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Research Associate/Scientific Officer

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Science - Department of Physics and Astronomy

Location: Sheffield
Salary: £32,344 to £35,326 per annum (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 31st August 2021
Closes: 27th September 2021
Job Ref: UOS029960

Contract Type: Fixed term to start as soon as possible with an end date of 13 November 2024  


This Postdoctoral Research Associate/Scientific Officer post arises from a large capital equipment grant designed to establish and run the interdisciplinary Near-Field Optical Spectroscopy Centre in Sheffield ( This position will combine the roles of a Scientific Officer for supporting multiple research projects of academic and industrial users, as well as the role of a Research Associate for pursuing own research projects (for which one day a week will be made available).

The initial funding for this post is up to 36 months (the length of the initial contract depends on the candidate start date in the post). The Scientific Officer position is essential for the successful operation of the Centre in the future, and funding will be sought to support this post beyond the initial contract.

The interdisciplinary Near-Field Optical Spectroscopy Centre (NOSC) will provide a unique capability in Europe in pioneering optical nano-spectroscopy for physicists, chemists, biologists and engineers. The novel optical nano-spectroscopy techniques will be based on measuring the scattered and emitted light from a variety of samples with 10 nm spatial resolution. This deep sub-diffraction resolution is achieved by focusing light on the sample with a tip of an Atomic Force Microscope, and then through analysis of the signal via various interferometric techniques.

We expect that the facility will be used by many researchers from Sheffield and other universities and industry in the UK, and will facilitate in delivering transformative research and development programmes encompassing the themes of Energy, Advanced Materials, Healthcare Technologies, Life Sciences, Photonics, Quantum Technologies etc.

You will have a strong background in scanning probe techniques, data analysis and automation of experimental set-ups, and have completed or be in the final stages of your PhD (or have equivalent experience). Expertise in optical spectroscopy and other types of material characterization is highly desirable.

Please address all formal and informal inquiries to Prof Alexander Tartakovskii at

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