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An unsolved grand challenge has been to develop design rules for the long-range transport of excitons. Our goal is to solve this grand challenge.

Do you enjoy exciting, cross-disciplinary and cutting-edge research? 


We are shortly going to be recruiting for a new Research Associate to join our team.

Research Associate in Strong Plasmon-Exciton Coupling  in Molecular Photonic Breadboards

Open for applications at:

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science in The University of Sheffield


Fixed term for two years with a start date of 02/01/23 and an end date of 31/12/24.

Grade 7 - £35,333 - £43,414 per annum pro-rata (Potential to progress to £47,423 per annum through sustained exceptional contribution)

Closing date for applications: 20 December 2022

Do you enjoy exciting, cross-disciplinary and cutting-edge research? We are seeking an expert in plasmonics to join a team of nine other postdoctoral researchers and four PhD students working on a £7.3 M collaborative project funded by EPSRC across the Universities of Sheffield, Bristol and Exeter, and led by Prof G. J. Leggett.


The aim of our five-year programme is to develop a new, modular approach to the design of photonic materials, inspired by biological photosynthetic membranes. In our 'molecular photonic breadboards', minimal units - synthetic antenna complexes - are designed from scratch to organise molecular components precisely in space. These building blocks are assembled to form nanostructured films. By exploiting the exciting new physics of strong light-matter coupling, we aim to control energy transfer pathways from the nm to the cm scale! Our goal is to lay the foundations for a revolution in the design of molecular photonic materials.


You will have a PhD or equivalent experience in plasmonics, and a passion for cross-disciplinary collaborative research. We are particularly keen to receive applications from scientists with expertise in strong light-matter coupling.


The position is available for 2 years in the first instance. You will be part of a team of scientists that encompasses physics (Prof W. L. Barnes, Exeter and Dr J. Clark, Sheffield), chemistry (Prof S. P. Armes FRS, Prof J. Weinstein and Prof N. H. Williams, Sheffield), biology (Prof C. N. Hunter FRS, Sheffield and Prof D. N. Woolfson, Bristol), and dentistry (Prof D. W. Lambert, Sheffield).


For more information about our programme and the consortium, visit


We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and University.


We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.


We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.


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Closing date for applications: 20 December 2022 

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