Research Assistant/Associate in Terahertz Detection Enabled by Molecular Optomechanics

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

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

Applications are invited for a short-term experimental researcher post available for 12 months within an EU-funded grant from European Commission Future and Emerging Technologies programme 'Terahertz detection enabled by molecular optomechanics' 'THOR'. The researcher will be part of the NanoPhotonics group, which looks at nanoscale assembly and nanophotonics interactions. The role holder will develop novel ultra-low frequency spectroscopies at the extreme nanoscale in molecular-plasmonic systems. For recent work see (see

Project: Low frequency spectroscopies This project will continue our work building nanoscale assembly with molecular layers and plasmonic confinement from colloidal-assembly nanoparticle gaps. This will demand prior experience in self-assembled monolayers and attachment, electrochemistry, plasmonic self-assembly, nano-optics, Raman and Brillouin scattering, plasmonic spectroscopies, as well as a good theoretical understanding. A key requirement is strong knowledge and experience of molecular redox and Raman scattering. Some background in Brillouin scattering on the nanoscale would be advantageous.

Job requirements: Candidates will have, or be close to obtaining, a strong physics PhD or a related discipline, with experience in optical measurements on the nanoscale and chemistry of nano-assembly and nano-systems. In addition to proven experimental skills the candidate should ideally have experience in working across disciplinary boundaries. They should expect to be involved in both construction of new high precision optical spectroscopy rigs using lasers as well as a variety of chemical sample preparations or synthesis. Experience in the field of plasmonics or metamaterials or soft materials would be helpful, as well as with surface-enhanced Raman scattering.

Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD (in which case appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded). The research assistant salary (grade 5) falls within the range £26,715 to £30,942. The research associate (grade 7) salary falls within the range £32,816 to £40,322.

The UK NanoPhotonics Centre ( collaborates widely across the University of Cambridge including the Departments of Chemistry, Engineering, Physics of Medicine, Cancer Research UK, Chemical Engineering, Materials as well as many international partners, industry, with several major EU programmes. Recent publications can be seen on our website (above). Prof JJ Baumberg, FRS, is an acknowledged leader in discovering and assembling nanomaterials for novel photonics.

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