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Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher – TERAOPTICS

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    University College London
    EngineeringElectrical engineering
    EngineeringElectronic engineering
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    29/11/2020 23:00 - Europe/London
    United Kingdom › London
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Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher - TERAOPTICS , - Ref:1873072

The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE), University College London is seeking to appoint two high-calibre Early Stage Researcher (ESR) to join the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network on ‘Terahertz Photonics for Communications, Space, Security, Radio-Astronomy, and Material Science - (TERAOPTICS)’.

The overarching objective of TERAOPTICS is to provide high-level training in the field of THz Photonics to a new generation of high achieving early stage researchers to provide them an inspiring research program and intellectual, scientific, technical and transferable skills trainings to enhance their career opportunities in academia and industry and to create the new generation of excellent, creative and risk-taking researchers and engineers. This goal will be achieved by a unique, internationally renowned, interdisciplinary and inter-sectorial network of academic and non-academic beneficiaries and partners providing both formal (workshop-style) and informal (hands-on) research training in a most stimulating professional environment, non-academic placements and scientific conferences.

The ESRs will be enrolled on the PhD programme at UCL’s EEE Department and will write their thesis on a topic related to either Integrated UTC Photodiode, SBD Receiver for High Sensitivity Satellite Receiver or Optimised antenna designs for Earth observation from UTC-PDs, supervised by Dr. Kasia Bałakier and Prof. Cyril Renaud at UCL and co-supervised by members of the other academic/industrial teams during the secondments.

They will work closely with the academic supervisors to ensure the compatibility of the individual project with the overall goals of TERAOPTICS as well as present and publish research to both academic and non-academic audiences.

In addition they will attend and participate in academic and non-academic conferences, events and seminars and actively participate in outreach activities and in promoting the Project’s progress and events in social networks. They will prepare progress reports and similar documents on research for funding bodies, as required and attend and participate in all training events and supervisory meetings.

The positions are available immediately for a period of 3 years. The successful post holders must be in position no later than September 2021.

Informal enquires regarding these positions can be sent to Prof. Cyril Renaud at c.renaud@ucl.ac.uk or Dr Kasia Balakier at k.balakier@ucl.ac.uk.

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Salary : £36,028 - £43,533 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

These figures quoted are before employer and employee deductions, including tax, national insurance and pension contributions, subject to the pension choices of the appointee.

The level of salary is also subject to the family status of the appointee as to whether they qualify for a family allowance. Due to potential future changes in the Euro/Pound Sterling exchange rate over the period of the appointment, where amendments are required, corrective payments will be made.

Salaries are not subject to either cost-of-living adjustments or increment progression, and are inclusive of London Allowance

Eligibility criteria

All candidates must meet the following requirements to be considered for this post:


  1. Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs) shall at the time of recruitment by the host organisation be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited.
  1. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Selection process

The selection and recruitment processes of the ESRs will be in accordance with the European Charter and Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The recruitment process will be open, transparent, impartial, equitable, and merit-based. There will be no overt/covert discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability or age. To this end, the following selection criteria for the recruitment of the ESRs will be considered:


  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Academic performance (diplomas, university transcripts, etc.)
  3. Research and industrial experience
  4. Awards and fellowships
  5. Publications and patents
  6. Research, leadership, and creativity potential
  7. English knowledge
  8. Other relevant items based on the specific candidate


The recruitment process will adhere to the guidelines described in the Grant Agreement of the TERAOPTICS project. In particular, at the network’s level, the TERAOPTICS management board will also be responsible for approving the short-listed applicants to ensure consistency across the network.


The applications will be analysed after the application deadline, and the shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview.

Additional comments

Applications should be submitted via the UCL Jobs website


Please search for reference 1873072


Offer Requirements


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree and a postgraduate Master's degree (or equivalent) in electronic or electrical engineering or a physical sciences subject as well as highly proficient English language skills. The ability to think logically, create solutions and make informed decisions is essential as is the ability to travel and work across Europe. A willingness to work collaboratively in a research environment is also required. Applicants should ideally have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills plus excellent organisational skills, attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines.

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EURAXESS offer ID: 572647


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