Current Vacancies

  • Job title

    Research Associate

  • Job Role

    Design and fabrication of novel optical fibres and fibre devices

  • Location

    University of Bath, with some travel to the Queens Medical Research Institute at the University of Edinburgh

  • Line Managers

    Dr Jim Stone; Prof Tim Birks

  • Minimum qualification

    PhD in optics/photonics, or similar relevant experience

  • Contract

    Fixed term for 30 months

  • Salary

    Starting from £33,199, rising to £39,609

  • Application deadline

    23rd April 2019

Project description

We are looking for a Research Associate to carry out research into the design and fabrication of novel optical fibres and fibre devices

You will be based in the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials at the University of Bath under the supervision of Prof Tim Birks and Dr Jim Stone, and work closely with several interdisciplinary academic partners.


The research is in pursuit of separate projects applying fibre photonics to medicine and astronomical instrumentation, but the techniques employed are closely related. For the medical applications, you will be part of the EPSRC Proteus Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration and work closely with clinical partners at the University of Edinburgh to translate your work into the clinic during the course of the project.

You will use the state of the art fibre fabrication facility at the University of Bath to design and fabricate optical fibres. You will build these into prototype devices and be expected to carry out experiments both in laboratories at the University of Bath and at partnering institutions.

The overall aim of the position will be to bring fundamental optical fibre research from the lab into the clinic and the observatory as appropriate, and then on to exploitation.

This is a fixed-term role available for 30 months.

Application Procedure

For any informal enquiries about the role please contact Dr Jim Stone ( or Prof Tim Birks (; however, please ensure that all applications are submitted via the University website:

Further details and Apply

Reference: CC6617