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Researcher Position: Integrated optics

Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd
Glasgow, UK
Closing date
29 Jul 2022
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Fraunhofer CAP (Centre for Applied Photonics) has a vacancy, due to planned growth, for a talented, imaginative researcher who would revel in a varied, applied R&D setting. The role will support and facilitate cutting edge research, design and development activities in laser, quantum and other optical systems in collaboration with industry customers and partners.

We welcome applications from people at all stages of their career and we enjoy our team being diverse in every way. Our team is bright, engaging, welcoming, helpful and we want like-minded individuals who want to make a difference and really contribute.  Your attitude and ambition are as important to us as any of the details below. We hope for candidates who are sociable and professional, have strong oral and written communication skills and experience of applied R&D in an academic or industrial environment.

The first of the highly regarded Fraunhofer Research Centres to be based in the UK, Fraunhofer CAP specialises in undertaking applied R&D in a range of photonics themes. Based at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow, Fraunhofer CAP’s main remit is to be a key partner to UK companies in the development of state-of-the-art products and processes which will enhance their competitiveness.

Candidates will most likely have a strong academic or industrial R&D record in photonics or optoelectronics and a demonstrable ability to work collaboratively and independently, to defined timescales, together with a commitment to commercially-orientated research and development. Candidates will have the ability to successfully manage R&D projects. They will play a key role in developing new project ideas, and help securing funding from industry, Innovate UK and the EU.

The successful candidate will contribute to activities across the centre including in the Laser System and Quantum Technologies Business Units. The quantum technologies team at Fraunhofer CAP is in a unique position to help industry develop and deploy the next generation of technology to create a lasting impact. We are working more than 30 industrial partners and are the UK’s largest partner in the quantum technologies innovation programme. This unique position presents an opportunity to work on cutting-edge applied quantum technologies research – the next step beyond laboratory research.

This researcher role includes clean-room, optical laboratory and desk-based design work alongside reporting and preparing proposals. The researcher (PhD or EngD level qualification anticipated) will be a key member of a team responsible for delivery of funded project activity in the area of integrated optics.

The candidate should have experience in some of the following areas:

  • Optical waveguide design and simulation – e.g. finite difference time domain, beam propagation and eigenmode solving;
  • Design, fabrication and test of devices such as splitters, resonators and grating couplers;
  • Working with foundry services to optimise fabrication of devices including an appreciation of e-beam lithography requirements and limitations;
  • Cleanroom experience including photolithography and etching;
  • Experience with thin-film on-insulator platforms such as silicon or silicon nitride photonics;
  • Heterogeneous integration and transfer printing;
  • Ultrafast laser inscription;
  • Optical microscopy and SEM device measurement;
  • Optical waveguide device characterisation including transmission spectra, insertion losses and mode profiling.

Fraunhofer CAP offers a competitive salary and very attractive University-like conditions, including generous holidays, pension provision, maternity leave, nursery access etc. Salary will be commensurate with the levels of appointment.

In the first instance, if you consider that you match these requirements; please send a 3-page maximum CV and a 1 page maximum covering letter, all as a single PDF file with the filename firstname_lastname_iopIO_2022 to

Please include in your letter ‘I agree that you may keep my CV on file for two calendar years in order to be considered for future positions.’, if you so wish.

Application closing date: 29th July 2022


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