Computational Modelling Group

Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Optical waveguides with microelectromechanical actuation

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19th February 2012
COMSOL, Finite elements, Iridis, Linux, Matlab, MEMS, Multi-physics, Optimisation, Photonics, Windows
Peter Horak

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Salary: £27,578 to £30,122

Full Time Fixed Term

Reference: 085112EH

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position, which will initially be for 2 years, at the Optoelectronics Research Centre in the area of theory and modelling of optical waveguides with microelectromechanical actuation. The position is part of an EPSRC funded programme of research and involves a close collaboration with University College London.

You will be working with a multidisciplinary multi-university team on a highly novel fast nanomechanical optical waveguide switch technology, the subject of the recently-awarded grant. The aim is to address the vital need for switchable optical buffering, which is growing more urgent as speeds and data volumes in optical networks rise. You will be joining one of the most active and leading groups in the world in photonics and optical communications technology.

The work will focus on the theory and numerical modelling of the optical and mechanical properties of coupled optical waveguides, using a flexible geometry that can be changed continuously, e.g. by electrostatic forces. The results of these investigations will inform the design of a prototype device to be fabricated by our project partners in London. The device will then be characterised and its design verified by testing in a systems environment. You will need strong analytical skills and experience in numerical modelling of microscale systems. Ideally, you will have experience in optical waveguide or fibre modelling and/or of microelectromechanical systems. Knowledge of numerical software packages (Comsol, Matlab, finite element or beam propagation packages) would be an advantage. Applicants with a PhD in physics, engineering, applied mathematics or a related field with good communication skills and the ability to work well as part of a collaborative team on a challenging project should apply. Potential applicants are welcome to contact Dr Peter Horak ( for more information.

Please apply on-line through the University of Southampton website or call 023 8059 2750. The closing date for applications is 19th February 2012. Please quote reference number 085112EH in all correspondence.