Research Fellow in Experimental Photonics Ref 6557

School/department:  Mathematical and Physical Sciences /Physics and Astronomy
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0FTE
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term initially for 1 year with the possibility of extension for another 2 years
Reference: 6557
Salary: starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on:  3 August 2021
Closing date:  13 September 2021   Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: 24 September 2021
Expected start date: 31 October 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter

Job description

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Experimental Photonics at the Emergent Photonics Lab in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex.

The duration of the position is originally for 1 year with the possibility of an extension for a further 2 years based on research requirements. The position is part of the ERC funded project TELSCOMBE-Temporal Laser Cavity-Solitons for Microcombs (for a value of about £1,200,000) – led by Dr Alessia Paquazi.

It involves the development of novel approaches towards the realisation of compact httoptical frequency combs in microresonators.  Key to the project success are elements directly inherited from nonlinear photonics, fibre photonics, mode-locked lasers and optical frequency combs. This project transversely intersects the kernel of our research interests. The outcomes are likely to have a key impact in several domains, from quantum technologies to environmental sensing, metrology, manufacturing, and others.

The successful applicant should have a PhD in a field related to our research areas, nonlinear photonics, ultrafast photonics, nonlinear wave propagation,  and background preferably intersecting soliton theory and optical complexity with a good publication record.

Previous experimental experience with photonic benches implementation would be desirable, along with basic knowledge of ultrafast laser operation and a history of international involvement and aggressive publication strategy.

Evidence of potential leadership, independence and a strong motivation are also essential. Some of the typical tasks for this position include the operation of ultrafast fibre-lasers and optical frequency combs, the design of optical benches, the acquisition of data using fast electronics and their analysis.

The Emergent Photonics Laboratory directed by Alessia Pasquazi and Marco Peccianti, has been established at the University of Sussex with an investment exceeding £6M in equipment and a number research-supporting fellowships and personal grants. Our research aims to develop new photonic technologies, spanning from integrated ultrafast optical devices to optical clocks and THz technology.

The laboratory staff is currently formed by six PhD students, four Post-Docs and two faculty members. Lab activities involve a variable number (four to six) of MPhys and MSc students and internship students.

The successful candidate is expected to actively engage in our research plans, to provide guidance to undergraduate and postgraduate students, to participate in the strategic planning of the group and to contribute to drafting successful research bids.

It is expected to travel among our network of collaborators. The salary offered will be appropriate to the qualifications, standing and experience of the successful candidate.

 Please contact Dr Alessia Pasquazi ( for informal enquiries.

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex.

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

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How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 110.00KB] and fill in all sections.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

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You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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