Research Fellow

University of Surrey - Department of Physics

The Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) at the University of Surrey is looking to employ a full-time Post Doctoral Researcher for a fixed term position to participate in the EPSRC-funded "Hyperuniform Disordered Photonic Materials" project. This project aims to develop hyperuniform disordered nanophotonic structures in which geometrical and topological correlations are accurately controlled for the next-generation of photonic devices, including low-threshold micro-lasers and novel flexible optical micro-circuit architectures. The project is conducted in close collaboration with the experimental group of Dr Riccardo Sapienza at the Imperial College London.

The post holder will conduct theoretical and computational research in the area of nanophotonics, condensed matter and/or quantum optics and will be expected to collaborate closely with the academic and industrial partners and take part in the programme activities.

This post will focus on theoretical and computational aspects of hyperuniform disordered photonic materials including derivation of theoretical/analytical models and computational frameworks to describe photon transport and light-matter interaction in disordered photonic-band gap structures; characterisation of various lasing regimes in hyperuniform disordered structures, including band-edge, defect-mode and random-like lasing; and design and optimisation of hyperuniform disordered structures. The successful candidate will also contribute to the wider research effort of the group and will support the theoretical/computational work of Ph.D. students.

In addition to conducting nano-photonics research and acquiring new knowledge and skills, there is a strong ethos of academic support for postdoctoral career development within the research group and the ATI as a whole.

The successful candidate should hold a PhD in a related field and have a strong research track record. Background in photonic band gap materials and disordered photonics and past experience in collaborating with experimental groups and industrial partners is an advantage.


Informal enquires can be made to Dr Marian Florescu ( and additional information about the research in the group is available at

The position is available immediately and the expected start date is 4 December 2017. This is a fixed term contract for one year, currently funded until November 2018.

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£30,688) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate. Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£31,604).

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