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Research Associate in Nanobiophotonics

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University of York
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The Department of Physics is at the forefront of pioneering global research and technological advancement in our world leading research centres, focused on biophysics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, and plasma physics and fusion energy at the York Plasma Institute. As a department we strive to provide a working environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, flourish, and excel. We aim to ensure that there is a supportive and egalitarian culture at all levels and across all staff groups. We promote good practice and a strong culture of equality in higher education and are proud of our Juno Champion Award and Athena SWAN Silver Award.


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to work on a collaborative project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of the UK. The successful candidate will work with an exceptional multidisciplinary team of photonics and electronic engineers, chemists and collaborate with healthcare clinicians. The goal of the project is to build a novel blood test inside a disposable cartridge. This involves using photonic nanostructures based on guided mode resonances (GMR) and developing interferometric methods for the analysis of blood cells. The role holder will fabricate nanostructures in our State-of-the-Art cleanroom and test them both structurally and optically. The blood cell analysis will use interferometric techniques and aim to distinguish between red and white blood cells. The post is full-time (100% FTE), is expected to start as soon as possible and is available for a duration of 12 months.

The successful candidate will use both the nanofabrication facilities of the Photonics group and the Bio-inspired Technology laboratory, as well as the Photonics laboratories for device characterisation and for development of the interferometric blood analysis technique. A particularly exciting aspect of the project is the close collaboration with clinical experts at the University of Leeds and with industry partners, who are keen to translate the technology into end-user products.  

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

We are looking for a highly motivated individual able to conduct high quality research with both fundamental and translational goals. The successful candidate is expected to have significant experience in fabricating nanophotonic structures; mastering this process is an essential requirement for the role. In addition, the role-holder should be familiar with simulation tools for the design of optical components, such as FDTD, and the interfacing between microfluidic and optical components. The candidate is expected to have excellent knowledge of semiconductor processing techniques and the design of photonic devices, including interferometric techniques. Experience in a range of characterisation techniques such as waveguide spectroscopy are also expected. A track record of publishing in high- quality scientific journals is also essential. The successful candidate will play an important role within a multidisciplinary research team, so experience of working collaboratively, on highly interdisciplinary research projects, is required.

Interview date: TBC

For informal enquiries: please contact Prof Thomas Krauss ( or Physic HR (

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