Postdoctoral Research Fellow – electromagnetic theory quantum nano-sensors
College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Living Systems Institute
The starting salary will be from £35,211 up to £36,609 on Grade F, depending on qualifications and experience.
The College wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to support the work of Professor Frank Vollmer. This full-time post is available immediately on a fixed term basis for up to 36 months from the start date.
Summary of the role/position
The project will develop theory for understanding the light-matter interactions of single-molecule nano and quantum sensors. These sensors achieve unprecedented capabilities for sensing physical, chemical and biological entities with high Q optical microcavities and plasmonic nanostructures (optoplasmonic sensors).
Prof Vollmer’s laboratory is pioneering optical sensors and spectrometers to visualise and detect processes at the micro- and nanoscale. For more information on Prof Vollmer’s laboratory: http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/physics-astronomy/staff/fv227
Project details: What we are looking for…
You are a theoretical phycisist with extensive experience in optical physics, mathematical modelling of photon-matter interactions from first principles, molecular opto-electronics, and ideally optical microcavities. You will develop theory for understanding light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, you will model the optical sensor signatures for single-molecules interrogated on optoplasmonic sensors. Familiarity with quantum plasmonics, quantum emitters, nonlinear plasmonics, Hamiltonian optics and formalism, optical antenna theory, and dyadic Green functions is desirable. Your theoretical analysis will support studies of molecular reaction mechanisms, molecular mechanics and machines.
You will interact with other team members to contribute to work on developing cutting-edge computational techniques: Advanced computational electromagnetics of photonic and plasmonic nanostructures, advanced molecular dynamics modelling and simulations of single protein dynamics, density functional theory simulations for molecules attached to plasmonic nanoantennas, perturbation theory for hybrid metal-dielectric (optoplasmonic) sensor systems.
You are excited about working as part of a multi-disciplinary team composed of phycisists, engineers, and biologists. You will work at the newly established Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter which provides state-of-the-art research facilities for realising one of the first optical approaches to study molecular electronics and machines: https://www.exeter.ac.uk/livingsystems/
1 Kim E, Baaske MD, Schuldes I, Wilsch PS, Vollmer F. (2017) Label-free optical detection of single enzyme-reactant reactions and associated conformational changes, Science Advances, volume 3, article no. 3, DOI:10.1126/sciadv.1603044.
2 Baaske MD, Vollmer F. (2016) Optical observation of single atomic ions interacting with plasmonic nanorods in aqueous solution, Nature Photonics, volume 10, no. 11, pages 733-739.
Requirements for the role
Extensive experience in optical physics, mathematical modelling of photon-matter interactions from first principles, molecular opto-electronics, and ideally optical microcavities is required. Familiarity with quantum plasmonics, quantum emitters, nonlinear plasmonics, Hamiltonian optics and formalism, optical antenna theory, and dyadic Green functions is desirable.
Duties are to undertake research and fulfil other main duties and accountabilities associated with the position. You will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.
Applicants will possess a PhD in Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physics, Engineering or a related discipline and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in chemistry, surface chemistry, molecular machines, molecular electronics, or single-molecules and will be able to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required.
For further information, please contact Professor Frank Vollmer, email F.Vollmer@exeter.ac.uk, or telephone (01392) 724771. All applications must be made online, via the University of Exeter job pages. To view the full job description, please visit University of Exeter job pages.
With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work. We are an equal opportunity employer, a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.
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Closing date: 29th April 2019.