Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher (or 3-year PhD)

Job title Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early-Stage Researcher (or 3-year PhD)

Department Physics

Salary Starting salary £32,750 (inclusive of pension) £37,750 (exclusive of pension)

Grade N/A

Placed on Monday 10 June 2019

Closing date Monday 08 July 2019

Interview date To be confirmed

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An Early-Stage Researcher (3-year PhD) position in computational and theoretical Photonics

Starting salary: £32,750 (inclusive of pension)/£37,750 (exclusive of pension)
Mobility annual payment: £4,866.84
Family annual payment: £2,077.25 (if eligible)

We are pleased to advertise an early-stage researcher position as a part of the Innovative Training Network of the European Commission MICROCOMB "Applications and Fundamentals of Microresonator Frequency Combs".

This is a fully-funded contract of employment.

Candidates not near completion of a PhD award elsewhere will be required to enrol into a PhD programme at the University of Bath (please see for details).

The position will last three years and you will be a part of a pan-European research and training programme comprising international schools, workshops, and secondments to academic and industrial partners across Europe. 

Projects available at Bath are computational and theoretical projects on modelling of frequency combs, optical solitons and other nonlinear effects in microresonators with Kerr and quadratic nonlinearities. We are looking for either the top class master level students or researchers at the early stage of their careers and not yet awarded a PhD, that have strong background in one of the following fields -- Physics (theoretical, experimental, computational), Photonics, or Applied Mathematics. Applicants should be willing and able to work as a part of a team in Bath and within the consortium, to collaborate closely with experimental partners and will require to attend an extensive programme of training events.

The consortium comprises some of the leading European academic and industrial centres working in the area of optical frequency combs in optical microresonators (microcombs). The network allows us to combine and share some of the world leading experience and expertise in photonics in general and in microcombs in particular and train a new generation of scientists in this actively developing area bordering physics and photonic engineering and having pronounced applied and fundamental dimensions. The frequency comb research itself is the Nobel prize winning area (T. Hänsch and J. Hall, 2005), while the microcombs can qualify as an emerging disruptive technology.  

The University of Bath is a campus University overlooking the World Heritage City of Bath. Facilities are outstanding and working conditions excellent.

Applicants may be from anywhere in the world, but must not have resided, or carried out their main activity (work or studies), in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior.

Applicants must:

  • comply with the EU definition of Early Stage Researchers (specifically, not having previously been awarded a doctoral degree);
  • meet the English language requirements of both the University of Bath and of the Tier 2 UK visa by holding a valid ‘IELTS for UKVI’ test certificate indicating an overall score of at least 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each of the four components.  An ‘IELTS for UKVI’ test certificate may not be necessary for those holding an academic qualification that was taught in English and is recognised by UK NARIC.
  • be in possession of, or be expected to be awarded prior to commencement of the Fellowship, a masters level (four year) degree, or equivalent experience following a three year degree:
    • in the following fields: Physics (theoretical, experimental, computational), Photonics or Applied Mathematics
    • at a level of a first or upper second class grade, or equivalent

When you complete your job application, you will need to upload your CV but there is no need to replicate information or documents that you have already provided as part of your PhD application.

MICROCOMB consortium strongly encourages applications from researchers with diverse backgrounds, that include, but are not limited by the gender, economic, ethnic and physical ability diversities.

Appointments to commence between 1 August 2019 and 1 November 2019 and are on a fixed term basis of up to 3 years.

Interviews are expected to take place at the University of Bath UK, or via Skype, if appropriate.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:
The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.