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Research Associate in Silicon Photonics based Materials and Devices

The University of Manchester - Science and Engineering

Location: Manchester
Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum, depending on relevant experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th October 2021
Closes: 15th November 2021
Job Ref: SAE-017662

Job reference: SAE-017662

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 15/11/2021

Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum, depending on relevant experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

School/ Directorate: Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Hours per week: Full time

Contract Duration: From 1 December 2021 until 30 November 2023

A Research Associate role with Dr Iain Crowe and Prof Richard Curry is available immediately to develop silicon/silicon nitride/germanium based photonic integrated circuits (PICs) with enhanced functionality, through nanoscale material and device engineering. You will be working on an innovative project which is an essential part of a 5 year £7.8M EPSRC Programme Grant Nanoscale Advanced Materials Engineering (NAME) which is a collaboration between the University of Manchester, Imperial College London and the University of Leeds. The position is available from 1st December 2021 for 24 months in the first instance, extendable for up to 2 more years depending on performance and the strategic evolution of the project goals.

The overall aim of NAME is to revolutionise the design and delivery of functionality on demand at the nanoscale within advanced materials platforms and, through the development of new world-leading capabilities, we aim to transform the ability to exploit spin and photonics; address and harness thermal interactions; realise designer materials for quantum technologies; and in so doing, shape the UK and international advanced functional materials landscape. Your role will be to develop the necessary methods for the design (modelling) and optical characterisation (spectroscopy) of nano-scale engineered photonics platforms, as well as to develop protocols to further manipulate these materials and devices in situ, for example through atomic scale dopant manipulation. The project benefits from access to the P-NAME ion patterning tool as well as an entire suite of existing laser and spectroscopy facilities in the Photon Science Institute (PSI) in Manchester. 

You will work with Dr. Crowe’s and Prof Curry’s research teams, based in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Photon Science Institute and the Royce Institute. You should hold (or be nearing completion of) a postgraduate research degree (PhD or equivalent qualification), in a relevant science or engineering discipline and/or have significant experience of working in an optical spectroscopy laboratory environment. You will require knowledge of semiconducting nanomaterials, as well as having hands-on experience of performing spectroscopy of materials and devices at the micro- and nano-scale (e.g. micro-PL, micro-Raman) and advanced data analyses, including analytical modelling. You will need to work to strict deadlines and will possess excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of age, sex, gender (or gender identity), ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All appointments are made on merit.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered.

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