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Newton Research Fellow (104582-1021)

University of Warwick - Department of Physics

Location: Coventry
Salary: £31,406 to £40,927 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th October 2021
Closes: 26th October 2021
Job Ref: 1879949

Full time, fixed term position for 12 months.

The Department of Physics seeks to appoint a Research Fellow to support experimental activities in the Diamond Research Group as well as wider collaborations with other university research groups (both at Warwick and other institutions), the Spectroscopy Research Technology Platform (RTP) and industrial collaborators.

Current research programmes are focused on (i) understanding, controlling and exploiting the properties of colour centres and dopant atoms in diamond; (ii) developing quantum and classical sensors that exploit the extreme and unique combination of properties offered by diamond; (iii) developing and applying processing, functionalisation, and micro- and nano-fabrication techniques suitable for diamond, and; (iv) developing new techniques in magnetic and optical spectroscopy.

The research group makes use of a wide variety of microscopic and spectroscopic techniques including, but not limited to, optical absorption, photoluminescence, thermoluminescence, phosphorescence, cathodoluminescence, electron paramagnetic resonance (continuous wave, rapid-scan and pulsed), optically detected magnetic resonance (ensemble and single centre) and hybrid techniques where perturbations such as stress and electric fields are used to probe electronic structure and control quantum systems.

A diverse range of material processing methods including electron irradiation, ion implantation, femto-second laser machining and rapid thermal annealing are used to introduce or modify functional defects in diamond; we also employ fabrication techniques such as nano-second laser machining, mechanical polishing, etching, lithography and metal/insulator deposition to produce samples configured for experimental study as well as prototype diamond devices.

Applicants should possess or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics, chemistry, engineering, material science or a related field and have a background appropriate for addressing the challenges described above. Good communication skills and inter-personal skills are essential. You must be capable of working within a broader research team, demonstrating excellent written and verbal communication skills, and maintaining a current knowledge of the academic literature and industrial exploitation landscape.

If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure. Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure.

Please direct all informal inquiries to Professor Mark Newton (

Interview Date: 1 November 2021

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role can be found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick’s jobs pages. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button.

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