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Research Associate - Single-photon Imaging

Heriot-Watt University

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 13th October 2021
Closes: 27th October 2021
Job Ref: 1548

The Single-Photon Group at Heriot-Watt are seeking a Research Associate to investigate aspects of single-photon imaging, in particular underwater imaging. The Group have a long–standing track record in researching ground-breaking single photon detection and applications in quantum communications and single-photon imaging. With single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) detectors, we initiated and led collaborations to produce the first custom-designed InGaAs/InP single-photon avalanche diode detector (2006), first strained SiGe SPAD (2002), and custom-designed Ge-on-Si SPAD (2013), and first planar Ge-on-Si SPAD (2018)

This role is offered on a full-time, fixed-term basis for 13 months with possibility of extension. Grade and Salary: 7 £33,309 - £40,927 per annum.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with colleagues to devise and perform experiments, modelling and analysis consistent with the goals of the project.
  • Write research reports and publications. Analyse and interpret the results of own research and generate original ideas based on outcomes. Prepare proposals and applications to external bodies. Use initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the research portfolio.
  • Assist the development of student research skills, contribute to the assessment of student knowledge (particularly PhD students) in the context of teaching and supervision duties.
  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research with the assistance of a mentor, if required. Conduct individual and collaborative research projects, making use of relevant research techniques and methods. Disseminate results of research in peer reviewed journals and conferences.
  • Contribute, under supervision, to the planning of research projects, including the development of new grant/contract proposals.
  • Scientific research; analysis and interpretation of data; daily oversight of the activities of postgraduate and undergraduate project students in the laboratory; communication with other investigators involved in this collaborative project; preparation of scientific papers; presentation of research at conferences.
  • Conduct and lead your own experiments whilst also supervising the activities of junior group members and PhD students.
  • Day-to-day maintenance of the experimental facilities, liaising with companies and external collaborators.

Essential Criteria

  • A PhD in Physics or relevant area of electrical engineering. (Applicants should have submitted their PhD thesis first draft by the start date.)
  • Possess and maintain sufficient breadth or depth of specialist discipline knowledge in imaging and or research methods and techniques to work the area of imaging using single-photon techniques.
  • Strong theoretical understanding and thorough grounding in experimental techniques relevant to the project.
  • Working knowledge of free-space optics, optical instrumentation, and practical optical design.
  • Experience of programming for data acquisition (e.g. MATLAB, Phyton, C/C++), analysis of data, and interfacing with multiple parts of equipment.
  • Ability to formulate and progress work on their own initiative.
  • Experience in writing and managing peer-reviewed papers.
  • Hands-on experimental work experience
  • Ability to articulate research work, both in technical reports/papers and by oral presentation.
  • Must be able to work as part of a team at HWU and more widely with collaborators and industrial partners.

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