Research Associate in Theory of Plasmonic Systems Imperial College London, Department of Physics United Kingdom

Research Associate in Theory of Plasmonic Systems

 

Job summary

This position is funded by a major grant from the Betty and Gordon Moore Foundation which supports a collaboration between Xiang Zhang’s team at Berkeley, Zhaowei Liu in San Diego, and Evgenii Narimanov in Purdue and will be held within the Condensed Matter Theory Group in the Department of Physics. The ultimate goal is to develop imaging beyond the 10nm limit by exploiting plasmonic systems. Imperial College’s role and that of the...

 

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00165
  • Date posted 4 May 2018
  • Closing date 6 June 2018

 

Job description

Job summary

This position is funded by a major grant from the Betty and Gordon Moore Foundation which supports a collaboration between Xiang Zhang’s team at Berkeley, Zhaowei Liu in San Diego, and Evgenii Narimanov in Purdue and will be held within the Condensed Matter Theory Group in the Department of Physics. The ultimate goal is to develop imaging beyond the 10nm limit by exploiting plasmonic systems. Imperial College’s role and that of the Research Associate is to develop the theory of plasmonic excitations, exploiting the concepts of transformation optics and metamaterials, with a view to creating complex illumination patterns for objects. In this way it is planned to enhance the resolution of microscopes by structuring the illumination rather than improving the lens. So far we have been exploring singular structures which generate extremely complex spectra (see one of our recent publications in Science 358915-7 (2017) ) and which can be understood from the theory of compacted dimensions. The Research Associate will be expected to take part in regular teleconferences with the other collaborators and to travel to UCB/UCSD in California from time to time. 

Within Imperial College there is considerable interest and expertise in plasmonic systems. The Condensed Matter Theory Group has three Senior Researchers and many Research Associates and students working in the field. Experimental studies are in progress within both the Physics and Chemistry Departments. The Mathematics Department also has a substantial activity in metamaterials. All told there is a rich environment for plasmonics research to which the will be expected to contribute.

 

Duties and responsibilities


Specific duties to this post:

  • Researching on the Moore imaging project as detailed in the job description.
  • Assisting in the supervision of research students.
  • Taking part in teleconferences with our collaborators.
  • Attending team meetings in UCB/UCSD in California. 



Essential requirements

 


    • PhD in the Physical Sciences or in a closely related discipline or equivalent

    • Familiarity with the theory of transformation optics Good knowledge of the field of metamaterials

    • Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication

    • High level analytical capability


It is desirable that you will also have:



    • Experience in the study of surface plasmon excitations

 

Further information

This post is initially for 2 years fixed-term contract.

 

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £32,380.00 - £34,040.00 per annum

 

Queries relating to the position should be directed Prof John Pendry, Chair in Theoretical Solid State Physics (j.pendry@imperial.ac.uk)

 

Queries regarding the application process please contact Juraci Didone, Section Administrator - j.didone@imperial.ac.uk For technical issues when applying online, please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

 

The Department of Physics is also an IoP JUNO Champion and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner.

 

Thank you for your interest in this post. We look forward to receiving your application

 

Documents

  • Research Associate in Theory of Plasmonic Systems .doc

 

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.


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