PhD RESEARCH position – TERAOPTICS Terahertz Photonics

  • Contract
  • ASTRONOMY
  • UNITED KINGDOM
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
  • Salary: £31,305 to £39,800
  • You must be an Early Stage Researcher
  • December 6, 2020

Company Details

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Applications are invited for a PhD position (Early Stage Researcher) to be funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “TERAOPTICS – Terahertz Photonics for Communications, Space, Security, Radio-Astronomy, and Material Science”.

TERAOPTICS is a consortium of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in France, Germany, Lithuania, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Further information is at https://www.euraxess.org.uk/jobs/547266

DESCRIPTION

The purpose of the PhD research is to build an integrated heterodyne terahertz receiver for ≥ 300 GHz, applying power combining approaches to build a GaAs or InGaAs heterodyne receiver with a photonic local oscillator. You will design the devices, then assemble and test the power combined source. This project will achieve several integration firsts and will provide the ESR with excellent training in numerical and practical aspects of photonic and conventional Schottky terahertz design.

You will be based in the Millimetre Wave Technology Group, RAL Space at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire. You will be part of a team developing and delivering state of the art technology, primarily for Earth observation and radio astronomy, but also applicable to wide bandwidth communications. Our terahertz technology is used in space, and in a range of telescope and observatory sites worldwide.

You will be registered for a PhD in University College London, and you must meet the UCL PhD programme entry requirements. TERAOPTICS has a pre-arranged provision for payment of your university registration fees.

You must be an Early Stage Researcher: someone who, at the time of recruitment, is in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and has not been awarded a doctoral degree. You are required to physically move to the UK when taking up the appointment. You must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to your recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account.

Good written and verbal communication skills are essential. The quality of your cover letter, explaining how you meet the person specification, will be included in the assessment.

Further details on eligibility are also at https://www.euraxess.org.uk/jobs/547266

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting Criteria

Essential

  • Meet the H2020 and UK residency eligibility requirements
  • Have a first degree in applied physics, photonics or electronic engineering, equivalent to UK bachelors or masters
  • Be sufficiently qualified to enter the UCL PhD programme, equivalent of a UK 1st or 2.1 class degree
  • Be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for research in the area
  • Have good written communication skills
  • Have undertaken experimental modules and/or experimental final year project
  • An ability to travel freely within the UK and EU, attending meetings, extended training sessions and longer exchange visits arranged within the TERAOPTICS project.

Desirable

  • Experience in photonics, microwaves, mm-wave or terahertz technology
  • Knowledge of fibre and wireless telecommunication principles
  • Experience of using analytic and numerical modelling, simulation and/or mechanical design tools
  • Experience using microwave test equipment, lasers, optics, and optomechanics .

Interview Criteria

Essential

  • Be able to demonstrate enthusiasm and aptitude for hands-on research and independent working within a team environment
  • Demonstrable understanding of experimental modules and/or experimental final year project
  • Appreciation of the technologies and challenges associated with the position
  • Exhibit good verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications
  • An ability to travel freely within the UK and EU, attending meetings, extended training sessions and longer exchange visits arranged within the TERAOPTICS project.

Desirable

  • Experience in photonics, microwaves, mm-wave or terahertz technology
  • Knowledge of fibre and/or wireless telecommunication principles
  • Experience of using analytic and numerical modelling, simulation and/or mechanical design tools
  • Experience using microwave test equipment, lasers, optics, and optomechanics
  • Are able to multitask and prioritise workload, set and achieve realistic targets.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Tagged as: optics, ingaas, phd research, heterodyne terahertz receiver, TERAOPTICS, photonic local oscillator

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