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Research Associate In Harnessing Photonic Technologies For Deep-Tissue Imaging

Heriot-Watt University - School of Engineering and Physical Sciences: Institute of Photonics & Quantum Sciences

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £32,817 to £40,322
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 11th September 2019
Closes: 26th October 2019
Job Ref: IRC23011

Based in Heriot-Watt’s Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences, you will join the group of Dr Richard McCracken which is focused on ultrafast laser development and applications, with research areas including multiphoton microscopy, mid-infrared single-photon generation, and frequency combs for astronomy. Dr McCracken’s research is closely aligned with the activities in the Ultrafast Optics group led by Prof. Derryck Reid.

The position is funded by STFC and will last for 33 months. 

This project aims to develop a cavity-dumped optical parametric oscillator (OPO) for three-photon microscopy of biological systems. It also aims to demonstrate a compact sub-harmonic OPO producing pulses with variable repetition frequencies, and compare its performance to the cavity-dumped system. The project is a collaboration with Chromacity Ltd., who commercialized Heriot-Watt’s innovative ultrafast laser technology, and Scientifica Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of multiphoton microscopy systems.  The successful candidate will be confident working in a laser environment, ideally with experience of picosecond/femtosecond OPOs.  S/he will ideally have an understanding of ultrafast laser development, particularly in cavity design and dispersion control, and a familiarity with fibre optics and opto-mechanics.  Experience with MATLAB or other programming environment is essential, ideally with elements of instrument control and data acquisition.  The project may involve some field work, including travelling to life-sciences laboratories in the UK and abroad.  As the project goals are realised, the candidate will be encouraged to participate in knowledge transfer to the industrial partners.

A PhD in an appropriate technical discipline, or the expectation of obtaining this by the start of the project.  Suitable candidates may come from a diverse range of backgrounds including physics, chemistry, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

For application details and further information please go to: www.hw.ac.uk/apply-jobs

   
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