Vacancy Type/Job category
£30,942 - £40,322 per annum
University of Warwick - Coventry
Fixed Term Contract for up to 3 years from 1 September 2021
36.5 hours per week
The Department of Physics seeks to appoint an ambitious Research Fellow to
join the Ultrafast and Terahertz Photonics group at the University of Warwick.
The position is up to three years in duration with a start date of 1 September
Research goals will be related to developing and applying THz imaging and
spectroscopy techniques for biomedical applications. A particular focus will
be on developing a new class of THz imaging spectrometers based on multi-pixel
photoconductive THz emitters.
As part of the EPSRC Programme Grant “Terabotics”, you will regularly
communicate your findings within the consortium. You will be an excellent
researcher capable of working effectively both independently and as part of a
research team. You will possess excellent planning and time management skills
to ensure your research objectives are achieved effectively.
If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have
recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research
Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure. Upon successful award
of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow
on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure
Please direct all informal inquiries to Dr James Lloyd-Hughes (J.Lloyd-
Interview Date - TBC
Undertake research in order to support the work of the department and develop
and enhance its reputation, both internally and externally. Work with project
members in the successful execution of the project.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES
Research and scholarship
• Carry out research relating to development of THz imaging and spectroscopy
techniques for various applications.
• Fabricate THz semiconductor devices in a clean room.
• Conduct terahertz imaging and spectroscopy experiments.
• Simulate and/or model terahertz data.
• Write up research work for publication in refereed journals.
• Communicate (orally and in writing) research results, e.g. for
• Continually update own knowledge and understanding in research field.
• Assist in the supervision of student projects and the development of student
• May contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies,
e.g. for funding to support a developing research agenda.
Administration and Other Activities
• Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.
• Work within budget constraints.
The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive
list but rather to provide guidance on the main aspects of the post. The post-
holder will be required to be flexible in his or her duties.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and
qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by
(a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d)
Essential Criteria 1
Hold, or be about to attain, a PhD or equivalent in a relevant scientific
discipline (e.g. physics, electronic engineering, mathematics). (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 2
Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output (e.g.
publications). (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 3
A developing research profile with the ability to publish and/or produce high
quality research output. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 4
Ability or potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals in
order to generate external funding to support research projects. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 5
Ability to initiate, plan, implement and deliver programmes of research work
to defined deadlines. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 6
Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a research team.
Essential Criteria 7
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 8
An understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of
research content. (a) (c)
Desirable Criteria 1
Research experience on terahertz devices, techniques or applications. (a)
Desirable Criteria 2
Experience fabricating semiconductor devices in a clean room. (a) (c)
Desirable Criteria 3
Experience constructing or aligning optical experiments (e.g. terahertz time-
domain spectrometers or ultrafast lasers). (a) (c)
Desirable Criteria 4
Experience in the analysis of terahertz spectroscopy and/or imaging data.
Desirable Criteria 5
Experience in scientific programming (e.g. using Python, Matlab) (a)
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our
University Further Particulars.
For further information about the department, please visit the departmental
The Ultrafast and Terahertz Photonics Group
The Ultrafast and Terahertz Photonics group comprises 3 members of staff
(James Lloyd-Hughes, Emma MacPherson, Rebecca Milot) and around 12 PhD
students and Research Fellows with complementary expertise. Dr Lloyd-Hughes
set up the Warwick Centre for Ultrafast Spectroscopy (WCUS) in 2016 as a
joint activity between the Physics and Chemistry Departments at the
University. Dr MacPherson joined the group in October 2017, and Dr Milot
joined in 2018 further expanding the range of terahertz activities.
More information about the Ultrafast and Terahertz Photonics group can be
found at go.warwick.ac.uk/ultrafast
The Physics Department and the University of Warwick are proud of their
diverse community of staff, students, and visitors, and are committed to
maintaining an excellent record in teaching and research by ensuring that
there is equality of opportunity for all, fostered in an environment of mutual
respect and dignity.
Both the Physics Department and the University of Warwick hold Athena SWAN
Silver awards, a national initiative to promote gender equality for all staff
and students. The Physics Department is also a Juno Champion, which is an
award from the Institute of Physics to recognise our efforts to address the
under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better
practice for both women and men.
Further information can be found at www. warwick.ac.uk/physics/staff/working/.
The University supports flexible working and requests for job-share will be
considered where possible.
Childcare can be provided for you at the University of Warwick Nursery
in order for you to attend the interview. Childcare is subject to availability
of places at the Nursery.
Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy
As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess
applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick
complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate
unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or
other information revealed. More information is available on the University's
Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.
Right to work in the UK
If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/ or are seeking
sponsorship under for a Skilled Worker visa in the UK points-based immigration
please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining
right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship for a
Skilled Worker Visa.
The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning
environment, recognising and respecting every individual's differences. We
welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected
characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.
8 Jul 2021