Research Fellow in Optomechanics for Gravimetry

University of Southampton

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Position type:

Full time


£30,942 to £31,866

21 Jan 2021
03 Mar 2021

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Reference number: SOU-1311320WF-R

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to work on the recently awarded EPSRC project "Integrated levitated optomechanical gravimeter", which is an experimental physics project on waveguide based levitated optomechanics in vacuum. The ultimate goal of this research project is to realise a platform for ultra-precise sensing of forces such as gravity. We propose an exciting innovation in quantifying gravity, based on the frequency measurement of the gravity-induced precession in an optically levitated fast-spinning particle. You will join the research group of Professor Hendrik Ulbricht ( at the Quantum, Light and Matter (QLM) research division at the School of Physics and Astronomy (P&A) on a joint project with Dr Jize Yan from the School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton (UoS), UK.

To be successful you will have a PhD* or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in experimental physics or engineering. You should have expertise in at least one of the following experimental research fields: cavity optomechanics, trapped ions and knowledge about experimental techniques including parametric feedback cooling, vibration isolation and cancellation, nanofabrication, vacuum techniques, nanoparticle trapping and control, inertial and force sensing. 

The post is available with a start date as soon as possible and is initially fixed term until 31/01/2023 due to funding restrictions with a possibility of an extension.

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*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

**subject to qualifying criteria

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