Research Associate/Fellow (THz S-Laser) (fixed term)

Nothingham University

United Kingdom

November 9, 2021


Research Associate/Fellow (THz S-Laser) (fixed term)



Closing Date

Tuesday, 9th November 2021

Job Type



Physics & Astronomy


£27924 to £40927 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £31406 with relevant PhD). Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance

Applications are invited for the role of Research Associate/Fellow to carry out experimental research on terahertz (THz) acoustoelectric effects in quantum semiconductor heterostructures, with the aim of developing a new class of device which integrates the functions of a THz Saser (sound amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation) and THz Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) to achieve on-chip high-speed modulation of the THz radiation. The Fellow will work within the THz Acoustics group in the School of Physics and Astronomy. The THz acoustics group is part of the larger Experimental Condensed Matter and Nanoscience (ECMN) research grouping.

The successful candidate will work on the design and fabrication of saser devices for generating coherent acoustic phonons and characterise these using picosecond laser acoustic (pump-probe) and bolometric detection techniques. They will then work with colleagues at the University of Leeds School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering to integrate the saser devices with QCLs to create the new device called an S-Laser.

In addition to two well-equipped THz acoustics laboratories, where the research will be based, the Fellow will have access to the wider facilities of the ECMN grouping, including microfabrication clean rooms. The Fellow will also benefit from membership of a large and diverse condensed matter research group in Nottingham and from being part of a multi-institutional interdisciplinary research project.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate excellent experimental research skills, the ability to build effective scientific collaborations within and outside of their research group and institution and have excellent written and oral communication skills. Full details can be found in the role profile.

This post, which is funded by a research grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, is full-time (36.25 hrs/week) and fixed term until 30 November 2024, starting on/before 1st December 2021. Job share arrangements may be considered.

Holiday entitlement of 30 days plus bank holidays and University closure days; a benefits package including contributory pension scheme and the opportunity to take advantage of staff benefit options enabling you to save money on childcare, shopping, travel and other services.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Anthony Kent Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

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