Physics: Optics and Laser, Physics: Photonics, Physics: Sensors
Living Systems Institute - College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to support the work of Professor Frank Vollmer. This full-time post is available immediately on a fixed term basis for up to 36 months from the start date.
Summary of the position
You will develop QUANTUM NANO-SENSORS for analysis of SINGLE-MOLECULES. You will integrate advanced quantum optical measurement technologies with single-molecule sensors pioneered in Prof Vollmer's laboratory to lead a paradigm shift in biomolecular detection and analysis. The quantum optical correlation based integrated sensing system will be one of a kind as this bring together three strong streams of photonics which will drive the research in photonics further i.e.,biophotonics, nanophotonics and quantum optics.
You will be part of a cutting-edge research programme that aims to achieve breakthroughs in how we detect, analyse, and manipulate molecules at the ultimate single-molecule level. The programme will develop novel quantum sensing capabilities which will be at the forefront of developments showing that the technique holds the key to the next generation of enabling analytical and healthcare technologies on sensor chips.
You have experience with the use of correlated single-photon sources and optical measurement techniques in quantum optics. You are passionate about applying quantum optics and nonlinear optics for biosensing and single-molecule studies. You have experience with a variety of laser-based measurement techniques including interferometry and metrology. You are excited about working as part of a multi-disciplinary team composed of phycisists, engineers, and biologists. You will work at the newly established Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter which provides state-of-the-art research facilities for realising one of the first quantum optical approaches to study the energetics and dynamics of biomolecular machines: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/livingsystems/
Extensive experience with quantum optics and integrated quantum emitters such as nitrogen vacancy centres, measurements with correlated single-photon sources, and non-linear optics is required. Familiarity with interferometry, metrology, andoptical precision measurements is desirable
Duties are to undertake research and fulfil other main duties and accountabilities associated with the position. You willbe able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.
Applicants will possess a PhD in Physics, Engineering or a related discipline and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in chemistry, surface chemistry, molecular machines,molecular electronics, or single-molecules and will be able to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.
For further information, please contact Professor Frank Vollmer, email F.Vollmer@exeter.ac.uk, or telephone (01392) 724771.
Interviews are expected to take place in mid-April 2019. This role may be subject to additional background screening. All applications must be made online via the University of Exeter website.
The starting salary will be from £35,211 up to £39,609 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.
The College is working towards department Silver Athena SWAN awards as a commitment to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
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