ORGANISATION/COMPANYScience and Technology Facilities Council
RESEARCHER PROFILEFirst Stage Researcher (R1)
APPLICATION DEADLINE06/12/2020 23:00 - Europe/London
LOCATIONUnited Kingdom › Didcot
TYPE OF CONTRACTTemporary
HOURS PER WEEK40
EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMMEH2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
MARIE CURIE GRANT AGREEMENT NUMBER956857
TERAOPTICS Terahertz Photonics PhD position
£38,000 - £39,800 (includes a mobility allowance)
Fixed Term for 3 years
RAL Space, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire.
Applications are invited for a PhD position (Early Stage Researcher) to be funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network “TERAOPTICS – Terahertz Photonics for Communications, Space, Security, Radio-Astronomy, and Material Science”. TERAOPTICS is a consortium of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in France, Germany, Lithuania, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Further information is at https://www.euraxess.org.uk/jobs/547266
About the role
This is an exciting PhD opportunity, working amongst the most talented minds in Europe within the area where photonics and terahertz overlap. As the successful candidate, you will have the opportunity to be part of RAL Space’s team developing and delivering state of the art technology, primarily destined for Earth observation and radio astronomy applications, but also applicable to future wide bandwidth wireless communications. Our terahertz technology is used in space and in a range of telescope and observatory sites worldwide: see https://www.ralspace.stfc.ac.uk/Pages/Millimetre-Wave.aspx You will also receive excellent training through exchange visits with TERAOPTICS partners and formal courses run by the network.
The purpose of the PhD research is to build an integrated heterodyne terahertz receiver for ≥ 300 GHz, applying power combining approaches to build a GaAs or InGaAs heterodyne receiver with a photonic local oscillator. You will design the devices, then assemble and test the power combined source. This project will achieve several integration firsts and will provide the ESR with excellent training in numerical and practical aspects of photonic and conventional Schottky terahertz design.
You must be an Early Stage Researcher: someone who, at the time of recruitment, is in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research career and has not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. You will be required to move to the UK when taking up the appointment. You must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to your recruitment.
You will be registered for a PhD in University College London, and you must meet the UCL PhD programme entry requirements. TERAOPTICS has a pre-arranged provision for payment of your university registration fees. Further details on eligibility are also at: https://www.euraxess.org.uk/jobs/547266
Good written and verbal communication skills are essential. The quality of your cover letter, explaining how you meet the person specification, will be included in the assessment.
What we offer
STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies, a subsidised restaurant and good public transport links.
How to Apply
Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.
Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.
Please direct informal enquiries to Peter.Huggard@stfc.ac.uk
The closing date for applications is 2359 GMT on Sunday 6th December 2020
EURAXESS offer ID: 575965
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