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Research Assistant / Associate in Reprogrammable Optical Filters Using Photorefractive Polymers

Imperial College London has an opening postdoctoral associate position in medical imaging. The initial contract for this position is 12 months. Potential candidates should apply before December 30, 2018.

This EPSRC-funded project is to develop a new type of reprogrammable optical filter for chemical imaging, using high-speed photorefractive polymers. Unlike normal static optical filters, this new device can be rapidly reconfigured to mimic any other type of filter. The project will involve building a high-precision optical system to create interference patterns in a custom-synthesized photorefractive polymer; the resulting filter will then be used in hyperspectral imaging applications, such as counter-terrorism (locating chemical and biological weapons), medical imaging, environmental monitoring, industrial quality control and so on.

Applicants will be expected to have expertise in synthetic polymer chemistry or constructing optical instrumentation (ideally both), with a willingness to learn the basics of the field they are less familiar with. They will be expected, as part of a team, to either develop the interference system, or manufacture the photorefractive cell. To develop the optical system they will finalize a prototype design, build it, develop any necessary electronic control systems and program the control software. Manufacturing the photorefractive cell will involve replicating a synthetic procedure from the scientific literature, optimising yield, fabricating the cell itself using the polymer, and debugging any problems. The post will be undertaken in the Rowlands Lab in the Department of Bioengineering, in close collaboration with Dr Adam Celiz. The laboratory environment is highly multidisciplinary, thus candidates with a willingness to learn and strong problem-solving skills are especially welcome.

- or be about to receive a PhD ( or equivalent) in a relevant subject (Physics, Engineering, Chemistry etc.) - experience in synthetic chemistry OR development of optical systems, including some programming experience (ideally both) - a good track record of academic publications commensurate with your current research experience - excellent time management, problem solving and communication skills, particularly in an academic environment - well-developed problem solving abilities You will be : - Able to work well as part of a team, including with students. - A quick learner, able to tackle new problems with minimal training or guidance Salary Range:

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