Research Associate in Semiconductor Quantum Optics

Cardiff University

As part of a major investment programme in compound semiconductor science and technology, Cardiff University seeks a talented, motivated postdoctoral researcher with practical expertise in Semiconductor Quantum Optics to join the Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS), supported by funding from the Sêr Cymru Chair in Advanced Engineering and Materials.

The Research Programme

The envisioned research targets III-V semiconductors for quantum light emission, within nanostructured devices. Funding has been allocated for a newly equipped lab for high resolution optical spectroscopy, photon counting and quantum optics. Broader interests within the Institute include quantum technology, remote sensing, medical imaging and communication with local, international and industrial collaborations. 

The ICS and Sêr Cymru research group form part of > £300m investment in new research and innovation centres, and its potential is already recognised by the Welsh and UK governments, who have invested over £29m towards its creation. The ICS will be a unique facility in Europe, equipped with epitaxy, state-of-the art fabrication and device characterisation facilities. Stimulated by demand for creative and professional prototyping service, the ICS provides an environment to grow academic research and industrial projects.

Candidates will have a PhD in Engineering, Physics or closely-related subject focusing on semiconductor optics (III-V). Experience of experimental work in an optics lab and of III-V processing are essential. Desirable criteria include labview programming, device modelling and knowledge of quantum optics. You will have a strong research record demonstrated through publications in high quality academic journals; experience participating in research proposals and research/industry-based groups with proven ability to network effectively with academics and outside academia.

This post is full time, and fixed-term for 3 years.

Please submit a CV, publication record and cover letter in which you address how you meet the criteria laid out below.

For informal enquiries please email Dr Anthony Bennett on

For further details about working in Cardiff University please contact: Miss Glesni Lloyd (

Date advert posted: Friday, 17 November 2017

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University and the School of Physics and Astronomy are committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity. Our inclusive environment welcomes applications from talented people from diverse backgrounds. We strongly welcome female applicants and those from any ethnic minority group, as they are underrepresented in our School. The School of Physics & Astronomy has a Juno Practitioner accreditation that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. The University is committed to ensuring that we sustain a positive working environment for all staff to flourish and achieve. As part of this commitment, the University has developed a flexible and responsive framework of procedures to support staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible. Applications are welcome from individuals who wish to work part-time or full time.

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