Ph.D. (IGCAR, Kalpakkam)
Assistant Professor (Research)
Soft Matter Photonics Research Group
Welecome to the Photonics & Soft Matter Physics Research Laboratory !
Open position: We are currently looking for a Junior Research Fellow (JRF) leading to PhD degree for the research project "External stimulus tunable random lasing based on magnetic soft matter" funded by DST-SERB, Govt. of India under the scheme Early Career Research Award (ECRA).(Application deadline- May 31, 2018, for details please see the "Opportunities & contact" tab)
Our research interests: Our reserach laboratory focuses on pursuing research at the interface of photonics, soft matter physics, nanophysics, optical engineering, optics, ultrafast optics and optical technique development. We investigare light-matter interaction, structural transition dynamics, crystallization, particle contact force distribution and mechanics of soft matters (magnetic nanofluid, magnetic emulsion, colloidal gel and granular matter), particularly their interaction with external stimuli (field, stress etc.) at different length scales, using existing experimental techniques (mainly optical) and also by developing new techniques, which also includes the design of optical lens systems (microscope objective lens etc.).
Short profile of Dr. Junaid: Dr. Junaid has been working as an Assistant Professor (research) in SRM Research Institute and Department of Physics and Nanotechnology, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) since September 2016. He has developed a light scattering technique to study the structural transitions in magnetic field polarizable soft matters, during his doctoral (Ph.D.) research at Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam, India. During his postdoctoral tenure at Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany, he has worked on the “determination of 3D structural topological origin of elasticity in colloidal gel under compressive strain”. During postdoctoral research at Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Goettingen, Germany, he has designed and developed a stress resolving two photon fluorescence microscope to measure 3D contact force distribution in hard, frictional granular packing of ruby spheres.
· Ph.D. , Physics, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam & University of Madras, Chennai, India, 2013
· M.Sc., Physics, Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam, India, 2005
· B.Sc., Physics, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam, India, 2003
· Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Physics & Nanotechnology, SRM Research Institute, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), Kattankulathur, Tamil Nadu, India, September 2016- till date.
· Visiting Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Goettingen, Germany, September 2017- March 2018.
· Postdoctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Goettingen, Germany, December 2012- August 2016.
· Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany, December 2011- November 2012.
Group leader: Dr. Junaid Masud Laskar
B. Tech. students:
B. Tech (Material Science)
Interested researchers and students with motivation to explore rich physics in the frontier research areas- photonics and soft matter physics are welcome to contact us for the following positions --
Postdoc position: Interested candidates should feel free to contact us
Phd/ JRF positions:
1) DST-SERB, Govt. of India funded JRF/ PhD position (under the scheme Early Career Research Award): One open position
Project title: External stimulus tunable random lasing based on magnetic soft matter
Background of the project: The idea of investigating and harnessing the rich physics arising from scattering due to unavoidable structural disorder present in any photonic material and the quest for lasers with reduced components leading to size miniaturization, low fabrication cost and tunability by external stimuli have resulted in the surge of interest in random laser (scattering medium with optical amplification or gain) research during the last two decades. Unlike a conventional laser, a random laser does not have any optical cavity, instead, the optical feedback comes from light scattering in a disordered media, and the interference of the scattered light gives rise to resonant modes at particular frequencies. Random lasers have many unique and useful characteristics, including very low spatial and/or temporal coherence; many modes can lase simultaneously with uncorrelated phases over a very broad frequency range. Besides making tremendous progress in understanding random lasing, in different disordered media, in combination with other physical phenomena - optical amplification, scattering, nonlinearity, and/or localization, external stimulus tunability of random lasing characteristics – lasing threshold, modes (frequency) - is yet to be achieved.
Goal of the project: Our goal is to achieve tunable random lasing on using magnetic field tunable soft matter systems as tunable random media with gain, where both the degree of order/disorder and the scattering strength can be easily controlled by applied field strength.
Essential qualification: M.Sc. (Physics/Photonics/Applied Physics/Material Science) or M.Tech. (Photonics/ Applied Optics/ Laser Technology/ Fiber Optics and Lightwave Engineering/ Opto-Electronics and Optical Communication/ Optics & Optoelectronics) securing minimum first class or equivalent CGPA.
Desirable: Stronng motivation to explore rich physics in the research areas - photonics/optics and soft matter physics.
Development opportunities: Selected candidate will have the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary field including tunable light-matter interaction, sample synthesis, lasers (pulsed and continuous wave), fiber optics spectrometer , spatial light modulator, Z scan measurement of nonlinear properties, interferometer development, instrument (optical and magnetic field setup) interfacing with LabVIEW and data analysis. Candidates will also have the opportunity to pursue research within the framework of national (TIFR, Mumbai, IGCAR, Kalpakkam etc.) and international (Max Planck Institute-DS, Goettingen, Germany, NCSU, Raleigh, USA etc.) collaboration, present research at national and international conferences.
Age limit: 28 years or below till last date of application.
Fellowship: For NET/GATE qualified and M.Tech. candidates the fellowship is Rs 25,000 + 20% HRA = Rs. 30,000 per month for 1st and 2nd year. Based on the performance, the JRF shall be promoted to Senior Research Fellow (SRF) in the 3rd year and the fellowship will be Rs. 28,000 + 20% HRA = Rs 33,600 per month.
For non-NET/GATE candidates, the fellowship is Rs 16,000 + 20% HRA = Rs 19,200 per month for 1st and 2nd year. Based on the performance, the JRF shall be promoted to SRF in the 3rd year and the fellowship will be Rs. 18,000 + 20% HRA = Rs 21,600 per month.
Fellowship Tenure: 3 years.
Registration for Ph.D.: Selected candidate shall register for full time Ph.D. program at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur, Chennai-603203.
Application procedure: Eligible candidates are requested to send their CV via e-mail to the Principal Investigator Dr. Junaid Masud Laskar (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com), Assistant Professor (research), Research Institute, Department of Physics and Nanotechnology, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur, Chennai 603203, Tamil Nadu.
Subject of the email should be “Application for JRF position in tunable random laser”.
Application deadline: May 31, 2018.
2) SRMIST funded PhD/JRF position: One open position
Interested candidates should apply online through the weblink
http://www.srmuniv.ac.in/ ... All Programs 2018 -- Apply Now
For details, the candidate should contact us.
M.Sc. project: One project is available
B.Tech. project: One project is available
Dr. Junaid Masud Laskar
Assistant Professor (Research)
Room: R-34, 13th Floor, University Building,
Department of Physics & Nanotechnology/ Research Institute
SRM Institute of Science and Technology
Kattankulathur - 603203
Tamil Nadu, India
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