apply online. If you do not have access to the internet telephone 0121-204-4500 and leave your name and address quoting the reference number R170185.

We would particularly like to encourage applications from women seeking to progress their academic careers.  Aston University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recognised recently by a prestigious Silver Award to EAS, and we pride ourselves on our vibrant, friendly and supportive working environment and family atmosphere.  Please contact us if you would like more information on any aspect of working at Aston University.

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