The University of Exeter is a Russell Group University in the top one percent of institutions globally. In the last few years we have invested strategically to deliver more than £350 million worth of new facilities across our campuses with plans for another £330 million of investment. The Living Systems Institute (LSI) is a major new initiative designed to promote interdisciplinary research that transcends the boundaries of mathematics, engineering and the biological, medical and physical sciences. The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences now wishes to recruit a Research Fellow to be based in the Living Systems Institute to support the research of Professor Frank Vollmer. This position is available from 1 December 2016 for a fixed term period of three years.
College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Living Systems Institute
Research Fellow (Ref. P54237)
The starting salary will be from £33,574 to £37,768 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.
The research project will develop a novel optical biosensor platform for single molecule studies. Specifically, the linear and non-linear optical properties of whispering gallery mode sensors will be investigated in the context of single molecule biosensing. Novel optical signal transduction schemes will be explored. Photonic and multiphysics simulations will be developed to optimize the biosensor setup. In a second part of the project, the optical properties of single biomolecules will be studied. Suitable microfluidics will be developed.
Applicants will possess a PhD in experimental physics, optics, or a related discipline and will have gained postdoctoral experience in a research laboratory or similar environment. The successful candidate will be familiar with the engineering, analysis and applications of photonic systems and have conducted previous work on optical microcavities such as whispering gallery modes or photonic crystals. Experience with linear and nonlinear optics, nanophotonic structures, photon statistics is essential and some experience with the optical detection of biomolecules is desirable. Applicants should also have solid knowledge in microfabrication of integrated photonics and microfluidics devices as well as in modelling and simulation of photonic devices and be adept in the use of numerical physics simulation software such as COMSOL.
The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, be experienced in supervising the work of students and be able to act as team leader as required.
For further information please send an email for the attention of Professor Frank Vollmer to email@example.com
Applications should be made via our website. For more information and to apply online please go to www.exeter.ac.uk/jobs Please quote reference number P54237 in any correspondence.
The closing date for completed applications is 5th October 2016.
The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer which is 'Positive about Disabled People'. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.
The department is proud to have a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of their commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects. All of the University of Exeter’s STEM/M departments hold an Athena SWAN award.