Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Exeter, ENGLAND
Deadline: 22 Feb 2022

College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences

This full time, Royal Society funded post is available from March 2022 on a fixed-term basis for approximately 23 months.

This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home.

The post

You will participate in the research efforts of the theory group of Dr. Charles Downing. The group works on topics across condensed matter physics, nanophotonics, plasmonics and quantum optics. It sits within the wider Quantum Systems and Nanomaterials Group, in the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of Exeter.

You will work on current problems in theoretical quantum nanophotonics, in particular involving the concepts of quantum topology, parity-time symmetry and chirality. The post will include both analytic and numeric theoretical work. 

Recent publications from the group can be found here.

About you

You will:

  • be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events
  • possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study
  • be a nationally recognised authority in physics and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies
  • be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this role.

The University of Exeter

We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 and QS World University Ranking 2022). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, achieving a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017.

Our research income in recent years means we’re the fastest growing UK Research University with some of the world’s most influential scientists, and we seek to answer some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today through this. 98% of our research is of international quality (2014 Research Excellence Framework). We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students. Read about our world leading research – Green Futures and how we are transforming education for a changing world. We are located in a beautiful part of the country and Exeter (a fast growing tech hub) is one of only a few UK cities to have been designated as a UNESCO Creative City

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commitment

With over 27,000 students and 6,400 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment where our diversity is celebrated and valued as a major strength. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture where all members of our community are supported to thrive; where diverse voices are heard through our engagement with evidence-based charter frameworks for gender (Athena SWAN), race equality (Race Equality Charter Mark), LGBTQ+ inclusion (Stonewall Diversity Champion) and as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented within our working community. Reasonable adjustments are available for interviews and workplaces.


We offer some fantastic benefits including:

  • 39 days leave per year
  • options for flexible working
  • onsite gyms and a cycle to work scheme
  • sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 wks full pay), paternity leave (up to six wks full pay) and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • stunning campus environments in Exeter and Cornwall, in the beautiful South West of England

Further information

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Dr. Charles Downing, .

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