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Eilidh Johnston

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April 2021

Researcher Position: Quantum Technologies Researcher

Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics, Glasgow, G1 1RD, UK

Fraunhofer CAP (Centre for Applied Photonics) has a vacancy, due to planned growth, for talented, imaginative researchers who would revel in a varied, applied R&D setting. The role will support and facilitate cutting edge research, design and development activities in laser, quantum and other optical systems in collaboration with industry customers and partners.

 

We welcome applications from people at all stages of their career and we enjoy our team being diverse in every way. Our team is bright, engaging, welcoming, helpful and we want like-minded individuals who want to make a difference and really contribute.  Your attitude and ambition are as important to us as any of the details below. We hope for candidates who are sociable and professional, have strong oral and written communication skills and experience of applied R&D in an academic or industrial environment.

 

The first of the highly regarded Fraunhofer Research Centres to be based in the UK, Fraunhofer CAP specialises in undertaking applied R&D in a range of photonics themes. Based at the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow, Fraunhofer CAP’s main remit is to be a key partner to UK companies in the development of state-of-the-art products and processes which will enhance their competitiveness. Candidates will most likely have a strong academic or industrial R&D record in photonics or optoelectronics and a demonstrable ability to work collaboratively and independently, to defined timescales, together with a commitment to commercially-orientated research and development. Candidates will have the ability to successfully manage R&D projects. They will play a key role in developing new project ideas, and help securing funding from industry, Innovate UK and the EU.

 

This researcher role includes both desk-based design and laboratory work alongside reporting and preparing proposals. The researcher will be responsible for delivery of funded project activity in the area of Quantum Technologies. This includes projects in one or some of the following distinct areas:

 

Photonics for applied quantum information:

• Entangled, probabilistic and deterministic photon sources

• High-repetition-rate pump sources and nonlinear optics for weak-coherent pulse QKD

• Integrated (on-chip) photon sources and components

• Single-photon detectors

• Free-space and fibre QKD links

• Time-correlated single-photon counting and supporting instrumentation

 

Skills in one of those areas would be desirable but candidates with transferrable skills from other application areas will be considered. Additional valued core skills any of which would be beneficial:

• Instrumentation control

• Laser characterisation

• Optical test and measurement

• Alignment of optical systems

• Fibre and waveguide coupling

 

Fraunhofer CAP offers a competitive salary and very attractive University-like conditions, including generous holidays, pension provision, maternity leave, nursery access etc. Salary will be commensurate with the levels of appointment.

 

In the first instance, if you consider that you match these requirements; please send a 3-page maximum CV and a one page maximum covering letter, all as a single PDF file with the filename firstname_lastname_web

 

Please include in your letter ‘I agree that you may keep my CV on file for two calendar years in order to be considered for future positions.’, if you so wish.

 

Application closing date: 19th April 2021

April 2021

Fraunhofer CAP – Theme Leader (Bio-photonics and Biomedical Optics)

Fraunhofer CAP is pleased to have engaged Enigma People Colutions to help with this recruitment. 

Enigma People Solutions is excited to have been engaged by a world renowned engineering solutions company, with a proven track record that serves the product lifecycle needs of high technology companies, to search for a talented Theme Leader for their biophotonics and biomedical optics team. Our client considers themselves an applied R&D house and are focused on innovation and emerging technologies and solutions.

Our client provides professional R&D services to industry as a flexible and practical resource that responds to companies’ needs, as well as employing a wide range of mechanisms with which it works with companies, such as strategic partnerships, technology road mapping, contract research, collaborative research, consultancy and feasibility studies. The company is structured as a not-for-profit independent research and technology organisation, with core expertise in the development and application of lasers and nonlinear optics, with key research themes including Stand-off Chemical and Environmental Sensing, LIDAR and Asset Monitoring in the Energy Sector, and Quantum Technologies.

On offer is an excellent career outside of the normal structure of private industry and the opportunity to work with bleeding edge technology and solutions with other engineers who are passionate about finding new, and sometimes revolutionary solutions. You will also have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects across a number of technological domains, these projects can be short sprints or big R&D efforts. On offer is a unique and comprehensive package, with outstanding holiday allowance and an excellent pension scheme. 

