Research Associate

Aston University - Engineering & Applied Science

Contract Type: Fixed Term (for 1 year)

Interview Date: To be confirmed

The Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT) is now recruiting a Research Associate (RA) for the new European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) project Big Data Corridor (BDC). Aston University has been part funded by  ESIF to support the delivery of this project which is led by Birmingham City Council. The Big Data Corridor project will satisfy the demand for new or improved services based on the availability of, access to and new insights gained from data. SMEs will be supported to use data to create new services and products that respond to specific challenges to deliver to beneficiaries in East Birmingham, generating social and environmental value alongside hard economic impacts. It will create new businesses, help existing companies expand and provide quality new jobs for local people.

The Research Associate will join a strong R&D team for industrial collaborations and technology transfer.  You will be asked to work with SMEs on business assists, business collaboration, transfer of technology, assisting SMEs with development of prototypes and new products, and delivering project targets through direct meetings with industry and through workshops. You will join the world-renowned Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies and will be working at the cutting edge of photonic technologies and industrial applications. This is an opportunity to become a member of a vibrant team with a successful track record in photonics.

The responsibility mainly focuses on delivering the BDC project, searching for SMEs to assist and collaborate with,  liaising with regional industries, creating and sustaining networks of SMEs throughout the West Midlands. Providing management and administrative support in all relevant aspects of BDC project activities, providing general advice and guidance to researchers involved in programs, monitoring program progress against the milestones and deliverables, organizing workshops and preparing media materials such as flyers and updating the content of the websites.

You should have a PhD or equivalent degree in photonics, laser physics, optoelectronics, or relevant fields and expertise of working in industry on the applications of photonics. Preference will be given to applicants with a proven expertise and a good research record in lasers and sensing or relevant areas. The ability to conduct independent research and to work as a member of a research team is essential.

Please direct your informal queries to If you do not have access to the internet, telephone 0121 359 0870.

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.

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 reference number R170109.

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