Research Fellow – Advanced Nanophotonic Structures for Sensitive Document Security Features

Electronic & Electrical Engineering

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 17th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £36,028 - £38,015 per annum
  • REF: 1874600
  • Closes: 17th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities

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.

The project end date is 31st January 2023 so if the successful candidate starts after the 1st April 2021, the contract duration will be shorter.

The post is available from 1st April 2021 for 22 months, in the first instance.

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.

Please note: appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary 31,542 – 33,257 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

Further Details

A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the Apply Now button below.

Interested applicants are encouraged to make informal enquiries about the post to Professor Ioannis Papakonstantinou:

Any queries regrading the application process can be sent to Vicky Coombes at

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17 Mar 2021

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