Research Fellow in Experimental Nonlinear Photonics

Southampton, Hampshire
£31,406 to £34,304
18 Nov 2021
10 Dec 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Location: Highfield Campus
Salary: £31,406 to £34,304 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term for 2 years
Closing Date: Monday 29 November 2021
Reference: 1565521PN


The project MODES, funded by the European Research Council, arises in the framework of the emerging interest for nonlinear multimode processes in optical fibres and wants to extend it to on-chip optical waveguides, where the study of the multimode dynamics is still on its infancy. By exploiting the nonlinear interaction between several spatial modes in on-chip waveguides, novel ultra-compact and efficient optical sources will be investigated. These sources will allow light emission in a broad frequency spectrum, and will find application in several fields from medical, to security, to sensors.

You will work in the Multimode Photonics Group of Dr Massimiliano Guasoni (, and will be mainly involved in laboratory experiments. On-chip optical waveguides will be characterized and tested to implement nonlinear frequency conversion.

To be successful you will have a proven experimental background as well as a good knowledge of nonlinear optics and finite element method software tools e.g. Comsol Multiphysics

The applicant should have a solid experimental background as well as good knowledge of nonlinear optics and finite-element method software tools (e.g. Comsol Multiphysics). You will also have a PhD** or professional qualifications and experience in Photonics. Experience in optical waveguide fabrication is an asset.

In return you will receive training, be supported by experienced researchers and have an opportunity to supervise PhD students, develop your own projects and to apply for funding. You will have access to state-of-the art cleanrooms and will enjoy the collaboration with world-leading academics.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the Zepler Institute. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic, LGBT, and disabled applicants to apply for this position. We value diversity and inclusion at the University and aspire for our staff population to be broadly representative of our community. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze. We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*, onsite childcare facilities along with other benefits such as the cycle to work scheme.

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward. Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities. This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

*subject to qualifying criteria

**Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email Please quote reference 1565521PN on all correspondence.

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