Research Associate in Photonic Condensation (Experimentalist) - 2 positions

Imperial College London has an opening postdoc position. This fellowship is available for all students around the world. The deadline for applying is September 25, 2018.

Applications are invited for two Research Associates to join our research team working across the Experimental Solid State Group and Quantum Optics and Laser Science Group within the Department of Physics at Imperial College London. The project involves original experimental research on the condensation of photons in microcavities. This work is funded under an EPSRC grant on "Near-equilibrium thermalised quantum light" and an EU consortium "PHOtonic QUantum Simulators" (PhoQuS) providing the opportunity to work alongside leading researchers throughout Europe in this field.

The team will consist of two experimental Research Associates (these positions), the Investigators (Dr. Robert Nyman, Dr. Florian Mintert and Dr. Rupert Oulton), one theoretical Research Associate, and up to four research students, working on both theory and experiment.

The scientific background to thermalisation and condensation of photons in microcavities can be read about in a recent review. Recent results from our group can be found in the publication lists of Robert Nyman and Florian Mintert, including articles in 2018 in Phys Rev Lett and Nature Physics

The project aims to move the field forward through several sub-projects on:

2. Thermalisation and condensation of light in inorganic semiconductor microcavity

3. Novel planar resonators for condensation of light.

4. Non-linear optical materials for superfluidity of light in microcavities

5. Transport and superfluidity of one-dimensional driven-dissipative Bose gases of light and the search for dissipative Anderson localisation of light.

You will be self-motivated be able to work alongside and assist graduate students. You will also be responsible for driving a number of the experimental research projects highlighted above. You will be expected to collaborate with our theoretical team.

You will have a PhD (or equivalent) in the Physical Sciences or a closely related discipline.

In addition, you must be able to demonstrate the following essential criteria:
Evidence of outstanding promise and originality in research, demonstrated by a good publication record, commensurate with your career stage

In addition to above, experience in the following areas would be advantageous

These are fixed term positions available for up to 24 months, commencing from November 2018.

*Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range 33,380 – 35,061 per annum.

Queries relating to the position should be directed to Dr Rupert Oulton (Reader in Physics), E-mail:

Queries regarding the application process, please contact Ms Juraci Didone (Section Administrator), E-mail:

For technical issues when applying online, please contact:

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