Research Assistant/Associate in Gallium Nitride Quantum Photonics (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge
December 07, 2023
Offerd Salary:£29,605 - £33,966
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Research Assistant/Associate in Gallium Nitride Quantum Photonics (Fixed


A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on Gallium Nitride quantum photonic devices.

The post holder will be located in West Cambridge Cambridgeshire, UK.

The Research Assistant/Associate will join the Integrated Quantum Photonics group, based in the Nanoscience Centre at the University of Cambridge, a newly founded research group that works on simulation, nanofabrication and optical characterisation of nano- and quantum photonic devices, integrating quantum light emitters.

They will work on a research project focused on the investigation of the emission properties of quantum dots and defect centres in Gallium Nitride, in particular when coupled to plasmonic devices, like metallic nano-rings see Applied Physics Letters 111, 021109 (2017), Applied Physics Letters 112, 221102 (2018), Applied Physics Letters 120, 081103 (2022), arXiv:2305.06333v1 (2023).

The researcher will work on the design, nanofabrication and optical characterisation of the devices via time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy and quantum optic techniques, down to cryogenic temperatures.

The goal of the project is to realise a monolithic, scalable source of quantum light for quantum communication and imaging.

Education & qualifications: Applicants should have, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, or related areas.

Specialist knowledge & skills: Quantum photonics, quantum optics, nano-photonics, nanofabrication, Finite- Difference Time-Domain simulations, spectroscopy of quantum dots.

Interpersonal & communication skills: Very good interpersonal and communications skills, including writing scientific manuscripts and delivery of oral presentations.

Relevant experience: Experience in spectroscopy and quantum optics is highly desirable. Experience in simulations and nanofabrication are desirable but not essential.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

The initial appointment will be for 1 year but it can be extended (funding already secured for three years), pending satisfactory performances and mutual agreement.

For more information about the project, please contact Dr Luca Sapienza ([email protected]). For more information about the research activities of the group, visit www.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £29,605 - £33,966 Research Associate: £36,024 - £44,263

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please upload your CV, research publication list, and covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. Additional documents uploaded, which have not been requested, will not be considered as part of your application. Submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

For queries of a technical nature related to the role, contact Dr Luca Sapienza ([email protected]). For queries on the application process, contact: Sue Murkett, email: [email protected] (Tel + 44 1223 760304).

Please quote reference NM39375 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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  • Department/Location

    Department of Engineering, West Cambridge, Cambridegshire, UK


    £29,605- £33,966 or £36,024- £44,263






    9 November 2023

    Closing date

    7 December 2023

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