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2x positions as Marie Curie Early Stage Researchers/PhDs on the fabrication of quantum emitters in Cardiff University

    Cardiff University
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    09/04/2021 00:00 - Europe/London
    United Kingdom › Cardiff
    To be defined
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions


Applicants are invited for 2x Early Stage Researcher (ESR) positions in the LasIonDef project (Laser Fabrication and Ion Implantation of Defects as Quantum Emitters) at Cardiff’s School of Engineering. This project is funded as an European Commission’s Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network (ITN). The positions will lead to the award of a PhD.

The researchers will undertake research on fabrication and characterisation of novel quantum emitters in materials such as diamond, gallium nitride and boron nitride. They will be trained in device fabrication, photonics and quantum technologies, strengthening their future career options. As part of an Innovative Training Network you will work with a cohort of 13 ESRs across Italy, Germany, France and Poland in both academia and industry regularly attending project meetings, training activities and carrying out extended secondments at these institutions.

You will join a young, vibrant and growing research group working on semiconductor quantum optics. The group runs two newly equipped labs suitable for high resolution optical spectroscopy, photon counting and quantum optics. The group works in the Institute for Compound Semiconductors Cleanroom, a new fabrication facility funded with > £29m by the Welsh and UK governments in epitaxy, fabrication and characterisation facilities.

A degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering or Materials Science is required. The applicants must also meet the eligibility requirements for Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme laid out below.

This post is full time (35 hours a week), available immediately with a fixed term of 36 months. Please NOTE: Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Salary: £37,380 per annum, plus family allowance if eligible

Job ref: 10856BR

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Prof Anthony Bennett BennettA19@cardiff.ac.uk or Dr JP Hadden HaddenJ@cardiff.ac.uk.

More information on the LasIonDef project can be found at https://www.lasiondef.eu/ and the work of the Cardiff Group is highlighted at https://bennettlabcardiff.com/.

For further details about working at Cardiff School of Engineering please contact Enginadmin@cardiff.ac.uk.

Date advert posted: Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Closing date: Friday, 9 April 2021

The School of Engineering holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. Cardiff University is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. For this vacancy we actively encourage women to apply. We will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share opportunities.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

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Eligibility criteria

*LasIonDef is funded by the European Commission’s Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme as an Innovative Training Network (ITN).

ITN rules for recruitment state that only early stage researchers (ESR) in the first 4 years of their career can be appointed. Therefore the applicant must not have been awarded a PhD and their research experience must total ≤ 4 years at date of recruitment (counted from the diploma/degree that gives the right to embark in a doctoral degree).

ESR recruitment is also subject to the mobility rule: the researcher must not have lived or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment. Short stays (e.g. holidays) are not taken into account. Researchers can be of any nationality.

The ESR must commence PhD enrolment / employment before 30th September 2021. In order to enrol on a PhD at Cardiff University, the researcher will need to be able to provide evidence of English language ability. See http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/international/english-language-requirements for details. The relevant certificate/qualification does not need to have been obtained at the time of applying for this job but must be obtained before a formal offer of employment can be made.

IMPORTANT: Evidencing Criteria

Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable criteria.

As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you reference it (LasIonDef ESRs) & name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance, 10856BR.

Offer Requirements


Please provide evidence you meet each of the criteria below in your application, if possible.

Essential Criteria

Must meet the eligibility criteria of the Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme laid out below in the Additional information section*.

A degree in physics, electrical engineering or materials science.

Evidence of knowledge of semiconductors, solid state physics, optics or quantum physics.

Demonstrated commitment to high quality scholarship.

Proof of good technical writing ability in English.

Proven excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills.

A proven enthusiastic, self-motivated individual, willing to take part in personal skills training, international travel and public outreach activities.

Proven ability to work without close supervision.

Proven ability for original thought and a strong work ethic.

Desirable Criteria

Knowledge of labview programming, device processing and quantum physics.

Knowledge of laser safety, cryogen handling and chemical handling procedures.

Background knowledge of the scientific literature.

Expertise in techniques of modelling, simulation and control.

Evidence of successful collaborations with industry.

An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and / or relevant industrial experience associated with experimental semiconductor quantum optics.

Evidence of intellectual property (IPR) generation.

Evidence of administrative responsibilities and general academic duties within an academic department.

Evidence of a commitment to public outreach


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