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Research Associate in Solid State Quantum Optics

Imperial College London - Department of Physics, Experimental Solid State Group

Location: London
Salary: £40,215 to £47,579 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 26th March 2020
Closes: 27th April 2020
Job Ref: NAT00691

Salary: Research Associate: £40,215 - £47,579 per annum                       

Summary of Post

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to join our research team in the Experimental Solid State Group in the Department of Physics. Applicants will be experimentalists with experience in semiconductor physics, nanophotonics, and optoelectronics. This is a fixed term post to work on nanoscale optoelectronic systems ranging from conventional to novel low-dimensional semiconductor materials coupled with metal or dielectric nanostructures and optical microcavities, with a focus on optical pump/probe and electrical transport measurements.

The post is associated with two of our research projects with the common theme being the quantum optics of inorganic semiconductor materials. The Reactive Plasmonics (RPLAS) programme (EPSRC EP/M013812/1) encompasses interdisciplinary research into novel disruptive approaches to the use of nanostructures for enhancing the functionality of nanophotonic, optoelectronic, biophotonic and photochemical applications that go beyond the limits of current technologies. Our “Near-equilibrium thermalised quantum light” project (EPSRC EP/S000755/1) involves the use of III-V semiconductor heterostructures and other low dimensional materials to explore the Bose-Einstein Condensation of light in optical cavities.

Duties and responsibilities

You will contribute to independent and original research within the Experimental Solid State Physics Group, submit publications to refereed journals and assist with the administration of the Research Group. You will be self-motivated and be able to work alongside and aid graduate students. Interdisciplinary research and collaboration with theoreticians in other groups of the Department of Physics is an important aspect of this project

Essential requirements

You must have  a PhD (or equivalent) in Physical Science or a closely related discipline

In addition to the above, it is essential to the project that you are able to demonstrate:

  • Evidence of outstanding promise and originality in research, demonstrated by a good publication record, commensurate with your career stage
  • Experience in inorganic semiconductor physics
  • Experience in optical spectroscopy and ultrafast pump/probe measurements

In addition, experience in the following areas is desirable:

  • Low noise photoconductivity and other electrical measurements
  • Low dimensional semiconductor materials
  • Computational electromagnetic simulation
  • Microcavity physics
  • Imaging and Microscopy
  • Nonlinear Optics

Further information

More information about the Department of Physics, the Experimental Solid State Physics and the staff benefits that we offer can be found on our webpages.

This post is available for up to 20 months, with possibility of extension.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr Rupert Oulton, email:

Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Mrs Juraci Didone, Section Administrator, email:

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The Department of Physics is an IoP JUNO Champion and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive and highly motivated community.

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