Research Officer - Electro-Optics and Transport Physics of Next Generation Semiconductors (Ser SAM Program)

Swansea University - Science


Scale 8 - £33,518 to £38,833 per annum together with USS pension benefits

This fixed term post has been funded for the period 1/3/2018 -28/2/2021 by a combination of European Regional Development Fund (through the Welsh European Funding Office), Welsh Government (the Office of the Chief Scientific Advisor to Wales) and internal university and College of Science support

Main Purpose of the Post

The Sêr SAM program (which includes the appointment of a new Sêr Cymru Research Chair Professor Paul Meredith) is funded by a combination of European Regional Development (through the Welsh European Funding Office), Welsh Government (the Office of the Chief Scientific Advisor to Wales) and internal university and College of Science support. The program spans the university forging new links to the emergent Department of Chemistry and Materials Engineering in the College of Engineering (SPECIFIC and the Sêr Solar program). 

The Sêr SAM program focuses on the development, understanding and applications of next generation sustainable advanced materials for applications such as solar energy, photodetection, sensing and bioelectronics. The program has three major inter-related Themes:

  1. Theme 1:Fundamental Materials and Device Physics;
  2. Theme 2: Optoelectronic Device Scaling; and
  3. Theme 3:Bioelectronics Fundamentals and Applications.

The Sêr SAM program will deliver world leading, transformative research in the Grand Challenge area of Advanced Engineering and Materials, with significant overlap and complementarity in the sectors of Low Carbon, Energy and the Environment, and Life Sciences and Health. Building on the recent Sêr Cymru investment in allied areas (as demonstrated by the Advanced Engineering and Materials National Research Network) the Sêr SAM program will strengthen and provide significant added value through the development of high-level skills and Knowledge Transfer activities in optoelectronics and the emerging field of bioelectronics.

Main Duties

The successful applicant will join a new group of multi-disciplinary scientists and engineers based in the Department of Physics but with projects and collaborators across the university. The program will have access to outstanding research facilities including full device fabrication clean rooms and glove boxes, device characterisation suite, evaporator systems, dedicated surface analysis, spectroscopy and microscopy, fast photophysics, ellipsometry and spectrophotometry, scale-up printing and processing, and arguably one of the most complete and comprehensive transport and electrical spectroscopy facilities yet developed (due for completion in 4th QTR 2017). This is an outstanding opportunity to help establish a major new effort in next generation advanced materials.  

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Professor Paul Meredith, at

This post will close at midnight 04/03/2018

Applicants will find full job details together with the online application link:

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and particularly welcome applications from diverse backgrounds.

Swansea University is a registered charity. No. 1138342.

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