To be of interest for this role, you will ideally:

• Be a highly motivated bioscience research and development professional, ideally with a postgraduate degree in physics, engineering or the life or pharmaceutical sciences.

• Have developed optical technology for biological and/or biomedical applications and, as well as working in a research laboratory, would advantageously have experience in relevant industrial or innovation organisations.

• Have supervised students and/or colleagues with ideally some kind of team leadership responsibility.

• Have knowledge of product engineering and development cycles, market-oriented research and development, the generation and professional handling of intellectual property

• Have a demonstrated ability to generate proposals and secure funding to support R&D activities.

Your research and development experience would ideally include one or more elements of the following:

• Lasers and nonlinear optics

• Ophthalmological instrumentation

• Retinal prostheses

• Cochlear implants

• Advanced microscopy systems

• Photodynamic therapy

• Fluorescence spectroscopy

• Laser surgery

• Smart plasters and dressings

• Lab-on-chip and/or lab-in-a-pill systems

• Endoscopy

• Laser-based tweezing and cellular micromanipulation

• Neurotechnology

 

November 2020

Researcher Position: Optical Spectroscopy Researcher- FIlled 

 

October 2020

Quantum Technologies Researchers (2 posts)- Filled 

 

July 2020

Researcher Position: Integrated Optics for Quantum Technologies (1 post)- post filled

 

March 2020

Optical Communications Researcher- post filled.

 

February 2020

Quantum Tech Researcher- post filled.

Mechcanical Design Engineer- post filled.

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Some example PhD/EngD opportunities with Fraunhofer are:

 

High speed, ultra-low photon flux imaging

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=71996&LID=1472

 

Development of integrated photonic circuits for non-linear applications

http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/engineering/research/divisions/ene/phd/#/developmentofintegratedphotoniccircuitsfornon-linearapplications(funded)

 

We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

 

We are always looking for great graduates who seek more challenge in applied R and D.  Some of our newest students have spent years in industry before deciding to take on the next step of their eduction, equally new graduates are welcome.


Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics, Glasgow,UK

PhD and EngD STUDENTSHIPS

Speculative enquiries for postgraduate research studentships are always welcome.

 

INFORMATION FOR FUTURE RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING POSITIONS
The Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics (CAP) will have vacancies for a number of technical staff at various levels of experience to take an active and immediate part in the Fraunhofer CAP’s programme of cutting edge research and development activities in photonics at the industrial interface.


The first of the highly regarded Fraunhofer Research Centres to be based in the UK, Fraunhofer CAP specialises in undertaking applied R&D in a range of photonics themes. Based in Glasgow, Fraunhofer CAP’s main remit is to be a key partner to UK companies in the development of state-of-the-art products and processes which will enhance their competitiveness.


Candidates for a more senior research position in Fraunhofer CAP will have a strong academic or industrial R&D record in laser applications and/or sensor development and a demonstrable ability to work independently, to defined timescales, together with a commitment to commercially-orientated research and development. These candidates will possess the ability to successfully manage R&D projects as well as providing R&D leadership to junior researchers and postgraduate students, and play a key role in developing a research group and securing funding from industry, Innovate UK and the EU.


Candidates for more junior positions will recently have completed their PhD in a relevant topic and have the potential to become project leaders and, ultimately, research leaders.


Experience of one or more of the following areas is highly desirable: Solid-state or semiconductor lasers, laser spectroscopy, optical metrology, laser micromachining or laser-based additive manufacturing, biomedical applications of lasers, laser-based sensor systems, laser-based optical communications, laser-based optical data storage


All candidates must have strong oral and written communication skills and experience of applied R&D in an academic or industrial environment.
Fraunhofer CAP offers a competitive salary and very attractive conditions, including generous pension provision, which will be commensurate with the level of appointment.

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Speculative applications are welcome at any time please send a CV in confidence to:

Head of HR

Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd

Level 5
Technology and Innovation Centre
99 George St,
Glasgow G1 1RD
UK

E-mail: hr@fraunhofer.co.uk


We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.