Vacancy for a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (PhD Studentship) in Laser Physics





School of Physical Sciences

Location:  Canterbury
Salary:  £32,500 per annum
  on each anniversary of the Project, the University will calculate the Euro equivalent of the total amount paid to you using the exchange rate given by European Central Bank. An additional one-off annual payment applies and family allowance, if applicable
Grade:  Marie Curie
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 36 Months
Release Date:  Thursday 07 May 2020
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Tuesday 09 June 2020  (unless otherwise stated)
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  STM-074-19-R-R


We are recruiting for a PhD Studentship in the fields of Optics and Laser Physics, with emphasis on optical coherence tomography for a period of 36 months starting up to 31 January 2021, within the Applied Optics Group, School of Physical Sciences. 

This is supported by the Marie Curie Innovative Training Network scheme, 860807, EU funded, jointly organised with 14 other universities, companies and hospitals in Europe. You will spend time at the University of Kent and at the other beneficiaries or associated partners. Supervision will be provided in an European setting where specialized and complementary training will be provided at the training sites as well as during network events. 

Research will focus on innovative solutions for fast, narrow line width, stable phase and wide tuning bandwidth swept sources for optical coherence tomography. 

As Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher you will:

  • Devise and assemble innovative optical configurations to achieve the goals and milestones as described in the research programme
  • Interact with the supervisors at University of Kent and at the seconding partners in the ITN;
  • Attend courses and workshops recommended by the supervisors;

To be successful you will:

  • have a good background in theoretical and experimental optics and expected to have graduated/soon to graduate in Physics (Optics) or Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • be highly imaginative and self-motivated individuals with expertise in lasers, cameras, fibre optics, digital signal processing
  • have prior experience of LabView or C++ and skills in interfacing I/O boards are essential

Your application must nominate Prof. Adrian Podoleanu as the supervisor and the title above as the research area in which you wish to work. For posts of this nature you will be required to fill in the main details section as well as upload your full CV, a one page summary (this should include a description of your skills and experience in Optics, practical Lab projects, software expertise and digital signal processing and other information in support of your application with direct reference to the advertisement and further particulars) and any supporting documents.

We encourage applications from highly motivated individuals who meet the eligibility criteria, and in particular the mobility rules applying to this position. Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the start date of the role. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention1 are not taken into account. 

Candidates must be within the first four years of their research careers, after obtaining the first degree that qualifies them for PhD study. Candidates must not have been awarded a doctoral degree. This is an absolute rule with no exceptions, and candidates must describe how long they have been in the UK over the last 3 years. Candidates will be registered for the degree of PhD at the University of Kent.

The School of Physical Sciences (SPS) is situated in the newly refurbished science laboratories on the Canterbury Campus - a green garden campus that overlooks the historic city – and just an hour by high-speed train to London. It is part of the Faculty of Sciences within the University of Kent, and offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Physics, Chemistry, and Forensic Sciences. 

Please see the links below to view the full job description and also to apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on quoting ref number: STM-073-19-R

For more information, please visit here: or you may also contact Prof A. Podoleanu, School of Physical Sciences.

We particularly welcome applications from female candidates as they are under-represented at this level in this area

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Please note - Applications must be made via the University’s online application system. CVs or details sent directly to the department or via email cannot be considered.

The University of Kent values diversity and promotes equality at all levels

Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, all interviews will take place remotely.  Our processes will evolve as the Government advice is updated.