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
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.
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