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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Northampton Square  Map & Directions
School / Service
School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Contract Duration
Salary Range (£)
36613 to 42418


City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.

City attracts around 19,500 students (35% at postgraduate level), from more than 150 countries and staff from over 75 countries.

In the last REF, City doubled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research.

Led by President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realising its vision of being a leading global university: it has recently agreed a new Vision & Strategy 2026.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Photonics, based within the Photonics & Instrumentation Research Centre of the SMCSE, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council entitled ‘Innovative low-cost Optical Sensor platform for Water Quality Monitoring’.
The aim of this research project is the development of robust optical sensors networks that measure the key biological and chemical markers and associated physical parameters will be able to deliver safe water for drinking and household, farm and industrial uses.

This appointment is permanent, subject to research funding. This research currently has funding for 34 months.


The Research Associate will undertake developing:

Optical fibre sensors, incorporating FBG and LPG for chemical and physical sensing to specific biomaterials and heavy-metal sensing. These will be concatenated in a single fibre for simultaneous monitoring with low-cost interrogation system.  Silicon PIC-based advanced sensors will also be developed. These sensors will be functionalised for improved sensitivity and selectivity with advanced signal processing for real-time in-situ applications with reduced cross-sensitivity and user-friendly displays.

These will be field tested to evaluate performance. Drafting publications and reports and presenting to scientific meetings. 

Person Specification

The successful candidate will have a background and skills to undertake a demanding research programme and have:

A PhD awarded (or as a minimum a PhD research completed or thesis submitted) in photonics, with expertise in the development and modelling/simulation of optical sensors; Demonstrate the evidence of an ability to undertake research which involves experimental and simulation aspects and to combine these successfully; Show evidence of success in previous research projects such as publications in major journals and presentations at International Conferences.


Additional Information

City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development.

Closing date for applications: 11.59pm on 21 February 2018. 

Actively working to promote equal opportunity and diversity.

Academic excellence for business and the professions.


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