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Professor of Photonics

Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £59,854 to £93,155 per annum
Grade:  Band 1
Contract Type:  Continuing
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Saturday 20 August 2022
Interview Date:  Monday 05 September 2022
Reference:  R220341
Release Date:  Wednesday 01 June 2022

Applications are invited for a full-time, Professor of Photonics.

The Aston institute of Photonic Technologies (AiPT) is one of the largest photonics research centres in the UK, pursuing a diverse range of topics at the leading edge including high-speed optical transmission, signal processing, wide-band amplification, nonlinear photonics, fibre gratings, fibre lasers, bio- and medical photonics, and optical sensing. AiPT maintains fertile collaborations with industrial companies and academic institutions throughout the world. It has recently successfully expanded, with brand new 1800 square metre state of the art laboratories, including clean room (~160m2), and capital equipment, and is now seeking an outstanding research leader to join this growing team.

The successful applicant will develop an independent and sustainable research programme and will have demonstrated that their unique capabilities offer synergies with existing AiPT groups, and opportunities to develop new research fields and technologies, with a strong awareness of regional needs. They will have a background commensurate with a Professor of Photonics including strong and productive track records of:

•          high quality publications and intellectual property

•          invited and keynote presentations

•          industrial and academic engagement

•          a portfolio of income 

•          commercialisation 

•          national and international research collaborations

•          development and implementation of research strategy

•          professional body membership

•          conference organisation 

•          mentorship 

•          entrepreneurial culture development

•          management and leadership 

•          research facility development

Whilst this position is open to any candidate with a track record in Photonics research, we would particularly welcome applications from candidates with substantial experience in one or more of the following fields:

•          Photonic device development and fabrication

•          Photonics in new and emerging wavebands

•          Nano engineering

•          Application specific optical frequency combs

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the AiPT Director, Professor Sergei Turitsyn, or one of the deputy directors Profs Forysiac and Ellis in advance of an application to discuss this opportunity. 

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Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  It promotes equality and diversity in all aspects of its work. We are committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recognised by a silver award, and we are a Disability Confident Employer Level 2. We strive to have robust inclusivity strategies in place, including race and sexual orientation, to encourage colleagues to have the confidence and freedom to be themselves in the workplace. For more information, visit:

As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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