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Research Associate in photonic quantum technologies (fixed-term post)

Job title Research Associate in photonic quantum technologies (fixed-term post)

Department Physics

Salary Starting from £34,304, rising to £40,927

Grade Grade 7

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2119

Placed on Tuesday 16 November 2021

Closing date Sunday 05 December 2021

Interview date Thursday 16 December 2021

Reference CC8890

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We invite applications for an exciting opportunity in the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials (CPPM) for a Research Associate to develop next-generation optical fibre technologies for photonic quantum networks. The well-resourced post is funded by a large-scale, industrially-led collaboration between 14 universities and a variety of companies across the UK from cutting-edge spin-offs to large multinationals.

Working closely with project partners, you will contribute to the project goal to create quantum data centres of the future by developing optical fibre-based single-photon sources, low-loss interconnects for vapour cells, and high-performance optical switches. This project will give you the opportunity to broaden and strengthen your research skills, using Bath’s research-grade optical fibre fabrication cleanroom to make microstructured fibre, developing fibre splicing and post-processing techniques, and deploying your devices in state-of-the-art photonics labs. As well as creating industrially-relevant technologies, we aim to publish results from this project in high-impact academic journals and disseminate our findings at high-profile international conferences.

You will possess (or be very close to obtaining) a doctorate in experimental (quantum) photonics or a related field. You will require strong laboratory skills as well as a firm theoretical understanding of quantum optics. Experience with single photon sources, optical switching, or optical fibre will be an advantage.

This is a fixed-term contract for a period of up to 36 months.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Peter Mosley (p.mosley@bath.ac.uk) but please submit your application via the University website.

The CPPM is a highly collaborative research centre consisting of approximately 40 staff and postgraduate students. The Department of Physics at the University of Bath is a research-led department, and is committed to providing a supportive and inclusive working environment.

What we can offer you:

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. 

We are:

  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations.  We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We are a family-friendly University, with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident employer and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.

If you think you may require a visa to work in the UK you should refer to our applicant information webpage  before embarking on a job application to ensure that you understand the requirements for sponsorship. You may be eligible to work in the UK via other alternative visa routes such as the Global Talent Visa or by having Settlement / ILR, please refer to our Staff Immigration webpages for further details.

The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations.  We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Bronze Athena SWAN award, and we are actively working towards a Silver award. We are a family-friendly University, with an increasingly agile workforce. We are open to flexible working arrangements and we’re also proud to be a disability confident employer and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.