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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Liquid Crystal Phase Modulator Development


Standard Grade 7: £33,309 - £40,927 per annum

Closing date

May 19, 2022 12:00PM


We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the Soft Matter Photonics research group at the Department of Engineering Science (central Oxford).  The post is funded by the European Space Agency and MDA Space and is fixed-term for 12 months in the first instance.


This project involves the development of a new liquid crystal phase modulator for optical beam-steering applications in the Space sector. You will be responsible for the preparation of liquid crystal samples, fabrication of liquid crystal devices, and the characterization of the electro-optic properties. You will also be required to carry out characterization and simulations of the time-resolved optical phase modulation response using experimental techniques and modelling, respectively, that have been developed at Oxford. 


You should possess a PhD/DPhil (or near completion) in Optoelectronic Engineering, Material Science, Physics, or a related discipline.


Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Stephen Morris (email: 


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Only online applications received before midday on 19th May 2022 can be considered. You will be required to upload a covering letter/supporting statement, including a brief statement of research interests (describing how past experience and future plans fit with the advertised position), CV and the details of two referees as part of your online application.


The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze award, highlighting its commitment to promoting women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Contact name

Prof Stephen Morris

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