Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Nanowire Optics

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

October 15, 2021


Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Nanowire Optics

Department of Physics, Clarendon Laboratory, Parks Road, Oxford Grade 7: £33,309 - £35,326 per annum

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant who will work on a new EPSRC funded project entitled “Plasmon-enhanced light emission from hybrid nanowires: towards electrically driven nanowire lasers”.

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 33 months with the research focus being on optical spectroscopy of nanowires.

The aim of the project is to address a critical challenge in nanotechnology – the bottom-up synthesis of single core-shell nanowires involving both noble metals and semiconductors and to explore their potential for lasing by electrical injection. These hybrid nanowires will combine the strong light absorption of noble metals (by surface plasmon resonance) with the versatile optical properties of semiconductors to deliver significantly enhanced light emission yield and will offer new possibilities for developing on-chip nanophotonic devices. Key to this research is the helium droplet technology that allows core-shell nanowires to be grown atom-by-atom and layer-by-layer in a cold superfluid along one-dimensional quantized vortex lines, overcoming the major difficulty in conventional synthetic methods associated with the non-wetting between metals and semiconductors.

Through a multidisciplinary collaboration, principally between Oxford Physics and the Department of Chemistry at Leicester University, we will establish the scientific foundation that can potentially transform our new nanoscience discoveries into technological innovations in optical sensors, photovoltaics, electrical injection nanowire lasers and components in quantum computers.

The successful candidate will undertake optical experiments based on time- integrated and time-resolved micro-PL spectroscopy of the nanowires (grown in Leicester) at low and room temperature, and work on contacting the nanowires using e-beam and photo-lithography, and measuring their optoelectronic properties.

The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants should hold a PhD, or be close to completion in physics or a related field and have a strong background in the optoelectronic characterisation of devices, materials, and nanomaterials, and have experience with optical spectroscopy.

Experience with laboratory experimental automation software, particularly LabVIEW would be beneficial.

Applicants should be highly motivated and have excellent skills in working collaboratively, as part of a team. A good track record of high-quality publications is desirable. Having the ability to direct your own research and interpret your results independently is a must.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Prof Robert A. Taylor

Only applications received before midday (UK time) 15 October 2021 can be considered. You will be required to upload a statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Contact Person : HR team Vacancy ID : 153191 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 15-Oct-2021 12:00 Contact Email :

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