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Research Fellow

Centre for Photonics Expertise

Location:  St Asaph
Salary:  £40,322 to £44,045 per annum
Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Monday 15 March 2021
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  2021338

Full time – 37 hours per week.

Fixed Term to 30th November 2021 but currently under review for extension to 29th May 2022.

Applications are invited for a Senior Research Fellow in photonics disciplines on a full-time, fixed-term basis working in the Centre for Photonics Expertise (CPE) based at Glyndwr University’s OpTIC Technology Centre, St Asaph LL17 0JD. 

CPE is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. EU Funds: Investing in Wales

The post holder will be responsible for leading and developing projects relating to the delivery of collaborative research projects supporting industrial partners with developing their products and/or processes through the practical application of Photonics technologies and disciplines.

The post holder will provide technical and practical expertise and leadership in support of CPE projects and will apply their Photonics knowledge and skills to delivering solutions to challenges identified through the CPE program.  

The WGU team specialises is the development of CNC processes, precision metrology of surfaces, optical and mechanical design and is also home to the brand new state of the art production scale Vacuum Coating R&D facility. Based in the extensively equipped OpTIC Technology Centre the role holder will be involved in collaborative research and development projects supporting photonics technology based advanced manufacturing solutions and processes for industrial partners. 

Candidates should be qualified to PhD level (or near completion or equivalent) in a relevant area of engineering, physics, or chemistry and should have experience of delivering collaborative higher technology readiness level (TRL) projects. They will also preferably have experience in funding application processes and project scoping.

Welsh language skills are desirable for this post.

The successful candidates will be expected to be in post as soon as possible.

 For an informal discussion of the posts please contact Prof. Caroline Gray via email at:

Overview of CPE Programme

This senior research post requires highly motivated persons to undertake research and development projects at the Centre for Photonics Expertise (CPE) partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This is a £5.8m programme over 3.5 years and its aim is to unify the Wales Photonics research capability to deliver cross sector, industry driven photonics solutions, strengthening the Photonics market penetration of Wales “PLC” worldwide via a shared pan Wales Photonics Technology Presence and leading to effective improvement in new product / process development for Welsh industry and creating a solid organisational foundation for future inward investments to build the Welsh economy. 

Glyndwr University is the lead partner in this collaborative project along with Aberystwyth, South Wales and Bangor universities. The partnership will work with companies across West Wales and Valleys in areas such as manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications, energy and agriculture.

The OpTIC Technology Centre is renowned for its expertise in the design, manufacture and metrology of complex optical surfaces and systems. The successful candidates will work closely with the whole Wrexham Glyndwr Team and wider CPE academic partnership to support knowledge exchange between universities and industry. 

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Wrexham Glyndwr University is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates and will ensure applicants will not be discriminated against due to their protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. The University will make all efforts to meet your access requirements, please contact our Human Resources Team as soon as possible to discuss any adjustments you may need.  

We welcome applications in Welsh and English. Any applications submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than applications submitted in English.

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