Research Associate in ‘Diode-pumped Ti:sapphire Lasers’

    • Application Deadline
      31 January 2022
      (application date has expired)
    • Job Salary
      £33,309 to £40,927
    • Website
    • Contact Name
      Professor Alan Kemp

    Contract Type: Fixed Term (to 31st July 2023 in the first instance)
    FTE: 1
    Reference: 397270

    The University of Strathclyde’s Institute of Photonics seeks a proactive post-doctoral researcher to join an EPSRC funded project “Diode-pumped Ti:sapphire Lasers” ( This project aims to significantly reduce the cost and complexity of Ti:sapphire lasers – an enabling tool across science – by first understanding and then exploiting the intriguing science that underpins short-wavelength diode-pumping of these lasers.
    This ongoing project is in collaboration with industrial (Coherent Scotland, GTI Inc., Arctos Lasertechnik) and academic (National Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Timing) partners. Your main tasks will be to advance laboratory aspects of this programme, coordinating with the investigator team (Prof. Alan Kemp, Dr Jennifer Hastie, and Dr Michael Lengden) and the existing PDRA on the grant. As a research team, we value diversity and recognise the benefits it brings to science and engineering projects: we welcome applications from all sections of the community.
    You will join the existing lasers group at the Institute of Photonics (Dept of Physics) led by Dr. Jennifer Hastie and Prof. Alan Kemp, and work closely with Dr Michael Lengden’s team (Dept EEE). The Institute is an applied research unit within Strathclyde’s Department of Physics. As such it works extensively with industry, both directly and, especially in the laser engineering area, in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics. This post-doc position will build skills that are valued by the laser industry in the UK, Europe, and world-wide.
    Further information on the background to this appointment can be obtained via:

    As a Research Associate, under the general guidance of a research leader, you will develop research objectives and proposals, play a lead role in relation to a specific project/s or part of a broader project, conduct individual and/or collaborative research, contribute to the development of new research methods, identify sources of funding, and contribute to the securing of funds for research, including drafting grant proposals and planning for future proposals. You will write up research work for publication, individually or in collaboration with colleagues, and disseminate the results via peer reviewed journal publications and presentation at conferences. You will join external networks to share information and ideas, inform the development of research objectives and to identify potential sources of funding. You will collaborate with colleagues to ensure that research advances inform departmental teaching effort and you will collaborate with colleagues on the development of knowledge exchange activities by, for example, participating in initiatives which establish research links with industry and influence public policy and the professions. You will supervise student projects, provide advice to students and contribute to teaching as required by, for example, running tutorials and supervising practical work. You will contribute in a developing capacity to Department/School, Faculty and/or University administrative and management functions and committees and engage in continuous professional development.

    To be considered for the role, you will be educated to a minimum of PhD level in an appropriate discipline, or have significant relevant experience in addition to a relevant degree. You will have sufficient breadth or depth of knowledge in experimental solid-state laser engineering and a developing ability to conduct individual research work, to disseminate results and to prepare research proposals. You will have an ability to plan and organise your own workload effectively and an ability to work within a team environment. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences.

    While not essential for the role, applications are welcomed from candidates with relevant work/industrial experience, membership of relevant Chartered/professional bodies (including the Higher Education Academy), experience of relevant student supervision and teaching activities, and/or experience of knowledge exchange related activities. Applications are also welcomed from candidates who would increase the diversity and widen the perspectives of the team.

    Further information on the application process and working at Strathclyde can be found on our website (
    Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Prof. Alan Kemp, Principal Investigator ([email protected]).

    Equality and Diversity
    We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
    The University currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia.

    Closing date: Monday, 31 January 2022.

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