CS Connected Research Associate

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES

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Research Associate – CS Connected

We are recruiting one or more enthusiastic, highly-motivated team-players with proven research and technical knowledge in the area of III-V Compound Semiconductor optoelectronic device design, fabrication and characterisation as part of the Strength in Places Fund (SIPF) ‘CS Connected’ programme.
This £43million programme aims to strengthen the position of the compound semiconductor cluster in South Wales to compete in rapidly evolving global markets.  It is part-funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places Fund (£25million) with the balance of investments provided by consortium partners, including Cardiff and Swansea Universities, the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult, seven industry and two government partners.
The successful applicant will have a key role in supporting the South Wales CS cluster in its next stages of evolution and growth, driving collaborations with industry partners.  As a research scientist you will work as part of a team advancing state of the art technology through academic discovery, and contribute to translation at industrial partners for industrial development and job creation.
You will be an internationally recognised researcher with an outstanding track record of achievement in the field of compound semiconductor optoelectronic device design and characterisation, with an understanding of material growth and device fabrication, demonstrated by publications in high quality academic journals, international conference presentations and with industrial collaborations.
Please submit with your completed application form your full CV and a statement of research interests and career goals (2 pages max) addressing the criteria in the person specification.
This is a full-time, fixed-term post at Grade 6 level, starting in November 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter, until 30 November 2024.

Salary: £33,797 – £40,322 per annum (Grade 6).  The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications and experience.

Informal enquiries about the post can be made by email to Prof. Peter Smowton (SmowtonPM@cardiff.ac.uk ), or Rebecca Blackwell (BlackwellRM@cardiff.ac.uk ).
Informal enquiries about working at Cardiff University can be made to Sadia Qamar (QamarS4@cardiff.ac.uk )

Date advert posted: Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Closing date: Friday, 11 December 2020

This post has previously been advertised to employees of Cardiff University only.  We now invite external applications.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.


Job Description

To conduct research on optoelectronic device design and characterisation as part of the Strength-in-Places Fund CSConnected project team and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research for publishing in high-quality journals and the development of patents. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To conduct research on VCSEL and / or InP edge emitting lasers and related topics and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including publishing in academic journals and high-impact conferences and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.
  • To develop research ideas and proposals for own or joint research including contributing to research funding proposals.
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting.
  • To prepare research ethics and governance applications as appropriate.
  • To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field.
  • To contribute to the operation and maintenance of a research-grade facility.
  • To enable, inform and contribute to the development of Compound Semiconductor device fabrication and characterisation.  
  • To monitor and report status and progress to the Programme Manager and Principal Investigator and maintain a risk register.
  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university,  explore future research requirements and share research ideas for the benefit of the research projects.
  • To participate in School research activities.
  • To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world.
  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions for collaboration across a range of activities which will contribute to the CSConnected cluster and the enhancement of its regional, national, and international profile.
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
  • To carry out any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria
Qualifications and Education

1.    Postgraduate degree at PhD level (or nearing completion) in Compound Semiconductor Physics or a related topic.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience

2.    An established expertise and proven portfolio of research achievement within the field of group III-V Compound Semiconductor device design and characterisation and an appreciation of growth and fabrication.
3.    Knowledge of current status of research in semiconductor lasers.
4.    Proven ability to publish in journals.
5.    Evidence of successful collaborations with industry and the ability to develop networks and   interdisciplinary links with researchers in other institutes to enhance research outcomes.
6.    Proven ability to understand how to apply for and attain research funding.
Communication and Team Working

7.    Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication.
8.    Ability to demonstrate creativity and innovation and team working.
9.   Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals
10.  Proven ability to work without close supervision
Desirable Criteria

  • An established expertise and proven portfolio of research achievement in VCSEL or InP edge emitting laser physics and in material and device integration.
  • Evidence of track record in project management and familiarity with project management tools.
  • Relevant professional qualification(s).
  • Evidence of intellectual property generation and negotiations.
  • Evidence of administrative responsibilities and general academic duties within an academic department.
  • Evidence of a commitment to public outreach.
  • Proven ability to work without close supervision.

  • Job Category

    Academic - Research


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