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Research Associate in Theoretical Physics

Cardiff University - School of Physics & Astronomy

Location: Cardiff
Salary: £33,199 to £39,609 Grade 6, per annum, dependent upon experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th November 2018
Closes: 24th November 2018
Job Ref: 7982BR

Optical decoherence and coherent coupling of excitons in quantum dots embedded in photonic cavities.

Within an EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) funded project, the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University is seeking to appoint a research associate in theoretical physics, in the area of phonon-induced optical decoherence in semiconductor quantum dots, quantum dot-cavity quantum electrodynamics, and coherent acoupling of excitons in quantum dots. The research scientist will study theoretically the acoustic-phonon induced dephasing, excitonic absorption and photoluminescence in quantum dots coupled to optical cavities, as well as the Foerster transfer in electronically decoupled quantum dots with account for the acoustic-phonon environment. The main theoretical methods to be used in this project will be Trotter’s decomposition and matrix cumulant expansion.

The research will be carried out in the group of Dr. Egor Muljarov and Prof. Wolfgang Langbein, as part of a team encompassing two research associates and three PhD students and in the environment of the condensed matter and photonics group encompassing 20 academics.

Please submit with your completed application form your full CV and a statement of research interests and career goals (2 pages max) addressing the criteria in the person specifications.

More information about the post may be obtained by contacting Dr Egor Muljarov (

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

This role is full-time (35 hour per week) fixed-term for 11 months. The role is available from 1st January 2019.

Salary: £33,199 - £39,609 per annum, dependent upon experience (Grade 6)

Closing date: Saturday, 24 November 2018

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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