14/03/2020
The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

NETLAS: Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    University of Kent
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Engineering
    Medical sciences
    PhysicsElectronics
    Technology
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    12/04/2020 23:00 - Europe/London
  • LOCATION
    United Kingdom › Canterbury
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    37.5
  • OFFER STARTING DATE
    01/10/2020
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    860807
  • MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER
    860807

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 anytime, but not later than 31 January 2021, within the Applied Optics Group, School of Physical Sciences. 

These are 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 jobs@kent.ac.uk quoting ref number: STM-073-19-R

For more information, please visit here: https://research.kent.ac.uk/appliedoptics/news/ or you may also contact Prof A. Podoleanu, ap11@kent.ac.uk. School of Physical Sciences, till the closing day on 30 December 2019.

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

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

Benefits

Your salary will be £32,500 per annum. You will be paid in arrears, direct to your bank account, on the last working day of each month. As set out in the Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher Agreement, on each anniversary of the Project, the University will calculate the Euro equivalent of the total amount paid to you through the staff payroll using the appropriate exchange rate as given by the European Central Bank at the point of calculation. An additional one-off annual payment will be made to you in accordance with the terms of the Researcher Agreement between yourself and the University of Kent, less employer's national insurance and pension contributions (if you join the pension scheme); you will be liable to pay income tax, national insurance and employee pension contributions (as appropriate) on any monies paid to you. A family allowance depending on personal situation is also paid.

Eligibility criteria

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.

Selection process

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.

Additional comments

Applied Optics Group is developing research on OCT since 1993. Podoleanu's group has pioneered the en-face OCT, generated the first en-face image of the retina and created the first combined OCT/SLO instrument, concept now used worldwide.

More recnetly, Podoleanu's group created a new OCT technology that does not use Fourier transform, does not need resampling/calibration and can deliver en-face images in real time irrespective of the spectral scanning rate, technology referred to as direct en-face or Master Slave OCT.

The University of Kent is a leading UK university producing world-class research, rated internationally excellent and leading the way in many fields of study. Our 20,000 students are based at campuses and centres in Canterbury, Medway, Athens, Brussels, Paris, Rome and T onbridge.

With 97% of our research judged to be of international quality in the most recent Research Assessment Framework (REF2014), our students study with some of the most influential thinkers in the world. Universities UK recently named research from the University as one of the UK’s 100 Best Breakthroughs of the last century for its significant impact on people’s everyday lives.

We are renowned for our inspirational teaching. Awarded a gold rating, the highest, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), we were presented with the Outstanding Support for Students award at the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards for the second year running.

Required Research Experiences

  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Physics
  • YEARS OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
    1 - 4

Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Good

Skills/Qualifications

You need to:

1. have a good background in theoretical and experimental optics and expected to have graduated in Physics (Optics) or Electrical and Electronic Engineering

2. be highly imaginative and self-motivated individuals with expertise in lasers, cameras, fibre optics, digital signal processing

Specific Requirements

Prior experience in Lasr Physics, interference experiments.

Prior experience of LabView or C++ and skills in interfacing I/O boards.

Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
University of Kent
United Kingdom
Kent
Canterbury
T2 7NH
Photonics Centre, Applied Optics Group

EURAXESS offer ID: 504613

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