Research Fellow

University of Southampton - ORC - Research

BLAST, a £1m EPSRC funded programme, is developing new manufacturing processes enabled via highly customisable, rapid image-projection based laser-machining. The micro-scale, high-throughput manufacturing technique under development by the BLAST team opens up a wide range of possibilities, and will be leveraged with world-leading expertise to develop new paradigms in laser-based manufacturing.

We are seeking a candidate to join the BLAST programme in the large and enthusiastic research community of academics, post-docs, and PhD students at the University of Southampton’s world-leading Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC). The newly created BLAST group will have full use of a well-equipped ultrafast laser laboratory, and is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years. The team is responsible for developing new laser-manufacturing approaches which make use of beam-shaping technologies, which predominantly take the form of digital micromirror devices. The post-holder will produce samples using both the cleanroom facilities at the ORC and the laser facilities managed by the BLAST group. Additionally, modelling various light-matter interactions related to laser machining and imaging of micron-scale objects, to supporting and updating existing software automation used in the ultrafast laser laboratory will be required (mainly LabVIEW and MATLAB-based systems). The team makes use of both additive and subtractive patterning techniques, and specialises in ultrafast laser ablation and laser-induced transfer.

We are therefore seeking a researcher with experience relating to one or more of the following areas: femtosecond laser ablation; light propagation simulation; phase-retrieval algorithms; laser-induced forward and backward transfer; digital micromirror devices; programming with both LabVIEW and MATLAB. Basic familiarity with sample preparation via spin-coating, sputter deposition, and e-beam evaporation is desirable, as well as experience with analysis techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, Raman microscopy, stylus profiling, and interferometric methods.

The applicant will need to be confident interacting with the BLAST team as well as with our industrial collaborators. Travel to external research team meetings will be expected, as well as to conferences in the UK and overseas.

It is expected that the appointed candidate will be employed as a Research Fellow. However, if you feel that you have greater experience please apply stating that you would be interested to be considered for a Senior Researcher Fellow position.

For an informal discussion about the post please email Dr Ben Mills ( giving your contact details.

Application procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Ita Holmes (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote reference 919917EH on all correspondence.

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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