Research Assistant in Physics (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher)

Job summary

Applications are invited for an early stage researchers (ESR) to join the joint research team of the Experimental Solid State Group in the Department of Physics, Imperial College London and the Materials Integration and Nanoscale Devices group at IBM Research Zurich (IBM) in the framework of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Industrial Doctorate Network on ‘Controlling random lasing’. This is a funded Industrial PhD position within the...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00773
  • Date posted 29 September 2020
  • Closing date 20 November 2020

Job description

Job summary

Applications are invited for an early stage researchers (ESR) to join the joint research team of the Experimental Solid State Group in the Department of Physics, Imperial College London and the Materials Integration and Nanoscale Devices group at IBM Research Zurich (IBM) in the framework of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Industrial Doctorate Network on Controlling random lasing’. This is a funded Industrial PhD position within the Initial Training Networks (ITN) CORAL, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

You will be motivated experimentalists with a degree in Physical Sciences, Material Science or Engineering or a closely related discipline. This is a fixed term post to work on unconventional III-V lasers integrated on chip.

Mirrorless and nanostructured lasers are an exciting research avenue, with great technological potential. When many lasers are coupled, the complexity grows and often the lasing operation is uncontrolled. This project is a collaboration between IBM Research Zurich and Imperial College London, to tap into the potential of coupled complex and network lasers for on-chip and neuromorphic applications. 

You will study light transport and lasing from (i) coupled nano lasers and (ii) nanoscale networks formed of interconnected sub-wavelength waveguides, to understand how the network topology determines the lasing process and how we can control it. You will design, simulate and fabricate nanolasers or arrays of lasers at IBM. You will exploit the latest simulation tools and machine learning to find the excitation profile to unbalance the lasing dynamics and achieve control of the lasing properties. The project consists of experimental work, material growth or device fabrication, data analysis and modelling the network using a home-built algorithm.

Useful references:

  • A nanophotonic laser on a graph, M Gaio, et al. Nature Communications 10, 226 (2019)
  • Determining random lasing action,R Sapienza Nature Reviews Physics, 1-6 (2019).
  • InP-on-Si Optically Pumped Microdisk Lasers via Monolithic Growth and Wafer Bonding, S. Mauthe et al. IEEE J. Sel. Top. Quantum Electron. (2019).

Duties and responsibilities

You will contribute to independent and original research within the Experimental Solid State Physics Group, submit publications to refereed journals and assist with the administration of the Research Group. You will be self-motivated and be able to work alongside and aid graduate students. Interdisciplinary research and collaboration with theoreticians in other groups of the Department of Physics is an important aspect of this project.


You will be enrolled in the PhD in Physics programme at Imperial College London, under the supervision of Dr Riccardo Sapienza, while performing collaborative work together with Dr Kirsten Moselund and her group at IBM Zurich. This position requires strictly to spend 17 months in Imperial College London (UK) and 19 months in IBM – Zurich (Switzerland). The two ESRs will alternate the location.

Essential requirements

You will have a degree in Physical Sciences, Material Science or Engineering or a closely related discipline.

In addition, you will meet the following essential requirements:

• Have not resided in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date (and have not carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in that country) — unless as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention.

• At the date of recruitment, you will be an ‘early stage researcher’ (i.e. in the first four years of his/her research career and not have a doctoral degree).

• Be able to work alongside colleagues and students, with a high degree of creativity combined with good communications skills in English (spoken and written).

 

Interdisciplinary research and collaboration with theoreticians in other groups of the Department of Physics is an important aspect of this project.

 

Further information

More information about the Department of Physics, the Experimental Solid State Physics and the staff benefits that we offer can be found on our webpages.

More information about the Department of Physics, the Experimental Solid State

Physics and IBM research Zurich can be found on our webpages: http://sapienzalab.org and https://www.zurich.ibm.com/st/nanodevices/monolithicgrowth.html

This post is available for up to 36 months, commencing from January 2021

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr Riccardo Sapienza, email r.sapienza@imperial.ac.uk

Please complete the online application form including:

• A college application form

• A full CV

• A 2-page research statement (in addition to the supporting statement on the application form) indicating what you see are interesting research issues relating to the above post and why your expertise is relevant

Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Mrs Juraci Didone, Section Administrator, email: j.didone@imperial.ac.uk

For technical issues when applying online, please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.