Research Assistant/Research Associate in Nanoscale Sculpturing of Single Photons with Dielectrics

Imperial College London - Experimental Solid State Group, Department of Physics- Natural Sciences

South Kensington Campus

Salary Range: Research Assistant: £32,380 - £34,040.00 per annum

                         Research Associate: £36,800.00 - £44,220 per annum

Fixed Term: 24 months, starting 1 January 2018

The Experimental Solid State Physics group are looking for a Research Assistant/Associate to develop bright nanoscale quantum sources of single and pair photons through nanoscale dielectric antennas and cavities. You will study quantum emitters coupled to sculptured electromagnetic modes in nano-dielectric architectures which boost light-matter interactions by many
orders of magnitude, without the absorption, quenching and heating drawbacks of plasmonics. This is a joint project between Prof. Stefan Maier and Dr. Riccardo Sapienza, our team encompasses expertise in nano-photonics, plasmonics, single molecule spectroscopy, and photonic local density of state mapping by cathodoluminescence spectroscopy. The successful candidate should expect to be involved in both construction of new high precision optical spectroscopy setups using lasers as well as optical design of the nanostructures which will be nano-fabricated.

Research Assistant will be about to complete and Research Associate will have a PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Engineering or related disciplines or equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience. Experience in optical measurements on the nanoscale and/or at the single-molecule/single-photon level, experimental nanophotonics and nanophotonic modelling is essential. In addition to proven experimental skills the candidate should ideally have experience in working across disciplinary boundaries. Experience in the field of plasmonics and nano-optics would be desirable, as well as confocal microscopy.

The role of the post holder in the team will be to lead the experimental study of single and pair photon generation in nanostructured dielectric environments. You will also contribute to the wider research effort of the group and will support the experimental work of two Ph.D. students. In addition to conducting nano-photonics research and acquiring new knowledge and skills as a result, there is a strong ethos of academic support for postdoctoral career development within the research group and the department as a whole.

You will also be motivated, organised, work well in a team and independently, be willing to help assist research students and display enthusiasm to work on topics relevant to nanophotonics and quantum optics. Collaboration with colleagues in other Departments is also crucially important.

Our preferred method of application is online via our website: Please download the following form and save to your computer. Once completed, please upload your application form prior to submitting your application.

Applications must include:

  • A college application form quoting job reference number NS2017185NT
  • A full CV
  • A 2 page research statement indicating what you see are interesting research issues relating to the above post and why your expertise is relevant.

Should you have any queries regarding the application process contact Ms Juraci Didone, Group Administrator, Email:;

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Closing Date: 24 October 2017 (Midnight BST)

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. The Department of Physics is also an IoP JUNO Champion and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner.

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