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Research Fellow in Coherent Diffraction Imaging

The University of Southampton has a vacancy for a Research Fellow in Coherent Diffraction Imaging

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 16 Mar 2021
  • United Kingdom | University of Southampton
  • Date posted: 19 Feb 2021
  • Job type: Academic: postdoc
  • Disciplines: Quantum science & technology  | Optics, lasers & photonics 

Location: Highfield Campus
Salary: £30,942 to £33,797 per annum
Full-time fixed term for 42 months
Closing date: Tuesday 16 March 2021
Interview date: To be confirmed
Reference: 1288220WF-2R

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow in the broad area of coherent diffraction imaging (CDI) of quantum materials at the nanoscale. This role is part of the recently funded UKRI project on “Time Resolved Imaging of Quantum Multifunctional Materials”. This role is focussed on utilising CDI techniques to image time-varying phenomena in a range of multifunctional materials using our unique laboratory based X-ray imaging equipment along side synchrotron and XFEL facilities. We are particularly interested in the quantum properties of correlated materials at the nanoscale for potential applications such as ultra-fast optical switches and low power magnetoelectronic devices. You will join the research group of Dr Newton ( within the Quantum, Light and Matter (QLM) research division of the School of Physics and Astronomy.

The successful candidate will engage with the wider X-ray imaging and materials physics community as well as industry and the general public in outreach activities. Full details of the role are found in the job description and person specification. The successful applicant must have a PhD or equivalent qualifications in physics, materials science, optoelectronics, engineering or a related field*. This is a full-time fixed term post for 42 months.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in Physics and Astronomy. We are strongly committed to diversity in both the academic and student population, and in recognition we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2018 and the Institute of Physics Project Juno Champion status in 2019. Physics and Astronomy gives full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly, including part-time, and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The university has a generous maternity policy** and onsite childcare facilities. For further information please visit

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward. Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

**subject to qualifying criteria

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Application procedure

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2507. Please quote reference 1288220WF-2R on all correspondence.


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