Research Associate

University of Sheffield - Physics and Astronomy

Contract Type: Fixed-term for 30 months
Faculty: Faculty of Science

We have an exciting opportunity in Department of Physics and Astronomy for someone to use their skills to explore new optical phenomena in structures made from atomically thin two-dimensional materials such as transition metal dichalcogenides that are embedded in optical microcavities. This research stems from the advanced experimental techniques pioneered in Sheffield.

You will join the Low Dimensional Structures & Devices Group where this post has arisen as part of a large collaboration between Sheffield and Manchester funded by EPSRC that that will involve 4 investigators (A Tartakovskii and D Krizhanovskii in Sheffield, K Novoselov and V Falko in Manchester) supervising one postdoc each. On this project, you will work as part of the multi-disciplinary team of 4 postdoctoral researchers. In this project you will be supervised by Professor Alexander Tartakovskii. More information on 2D Materials group in Sheffield can be found at

You will have, or be about to obtain, a PhD in condensed matter physics (or related discipline) or have equivalent experience with strong experience in advanced optical spectroscopy. Experience in polariton and/or 2D materials physics is desirable.

The key duties of the role are as follows:

  • Design novel 2D heterostructures compatible with microcavity architecture in order to study new phenomena in the strong light-matter coupling regime.
  • Carry out optical characterization of 2D heterostructures fabricated by collaborators and other group members.
  • Design new optical spectroscopy experiments to study novel physics of 2D polaritons.
  • Carry out advanced optical studies of 2D heterostructures in the strong light-matter coupling regime.

We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and University.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

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