Research Associate in Photonic Topological Insulator Modelling

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


Research Associate in Photonic Topological Insulator Modelling
Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position funded by the Rising Star fellowship program at Cardiff University.  The role will develop theoretical models for optical properties of 3D photonic topological insulators and perform numerical simulations to design and analyse photonic topological insulator devices fabricated by bottom-up fabrication approaches.   

The envisioned research targets innovative 3D photonic topological insulator devices.  Specific applications include photonic topological insulator lasers and topological quantum emitter arrays made of DNA origami through efficient communication links with local, international and industrial collaborations.  

Qualifications and Experience

Candidates will have a PhD in Physics, Materials Science or closely-related subject focusing on numerical simulations and optical/mechanical modelling of 3D composite materials.  Extensive and specific experience in optical/mechanical modelling on 3D photonic topological insulators and in-depth knowledge on Dirac/Weyl points and artificial gauge fields in 3D photonic topological insulators are essential. You will have a strong research record demonstrated through publications in high quality academic journals and high-impact conferences; experience participating in research proposals and research/industry-based groups with proven ability to network effectively with academics and outside academia.

Please submit with your completed application, your full CV and a statement of research interests and career goals (2 pages max).

For informal enquiries, please email Dr Sang Soon Oh on or Professor Diana Huffaker on

For more information about working at Cardiff University, please contact Sadia Qamar on

This full-time post (35 hours per week) is fixed term for 21 months with an anticipated start date in September 2020.

Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6)
Date advert posted: Thursday, 30 April 2020

Closing date:  Sunday, 31 May 2020
Cardiff University and the School of Physics and Astronomy are committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity. Our inclusive environment welcomes applications from talented people from diverse backgrounds. We strongly welcome female applicants and those from any ethnic minority group, as they are underrepresented in our School. The School of Physics & Astronomy has a Juno Practitioner accreditation that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. The University is committed to ensuring that we sustain a positive working environment for all staff to flourish and achieve. As part of this commitment, the University has developed a flexible and responsive framework of procedures to support staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible. Applications are welcome from individuals who wish to work part-time or full time.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

  • Postgraduate degree at PhD level in Physics or Materials Science with specialty in numerical simulations and optical/mechanical modelling of 3D composite materials
  • Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within the following research fields:
  • Optical and mechanical modelling of 3D topological structures
  • Dirac/Weyl point physics in 2D/3D metamaterials
  • Artificial gauge fields in metamaterials/photonic crystals
  • Knowledge of current status of research in 3D topological photonics and modelling techniques of DNA origami
  • Proven ability to publish in international journals and high-impact conferences associated with photonic crystals, metamaterials and DNA origami
  • Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop applications to funding bodies
  • Communication and Team Working
  • Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication
  • Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals
  • Other
  • Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work
  • Proven ability to work without close supervision
  • Desirable Criteria

            10. Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to        enhance the research activities of the School.

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