Research Associate in Polaritonics
This post is temporary until 31 October 2017
The Faculty of Science and Engineering is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to the Physics branch to help bringing to completion the ERC POLAFLOW project. The POLAFLOW project is an ambitious European-funded Research effort in collaboration with groups in Italy (Lecce) and Greece (Heraklion), aiming at bringing propagating condensates of microcavity polaritons reach the stage of useful applications.
The project, started 2012-11-01, is due to complete on 2017-10-31. Following a series of breakthroughs, such as the realizations of polariton transistors [Nat. Com. 2013], the observation of a polariton backjet [Nat. Com. 2014] and polarization shaping of pulses of light [Light: Science & Applications 2015], the project is now in its last stage of development, following its proposal for a new scheme of polariton excitation by quantum light [Phys. Rev. Lett. 2015], which has been realized in the laboratory [arXiv:1609.01244]. The results challenge the established wisdom on the strength of polariton interactions and a deep theoretical effort is required to understand the details of the observation, reporting a loss of entanglement of an exciting Bell state impinging on a polariton condensate.
The post will involve developing the ad hoc theory, process and describe the experimental data and assist in the publication of the results in a journal of standard matching the claims, as well as their dissemination to the scientific community. Purely theoretical studies of the general theme of “exciting with quantum lights” as well as contributions to the other scientific and academic activities of the group are expected. The position is at Ph. D level, requires a complete command of quantum optics in semiconductor physics and condensed matter physics of out-of-equilibrium systems and familiarity with the results of the polariton community. The Physics branch at the University of Wolverhampton is a new but quickly developing area of STEM at the University.
The successful applicant is also expected to take part in the wider scope of activities of the group, including teaching, participation to laboratories, support to students and administrative duties.
For an informal discussion about the post please contact the Director of studies for Physics, Dr Fabrice Laussy on 01902 322270, the Head of School, Dr Gary Hix on 01902 322365 or the departmental secretary (to leave a message), Emma Miles on 01902 322536.
The University of Wolverhampton values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.