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Research Fellow in Optical Physics, Natural & Computing Sciences (NCS20R)

The School of Natural and Computing Sciences is looking to appoint a postdoctoral Research Fellow in optical physics to support the newly established laboratory of Prof. David McGloin. The position will last for 24 months. 

School/Section: Natural & Computing Sciences
Division: Physics
Staff Category: Research
Position Type: Full Time
Grade: Grade 6
Salary: £35,333 - £42,155
Ref No: NCS20R
Closing Date: 16-FEB-2023


Job Description

The role will offer some flexibility in choice of research topic, but it is expected that work linked to developing tools for the optical manipulation of aerosols, making use of dual beam optical trapping and complex photonics beam shaping will be a priority, as well as developing optical trapping and spectroscopy (especially Raman) tools for building collaborations with groups in Aberdeen’s Institute of Medical Sciences and in the Schools of Geosciences and Engineering. 

Candidates will be expected to have strong experimental optics/photonics skills and the ability to carry out instrumental control and computational modelling of systems as appropriate. 

The role is research focused, but the successful candidate may be able to develop teaching experience if desired and support will be given for development of personal research funding applications within the area of optics and photonics. 

Salary will be at the appropriate point on Grade 6, £35,333-£42,155 with placement according to qualifications and experience. 

Informal enquiries should be made to Prof David McGloin, Head of School of Natural and Computing Sciences, e-mail: 

Should you require a visa to undertake employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship under the requirements of the Skilled Worker visa. At the time an offer of appointment is made, you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of qualification and competency in English. For research and academic posts, we will consider eligibility under the Global Talent visa. Please do not hesitate to contact Lucy Redmayne, HR Adviser (e-mail: for further information. 

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Job Reference Number:  NCS20R 

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 16 February 2023 

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