Semiconductor Research Engineer - KTP Associate

University of Glasgow / Vector Photonics Ltd
Location: Glasgow
Salary: Up to £30,497- £40,927 per annum
Closing Date: 1st December 2021

Job Purpose
To work on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership funded programme for the conducting accelerated lifetesting of PCSELs, a revolutionary new class of laser diodes.

The industrial partner for this project is Vector Photonics Ltd. ( , which is a spin-out company from the University of Glasgow. The company has expanded rapidly over the past 2 years and the selected candidate will primarily be based at their premises at the West of Scotland Science Park, receiving training from both the company and university teams.

You should have experience with fabrication or testing of semiconductor devices, but also practical engineering skills. Your work will be closely aligned to the design, fabrication and testing teams of the company and work with management staff. You will take a leading role in the establishment of automated accelerated testing equipment at Vector Photonics and of data analysis from testing of laser diodes. The successful candidate will also be expected to write reports on their studies and research papers during the course of the KTP.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Developing Accelerated Life Testing (ALT) protocols and test setups for ongoing reliability tests of laser diodes.
2. Undertake failure analysis of laser diodes and interpret data from an array of analytical equipment
3. Designing and fabricating working laser diodes that can be incorporated into a working demonstrator
4. To collaborate with the academic members of the project team in order to transfer testing knowledge into the company.
5. To contribute to writing up research papers and presenting research findings at national and international meetings
6. To prepare technical project reports and SOPs with regular presentation of research findings at project and company meetings.
7. To take responsibility for equipment and labs associated with the project and take an active role in forming a material characterization strategy within the company.
8. To keep up to date with current developments in the subject field and market trends.
9. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as required by the Line Manager and Senior Business Employee.
10. To contribute to School of Engineering activities, such as supervision of Master's students undertaking projects related to this core work, and to present on own work at seminars/lectures etc.
11. To carry out administrative tasks associated with research assigned by the Line Manager and Senior Business Employee.
12. To contribute to College-School research strategy, culture, meetings and related training.

A1 Normally Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or alternatively possess the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience, with experience of personal development in a similar or related role(s)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Essential:
C1 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge, or interest, of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism
C2 Detailed knowledge of semiconductor devices, and practical experience of optical and electrical testing
C3 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience, appropriate to an early career researcher

D1 A knowledge of laser diodes and experience in the fabrication or testing of them
D2 A knowledge of accelerated life testing and data analysis from life tests
D3 A knowledge of operating Secondary Electron Microscopes or analysing data acquired from them. Any other experience with suitable failure analysis equipment

E1 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner;
E2 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in high quality journals and conferences;
E3 Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities;
E4 Ability to demonstrate a degree of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, design & analysis of experiments & drafting of papers;
E5 Experience in undertaking independent research;
E6 Ability to take initiative and project manage;
E7 Confident and self-reliant.

Standard Terms & Conditions
The salary shall be determined by the Researcher, the University and the KTP Partner. The amount shall be appropriate to the experience and qualifications of the appointed Researcher in the range of £30,497- £40,927 per annum.

Funding is available on a full-time basis (35 hours per week) and is available for up to 24 months in the first instance.

The selected candidate will be based primarily at the West of Scotland Science park (, which is located close to Glasgow’s West end, with some time being trained at the University of Glasgow initially.

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months. The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits. All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University's relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court's policies. It is the University of Glasgow's mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment. We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality. The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401. 

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