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Research Associate in Theoretical and Computational Modelling of Quantum Photonic Materials and Devices

Photonics Group working under Prof. Nicolae Panoiu.

We wish to recruit a Research Associate from 1st December 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter to work on a five-year ERC funded project, Quantum Metamaterials: A Theoretical and Computational Approach Towards Seamlessly Integrated Hybrid Classical/Quantum Nano-structures (QUANTUMMETALINK). The overarching aim of this project is to initiate and advance an integrated theoretical and computational research programme in an emerging area of metamaterials research, namely Quantum Metamaterials. Unlike ordinary materials, which are assembled at the atomic level, metamaterials are composite materials built up from artificially engineered meta-atoms and meta-molecules. The fundamental idea in this area of research is that remarkable physical properties beyond those available in naturally occurring materials can be achieved by designing the meta-constituents of the metamaterial and structuring it at a scale comparable or smaller than the optical wavelength. In this context, a new paradigm in metamaterials research emerges when the building blocks of metamaterials are quantum resonators, e.g., quantum dots, graphene dots, and quantum nanowires, case in which the macroscopic properties of quantum metamaterials are determined by the quantum properties of their basic constituents. We have organised this research programme along three synergistically integrated themes. The first will focus on the development of a general theory of the effective, macroscopic properties of quantum metamaterials. The key challenge is to build a theoretical framework in which the macroscopic properties of quantum metamaterials are derived directly from those of their quantum building blocks. The second theme will be geared towards developing a set of numerical methods and software tools for ab initio simulations of fundamental physical properties of quantum metamaterials. Finally, the third theme is devoted to the exploration of new science and novel applications of quantum metamaterials. Throughout the duration of the project, there will be two Research Associates working collaboratively on this project, one on the classical electrodynamics aspects of the project and the other one on its quantum mechanical aspects.

The Research Associate will be part of Photonics Group, and work under Prof. Nicolae Panoiu. A first degree in theoretical physics, electrical engineering, materials sciences, or applied mathematics, and significant research experience in theoretical and computational physics, quantum optics, or materials science is required for this post. Preferably, the candidate should have extensive knowledge of one or more computational quantum mechanics methods, including DFT, TD-DFT, and Monte Carlo methods. Candidates should hold, or be about to obtain, a PhD. State-of–the-art high-performance computing facilities will be available for this project, including UCL's Legion cluster, which comprises over 5700 CPU cores, and a computing cluster of about 400 cores available exclusively to the members of Prof. Panoiu’s group.

The salary scales are as follows:

Research Associate: Grade 7, salary £34,635-£41,864 pa

Salaries shown are inclusive of London Allowance (£3031 per annum).

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,316- £31,967 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis (including corrections).

Interested applicants are encouraged to make informal enquiries to Prof. Panoiu, tel: 020 7679 2819,

All applications should be submitted via UCL online recruitment system

You can also download a copy of the advert and job description.

Job reference 1677274

You will need to upload the following documents with your application:

  • CV (including the names and contact details of at least two referees who may be contacted prior to interview)
  • An up to date list of publications

If you experience any problems please contact Vicky Coombes at quoting reference 1677274

Please do not send CV’s direct.

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Closing Date: 27th October 2017