Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Photonics and Optofluidics

University of Exeter - College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Centre for Graphene Science, Opto-Electronic Systems Group

This new full time post is available from 1 May 2017on a fixed term basis until 31August 2018.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Photonics and Optofluidics to support the work of Prof Anna Baldycheva,

The project will combine three paradigm technologies – Si photonics, 2D materials, and microfluidics- and will focus on the development of technologically new concepts for CMOS reconfigurable nanophotonics. The Research Fellow will have the opportunity to undertake international level research, focused on the design, fabrication and testing of microfluidic photonic metastructures and metasystems integrated with CMOS photonics for applications in communications, defense and security, and biochemical sensing. In particular, this project will develop a novel integrated microfluidic approach for on-chip architecting of dynamically reconfigurable structures into pre-designed configurations on Si chip aiming to realize different light management devices, from integrated tunable filters to light emitting devices. To achieve this, the plan is to synthesize and explore electro-optical and non-linear optical effects of different low-power controllable self-assembling liquid nanocomposite materials, such as fluid dispersed carbon related materials and/or nematic liquid crystals doped with nanoparticles, directly on Si optofluidic chip.

The post will include work on: (A) development of a novel nanocomposite material platform for integration on Si chip using microfluidic technology; (B) design and fabrication of the Si photonic-fluidic systems; (C) electro-optical testing of the first electrically/thermally driven reconfigurable fluid structures integrated into micro-photonic circuits on Si chip, i.e. active metamaterial structures with an ability to filter, split, and switch polarized light in the plane of the chip. The successful applicant will also contribute to the further and ongoing development of integrated photonic microfluidic systems, in particular, laboratory-on-a-chip (LOC) systems. The fellow will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes.

For further information please contact Prof Baldycheva, 

The University offers some fantastic benefits including generous holiday entitlements, options for flexible working, an onsite gym, parking and a stunning campus environment in the heart of Exeter. Take a look at our careers site ( for more information.

The College is working towards department Silver Athena SWAN awards as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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