Research Fellow in Magneto-Optics

The University of Southampton

Fibre & Systems Group


Highfield Campus


£34,314 to £41,931
Per annum

Full Time Fixed Term until 31 December 2023

Closing Date:  

Monday 26 June 2023

Interview Date:  

To be confirmed



We are looking for a highly motivated Research Fellow to work on novel magneto-optic devices and sensors.

Be part of the University of Southampton, an institution in the top one per cent of world universities and one of the UK’s Russell group research-intensive universities. We have an international reputation for research, teaching and enterprise activities. You will work in the world leading Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) and will have access to the world class facilities and dedicated researchers that this provides. Our labs are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for experimentation on optical fibre sensing and devices. 

You will be part of the EPSRC-funded  project “Giant magneto-optic response in rare-earth doped glasses and manufacturing of related devices and sensors”, which aims to revolutionize sensing and devices based on Faraday rotation. The project will build a sensors and devices based on state-of-the-art optical technologies, such as novel isolators and ultrafst sensors for current detection. As a member of this project, you will be engaged in developing a novel magnetic field sensor for ns current pulses. This will require an in-depth understanding of optical waveguiding, Faraday rotation and detection architectures.

In addition to experimenting on sensing systems, you will contribute to their characterisation. You will be responsible for designing and executing the experiments that will best describe their behaviour and you will demonstrate their potential in sensing, often in collaboration with other researchers in the group and in the wider ORC.

To be successful, you must have a strong background in optical fibers and sensing with extensive practical experience. Ideally, you will also have experience in characterising optical fibres, photonic components, polarization rotation and/or the design and experimentation of high-speed optical communication systems.

You must also have proven skills in the critical evaluation and interpretation of data and of working as part of a collaborative research team. You must hold a PhD* or equivalent qualification related to fibre optics, photonics or material science. Previous postdoctoral experience is favoured but not necessary.

* Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

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Application Procedure:

The application deadline is midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need assistance, call Recruitment on  +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email [email protected] . Quote reference 2335123PN on all correspondence. 

Further details:

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Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated on the job. 

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