Research Scientist

Chromosol Ltd

Appointment period: 18 months
Location: Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London

Chromosol Ltd is a spin out from Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) which will commercialise an optical amplifier technology. The Research Scientist will work with Prof William Gillin the CTO of Chromosol Ltd and Director of the Materials Research Institute at QMUL. This role will focus on the characterisation of organic erbium complexes and chromophore materials for applications in silica on silicon waveguides. The role will have to manage a collaboration with University of Southampton (UoS) who will supply the substrates and involve developing waveguide structures with optimised organic cladding layers to maximise gain in the signal passing through the waveguide.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • Perform optical and physical characterisation (UV-Vis, ellipsometry, time resolved photoluminescence, AFM, XRD, TGA)
  • Undertake preliminary theoretical calculations of the materials (JO Analysis, FRET calculations, etc).
  • Design of silica on silicon waveguide structures optimised for organic optical amplifiers.
  • Fabrication of organic optical amplifiers and their characterisation.
  • Prepare presentations to update on the progress and report to the Chromosol Board
  • Prepare manuscripts reporting results of the project, to be sent to peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Be responsible, under the general guidance of Prof. Gillin for undertaking the programme of work.
  • Assist in the Supervision of PhD students working on areas related to this project.
  • Maintain a detailed written experimental log book.
  • Ensure that all research is undertaken according to good research practice and guidance
  • Keep up to date with subject related and professional issues
  • Comply with Chromosol Workplace Practices and relevant University policies and regulations

The above list of responsibilities is not exhaustive and the jobholder may be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the level of the role, as reasonable requested by their line manager.

This job description sets out the duties of the post at the time it was drawn up. Such duties may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or level of the responsibility entailed. Such variations are a common occurrence and cannot in themselves justify a reconsideration of the grading of the post.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD and/or equivalent professional experience in Organic Lanthanide Physics and Organic Deposition
  • Undergraduate degree in relevant subject or equivalent experience

Required knowledge skills and experience

  • Experience in appropriate research techniques including:
    • Vacuum deposition of Organic materials
    • Time Resolved Optical spectroscopy
    • Waveguide Design and Characterisation
    • Characterisation of Energy Transfer in Organic Systems
    • Design and characterisation of waveguides
    • Optical gain/loss measurements in waveguides
    • AFM/XRD Characterisation experience
  • Knowledge of the following research fields:
    • Pi-conjugated organic materials
    • Organic electronics
    • Organic photonics
    • Materials science
  • Able to independently communicate and interact with collaborators
  • Able to work effectively alone as well as within a group
  • Good communication skills (English - written and oral)
  • Able to organise and prioritise own work and organise research within the project timetable
  • Practical problem solving under time constraints and the ability to work to deadlines
  • The ability to learn quickly and assimilate large amounts of information, and present this confidently

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to

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