Self Assembling Photonic Materials

Photonic materials play a vital role in today’s technology and many of the key applications, such as displays and lasers, are based on fundamental physics carried out in the latter half of the last century. Photonic materials that are self-assembled are a fascinating class of systems in which the optical properties result from the self-organisation in the system and which can include properties of relevance to applications in energy, displays, biophotonics, and optical devices. You will carry out a programme of research based on advanced materials in which the bulk photonic properties are a consequence of the order and structure of the soft matter system, controlled through self-assembly. This will complement the work on liquid crystals, polymers and colloids in the Soft Matter Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

Working in the School of Physics and Astronomy, you will also apply your experimental skills in novel materials and their technological application to the furthering collaboration with experts from the schools of Chemistry, Electronic and Electrical Engineering and the Astbury Centre for Biophysics. This will lead to joint funding bids for further research in ‘Grand Challenge Areas’ including ‘Understanding Self Assembly’ and Innovative Manufacturing’ at Leeds. You will build a research profile that will contribute to the University’s ambition to excel at REF2020, and possess a sustained record of internationally excellent (and some world-leading) publications.

You will also be expected to participate strongly in the development and delivery of relevant educational material/programmes at the undergraduate and PhD levels.

You will have a PhD in Physics, an excellent track record of research in experimental physics applied to photonic soft matter systems and a commitment to teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in a research environment.

University Grade 8 (£38,511 to £45,954)

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Professor Helen Gleeson, email: or Professor Tom Hartquist, tel: +44 (0)113 343 3885; email:

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