Research Fellow in Advanced Nanophotonic Structures for Sensitive Document Security Features

Employer: UCL Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Job location
London, WC1E 7JE
Job salary
£36,028 - £38,015 per annum
Job term
The post is available from 1st February 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter until 30th September 2022, in the first instance. Further funding to support the post maybe available.
Job closing date


We wish to appoint a Research Fellow to work on a recently DASA funded project on advanced nanophotonic designs for new security features in sensitive documents (passports, id cards, driving licenses, credit cards, bank notes etc). Public confidence in sensitive documents is directly related to the ability of the user to accurately and quickly authenticate them. Sensitive public documents employ a range of overt features – such as holographic foils or optically variable coloured inks - to aid public or retailer authentication. This project is now looking ahead and proposes to develop novel, security features and print technologies based on nanophotonic designs for potential use in future generations of sensitive documents.
We are looking for an enthusiastic researcher to take a proactive role in performing research activities as outlined below. 

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to develop expertise in designing and fabricating advanced nanophotonic structures by leveraging the state-of-the-art in optical/photonic modelling and clean-room nanofabrication available in the photonic innovations lab at UCL.

The potholder will take a lead in liaising with project collaborators and security feature manufacturers as well as regularly communicate and work in close collaboration with the post supervisor and collaborators. he successful candidate will also be required to reporting experimental results in consultation with line manager; attend group meetings and preparing minutes as required. 

In addition, the post holder will have access to a variety of training programmes for career development exclusively available to UCL staff. 

Due to the nature of the role, appointment will be conditional on successful security clearance.

The post is available from 1st February 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter until 30th September 2022, in the first instance. Further funding to support the post maybe available.


Key Requirements
Applicants should hold a PhD degree (or be about to submit ) in Nanophotonics, Nanofabrication, Materials Science or a related field. Experience in optical/nanophotonic modelling is essential as is experience in nanoimprint lithography, roll-to-roll continuous embossing process or other nanoscale replication processes of nanostructures in polymers.

We are looking for candidates who can present technical information effectively to a range of audiences as well as work in a team and independently. A committment to high quality research in essential and experience in filing patents and IP protection is desirable.

If the successful candidate has not yet been awarded their PhD, appointment will be made as a Research Assistant (Grade 6B). Payment at Grade 7 will be backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis including corrections, once the PhD has been awarded. The salary scale for Research Assistant (Grade 6B), point 24-26 is £31,542 - £33,257 per annum.

Further Details
A copy of the job description can also be downloaded below.

Applications should be submitted via the UCL HR Jobs website

Interested applicants are encouraged to make informal enquiries about  the post to Professor Ioannis Papakonstantinou : i.papakonstantinou@ucl.ac.uk 

Any queries regrading the application process can be sent to Vicky Coombes at v.coombes@ucl.ac.uk.

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This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.