Research Fellowship in Applied Photonics (Manufacturing)

Heriot-Watt University

Research Fellowship in Applied Photonics (Manufacturing)

Salary: £31,604 - £38,833 or £39,991 - £47,722

This school-funded 4 year fixed term fellowship in the area of Applied Photonics (Manufacturing) is specifically designed for an experienced Research Associate/Fellow to develop an independent academic research career. The candidate will be expected to develop proposals for external funding in order to develop their own research team, as a constituent part of the Applied Optics and Photonics Group. Areas of research to be developed should be cognate with the Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-based Production Processes. Applicants are expected to demonstrate an excellent track record in research for their career stage, together with close links to relevant industrial and university partners.

This post is primarily research-focused, although the post-holder will also be required to contribute to teaching activity within the school, and to become a full member of the relevant teaching group. However the scale of teaching activity will reflect the research-focus of the role. The post-holder will be provided with clear targets for income generation, via application for external research funding. Provided that these targets are met, the post will transition into an open-ended Academic (Research and Teaching) position (nominally Assistant Professor) at the end of the 4 years.

In detail the post holder is required to:

  • Develop independent research activity that is cognate with the Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-based Production Processes
  • Supervise PhD students and other students who may be assisting with the research
  • Author research proposals, and submit for funding
  • Prepare and edit scientific papers
  • Present research findings at conferences
  • Undertake teaching duties as required by the school, including lecture delivery, tutorials, lab demonstration, student project supervision.
  • Participate in the broader work of the AOP Research Group, including industrial outreach e.g. at workshops, conferences or other meetings

Applicants must have a PhD together with postdoctoral experience; possess and maintain sufficient breadth and depth of specialist discipline knowledge, research methods and techniques to lead own research area and demonstrate leadership skills and experience

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Duncan Hand at

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts at Heriot-Watt.

For application details and further information please go to:

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