University of Kent – School of Physical Sciences

Do you have a degree in Physics/Optics or Electrical Engineering? Do you have experience of undertaking research in an optics lab?

We are looking for Research Associate in Optical Coherence Tomography. This position is supported by two grants: “ADASMART”, funded by ERC and NIHR at the BRC UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. Your research activity will tackle several instruments to image better tissue with emphasis on imaging the eye. Lower cost versions of such instrumentation will also be a focus, employing digital commercial cameras and smart phones.

To perform such research, you will use prior knowledge of optical coherence tomography (OCT), interferometry, fibre optics, scanning, microscopy, tuning lasers, cameras and their interfacing to computers. Knowledge of LabVIEW is also essential. You will need to be well organised and disciplined and collaborate with other members of the AOG.

As Research Associate you will:

  • Devise and assemble innovative optical configurations to achieve agreed goals.
  • Collaborate on the overall design and requirements with all partners involved.
  • Contact suppliers, request quotes, fill in order to ensure a timely progress of the lab activity.
  • Write regular reports, and compiling data.

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A good honours degree in Physics/Optics or Electrical Engineering.
  • Research towards PhD completed and thesis in advanced state.
  • Experience in undertaking research in an optics lab.
  • Experience of LabVIEW, C++, MATLAB.
  • Prior research in handling optical coherence tomography or microscopy.

The School of Physical Sciences
The School of Physical Sciences (SPS) is part of the Faculty of Sciences, within the University. SPS is a dynamic department achieving national and international excellence in both teaching and research. The research effort is led by four groups, Applied Optics, Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Forensic Science, and Functional Materials. SPS has also developed a very active outreach programme within schools and professional institutions at the local and national level.

Further Information
Interviews are to be held: TBC

Please visit the University of Kent website where you can view the full job description and also apply for this post. If you require further information regarding the application process please contact The Resourcing Team on quoting ref number: STM0799.

Please note – applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly and explicitly address the requirements of the Person specification and you should provide clear evidence and examples in your application which back-up any assertions you make in relation to each criterion. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.