Research Associate in Photonics

Imperial College London Department of Physics

United Kingdom

Job summary

The postholder will work on the development of an Electrically Pumped Intense Hollow-core Optical Fiber Gas LASer (EPIc-HOFGLAS): a completely new mid-infrared laser architecture based on a combination of cutting-edge gas filled hollow-core fibre technology and novel mid-infrared optical materials. The concept is based on the electrical excitation of N2O gas in an anti-resonant hollow-core optical fiber providing optical gain at 4.6 μm. This...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT01254
  • Date posted 2 September 2022
  • Closing date 6 October 2022

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £43,093 – £50,834 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Physics
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The postholder will work on the development of an Electrically Pumped Intense Hollow-core Optical Fiber Gas LASer (EPIc-HOFGLAS): a completely new mid-infrared laser architecture based on a combination of cutting-edge gas filled hollow-core fibre technology and novel mid-infrared optical materials.

The concept is based on the electrical excitation of N2O gas in an anti-resonant hollow-core optical fiber providing optical gain at 4.6 μm. This approach has the potential to greatly reduce the size, power consumption and thermal issues associated with current state-of-the-art high power MIR lasers. The EPIc-HOFGLAS 4.6 μm emission wavelength is optimal for long range propagation through atmospheric windows, with greatly improved penetration of cloud, fog, haze and other weather, providing an entirely new, highly efficient, and ultra-scalable approach for next generation MIR directed energy and electronic warfare sources. Alternative gases can provide gain at other wavelengths throughout the MIR, and thus, this platform could be hugely beneficial for other applications requiring high pulse energies in the MIR e.g. precision oncological surgery – another ongoing research thread in the PIs lab.

Duties and responsibilities

The postholder will be expected to work closely with external partners in the US, under the guidance of the PI, and extended research exchange trips to partner sites in the US (multiple weeks) will be encouraged. This is a three-year project funded by the United States Airforce Research Laboratories (AFRL) through the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development (EOARD).

Essential requirements

You must hold a PhD (or equivalent) in photonics, optics, ultrafast optics or plasma physics.

You must also be able to demonstrate all the following essential criteria:

• Strong record of research delivery and publication record in the above field, commensurate with experience

• Proven experimental research experience in either experimental photonics, optics, ultrafast physics or plasma physics

• Experimental experience of high voltage electrical pulse systems and gas discharges (desirable)

• Experimental experience in hollow-core gas filled optical fibre systems (desirable)

• Experimental and theoretical knowledge of gas lasers and discharge systems (desirable)

Further information

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £38,194 - £41,388 per annum.

Please contact Robbie Murray (robert.murray10@imperial.ac.uk) for more information

Queries relating to the application process should be directed to Judith Baylis (Senior Section Administrator),  j.baylis@imperial.ac.uk

For any technical queries during the application process please contact - recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

Thank you for your interest in this post.  We look forward to receiving your application.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. 

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We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.


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