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All current vacancies:

(1) PhD Positions.

(2) Research Associate in Graphene-based Mode-locked Lasers for Coherent Raman Imaging (Fixed Term).


1. PhD positions

PhD positions are available every year. Prospective candidates are invited to send their CV and two reference letters directly to Prof A. C. Ferrari (

Dr Tawfique Hasan ( and Dr Felice Torrisi () are also accepting new PhD students in the broad field of nanotubes, graphene and other layered materials for engineering applications. Prospective candidates are invited to contact them directly with their CV, publications list and two reference letters.

Please note most fully funded scholarships are applicable only to EU students. Non-EU students must secure additional independent funding to meet the University overseas requirements.

PhD positions as part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Graphene technology are also available every year. Information can be found here.

We especially look for candidates with top class degrees in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science.

For general information on the PhD application to Cambridge please see


2. Research Associate in Graphene-based Mode-locked Lasers for Coherent Raman Imaging (Fixed Term)

A position exists for a Research Associate in graphene-based mode-locked lasers for coherent Raman imaging.

The aim is to develop an innovative mode-locked dual-colour fibre laser system for accurate fingerprinting of tumour tissues through coherent Raman imaging. The outcome of this project will have a disruptive impact on healthcare, as it will improve the accuracy of early-stage tumour detection and lead to better prognoses. The ideal candidate should have proven hands-on experience in nonlinear and ultrafast optics, with a particular emphasis on mode-locked lasers and fiber lasers. The candidate will interact with a dynamic start-up company which aims at commercialization of the developed laser technology within an European Research Council Proof of Concept Grant.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Electrical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Applied Physics or Material Science with a proven track record in ultrafast photonics and nanotechnology, including processing, fabrication, characterization, integration and application of GRMs for ultrafast photonics and optoelectronics. Preference will be given to candidates with proven track record in ultrafast lasers based on GRMs and fabrication, characterization and integration of GRMs for ultrafast photonics and optoelectronics, as demonstrated by publications in major journals. A solid understanding of ultrafast and non-linear optics and GRM physics is required.

The post holder will be located in West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Salary range: Research Associate: 32,236 - 39,609.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter and any addition documents related to the post in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

Please quote reference NM18759 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The closing date for applications is 17 May 2019. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the HR Office on 01223 332615 or by email on or the Cambridge Graphene Centre administrator by email on Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Andrea C. Ferrari

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

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Nanomaterials and Spectroscopy Group , Electrical Engineering Division, Cambridge University Engineering Department, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0FA, UK
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Last updated April 2019.