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Research Associate in Nanophotonics and Light Scattering from Nanoparticles

Working on the European Research Council (ERC) starting grant, IntelGlazing.

We wish to recruit a Research Associate with expertise in the area of nanophotonics and light scattering from nanoparticles to join the photonic innovations lab at UCL ( and to work on the European Research Council (ERC) starting grant, IntelGlazing. The position is available from January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

IntelGlazing is a recently awarded ERC project whose objective is to create novel insulation and light control technologies based on nanotechnology and smart materials. The Research Associate in IntelGlazing will be responsible for the design, development and experimentation of tuneable nanophotonic coatings that will passively control the amount of light and heat transmitted through them based on the ambient environmental conditions. Such “smart” coatings can find application in architecture and in the automotive and aviation industries amongst others. Upon successful demonstration of small-scale prototypes, the RA will have the opportunity to work on scaling up their processes with the objective of demonstrating full-size prototypes to be tested in real environmental conditions with the aid of our industrial partners.

The post is available for a period of 2 years in the first instance. Further funding to support the post may be available.

Key Requirements

Applicants should have (or be about to submit) a PhD in one of the following areas: light scattering from nanoparticles, design and fabrication of nanoantennas, nanophotonic structures, plasmonics, metamaterials/metasurfaces or similar. A first degree in an engineering, physical, chemical or material sciences subject is required. Proven capability in electromagnetic theory with particular emphasis on Mie scattering, modelling of photonic nanostructures with Finite Difference Time Domain or Finite Element methods, and some experience in fabrication of photonic nanostructures and optical experimental skills are required. Experience in heat transport and heat radiative phenomena will be counted positively (but is not necessary).

Starting Salary from £34,635 - £41,864 per annum (incl. London Allowance of £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 (£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.



Applications should be submitted via the UCL Online Recruitment System.

Job reference 1698452

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If you experience any problems please contact Vicky Coombes at quoting Job reference 1698452

Interested applicants are encouraged to make Informal enquiries about the post to Dr. Ioannis Papakonstantinou at

Information about the activities of the photonics innovations lab at UCL can be found at

Closing Date: 2nd January 2018

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