Research Associate/Fellow

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

September 26, 2022


Research Associate/Fellow

Job Purpose

The post holder will make a leading contribution to develop heterogeneously integrated narrow linewidth lasers, photonic integrated circuits and MEMS vacuum cells for atomic systems working with Profs. Douglas Paul and Marc Sorel at the University of Glasgow as part of the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Timing.

The goal of the project is to develop photonic integrated circuits with all the optical components required for a miniature atomic clock working in collaboration with the Universities of Strathclyde, Birmingham, Southampton, Nottingham, Sussex, Imperial College London and NPL.

The project requires a person with experience in one or a number of the following areas of research: micro/nano-fabrication, narrow-linewidth semiconductor laser diodes, photonic integrated circuits, MEMS, wafer bonding, heterogeneous integration, photonics for controlling atomic systems. Experience of the electrical and optical characterisation of photonic devices is essential. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.

For appointment at grade 8 some post doctorial experience in multiple areas as listed above, or at the interdisciplinary interface and / or some expertise in running a team would be required

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following activities in conjunction with the Principal/Co Investigator:

  • Take a role in the planning and conduct of assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and project/group/School/College research strategy.
  • To undertake fabrication of a range of devices for miniature atomic systems which may include photonic integrated circuit, narrow-linewidth lasers, MEMS vacuum cells and the heterogeneous integration of these devices using processing tools in the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre.
  • To use electromagnetic and photonic modelling software packages to design and model the photonic devices.
  • To characterise the photonics devices optically and electrically using lasers, alignment systems and other optical and electrical characterisation tools and components.
  • Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.
  • To liaise with academic and industrial partners to update on progress and enable efficient collaboration.
  • Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research strategy.
  • Presentation of work at international and national conferences, at internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research profile.
  • Take a role in the identification of potential funding sources and to assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research.
  • Take a role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the research group/School/College/University and wider community.
  • Take a role in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and School research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College.
  • Help in the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the project team to ensure their effective development.
  • Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.
  • Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.
  • Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the PI. For appointment at grade 8
  • Take the lead in identifying and attracting new sources of independent and external research funding and researchers into this research area as opportunities permit to support future research.
  • To present research findings at high profile national and international conferences, seminars and meetings to raise the profile of the research group in order to enhance the research strength of the school.
  • To make a leading contribution to the management of the team/project and sustain an enhanced level of academic outputs and profile.
  • These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks which the staff member may be reasonably expected to perform.

    Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



    A1 An awarded PhD or equivalent in Engineering, Physics, Materials Science or a related area (or having submitted a PhD thesis prior to taking up the appointment).

    A2 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions in the use of photonic integrated circuits, narrow-linewidth semiconductor lasers, MEMS devices or heterogeneous integration of photonic systems.

    A3 Knowledge of specialist software for photonic systems e.g. electromagnetic / device simulation software (Lumerical, Synopsis, COMSOL or equivalent).

    For appointment at grade 8


    A4 Some reputation in, and insight into, a relevant internationally competitive research area.

    A5 Knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area


    B1. Knowledge of photonic device physics including lasers, photodetectors, waveguides, beamsplitters, couplers, microrings, modulators, polarisation control, lenses and atomic transistions.

    B2. Knowledge of characterisation of photonic components.



    C1 Proven skills in a field relevant to at least one of the following: photonic integrated circuits, narrow-linewidth semiconductor lasers, MEMS, heterogeneous integration

    C2 Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability

    C3 Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely

    C4 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach

    C5 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills

    C6 Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills as appropriate

    C7 Self motivation, initiative and independent thought/working

    C8 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach

    C9 Good Team Leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills

    For appointment at Grade 8


    C10 Able to work both individually as well as part of a team and manage staff members as appropriate to disseminate findings to colleagues;

    C11 Strong cross-discipline collaborative ability, including evidence of working across industry and academia; C12 Able to work in both industrial and academic environments with a good understanding of key legislative and policy frameworks



    E1 Sufficient relevant research experience

    E2 Experience in deep learning

    E3 Experience of programming in a scientific or industrial setting

    E4 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner

    E5 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences

    For Appointment at Grade 8


    E6 Experience of deep learning, medical image analysis, and ideally genetic and biomarker studies

    E7 Experience of leading and contributing to applications for research grants

    E8 Experience in undertaking independent experimental, theoretical and applied research

    Terms and Conditions

    Salary will be Grade 7/8, £37,471 - £42,155 / £46,047 - £53,353 per annum.

    This post is full time, and has funding for up to 24 months

    As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

    As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

    1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

    2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www., benefits and discount packages.

    3 A flexible approach to working.

    4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing https: // www.

    We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www.

    We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

    We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. for more information.

    Vacancy Ref : 095988 Close Date : 26-Sep-2022 23:45

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