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Higher Research Scientist / Senior Research Scientist - Microresonators

National Physical Laboratory

Location: Teddington
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 12th October 2018
Closes: 6th November 2018
Job Ref: 66128

NPL is the UK`s National Measurement Institute providing the measurement expertise that underpins UK prosperity and quality of life. From unhackable quantum communications and superfast 5G to antibiotic alternatives and more effective cancer diagnosis/treatments; technological advances must be built on a foundation of reliable measurement to succeed. Building on over a century`s worth of expertise, NPL`s science, engineering and technology makes this possible. 

In line with significant organisational growth and transformation plans, NPL has a clear vision "to be an exemplary National Laboratory that undertakes excellent science and engineering and uses this to deliver extraordinary impact for the UK". We also clearly define our mission "to provide the measurement capability that underpins the UK`s prosperity and quality of life".

There is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated scientist to join NPL’s Time and Frequency group to work on microresonator-based optical frequency combs for optical clocks and on nonlinear interaction of counterpropagating light for applications ranging from precision sensing to nonreciprocal devices for integrated photonics circuits. More information about the research team can be found at
This work will use ultra-high-Q microresonators, which enable the confinement of extremely high levels of optical power into tiny micron-scale volumes. This allows nonlinear optical effects to be observed at extremely low threshold powers, making microresonators ideal components for future generations of integrated photonic circuits. NPL has a cleanroom and advanced fabrication facilities for ultra-high-Q microresonators.

The skilled candidate will work on microresonator-based frequency comb systems for use in the next generation of optical clocks. Optical clocks are currently the most precise instruments for time measurements and will most likely replace caesium microwave clocks as the standard for the definition of the second within the next decade. Microresonator-based frequency combs are promising tools to enable precise readout of the next generation of compact and portable optical clocks.

The ideal candidate will be qualified to PhD level in physics, electronic engineering or a related subject, potentially with postdoctoral experience. However, graduates who can demonstrate significant relevant experience and the potential to carry out independent research will also be considered for the position. The ideal candidate will have experience in the following research areas:

• Photonics
• Fiber optics
• Laser physics
• Nonlinear optics
• Digital and analogue electronics

The role will be based in Teddington, with occasional travelling to conferences and workshops.

We will be reviewing applications prior to the official close date, so we may change the close date if needed.

Based in a unique, purpose-built research environment, we are located in beautiful surroundings on the edge of Bushy Park, south-west London with a host of onsite facilities. These include a subsidised crèche, restaurant and free parking. 

NPL Management Limited is committed to supporting its people to develop both personally and professionally and is committed to equal opportunities. NPL Management Limited is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and an Institute of Physics Project Juno Practitioner.

Closing date: 6th November 2018

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