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Technical Specialist - Senior Cleanroom Process Engineer

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The role

Applications are invited for the role of Level 2 Technical Specialist. We look for a Senior Cleanroom Process Engineer, to be responsible for the development and maintenance of reliable high voltage compound semiconductor (Ga2O3, GaN, AlGaN, AlN, SiC, diamond, etc) power devices’ process flows, and to provide professional expertise and contribute creative and innovative solutions in device fabrication, including working with outside industry partners. They will be responsible for interpreting and evaluating data from a variety of characterisation systems to optimise process flows and managing concurrent projects, scheduling efficient usage of the appropriate cleanroom equipment.

This post is part of the flagship UKRI Innovation and Knowledge Centre Transforming Net Zero with Ultrawide Bandgap Semiconductor Device Technology (REWIRE) which aims to accelerate the UK’s ambition for net zero by transforming the next generation of high voltage electronic devices using wide/ultra-wide bandgap compound semiconductors. REWIRE will address market needs to drive the transition of technologies from fundamental research at universities towards proof-of-concept, commercialisation, and exploitation.  

What will you be doing?

  • Work with key stakeholders (including external partners e.g. industry, academics, researchers and/or students) to provide specialist solutions in the planning, design and fabrication of power electronic semiconductor devices;
  • Operating, servicing, maintenance and calibration of specialist cleanroom equipment, such as electron beam lithography, photolithography, chemical vapour deposition systems, sputter and electron-beam evaporator deposition systems, reactive ion etching systems, wire-bonding and wafer dicing systems;
  • Design and/or adapt processes requiring specialist equipment to provide innovative solutions;
  • Define accurate characterisation methods and provide detailed results, analysis and interpretation of data;
  • Characterisation of electrical devices fabricated in the cleanroom. Analyse results and report conclusions to researchers to assist in process flow optimisation;
  • Diagnose and rectify complex problems to find short and long-term solutions;
  • Provide technical input into specialist purchases, liaising with relevant contacts and suppliers to ensure fit for purpose solutions and cost effectiveness;
  • Writing risk assessments and method statements/standard operating procedures (SOPs);
  • Training others in specialist techniques, processes and procedures as needed.

You should apply if

Applicants should have relevant formal training or degree, as well as extensive relevant experience and specialist technical skills primarily relating to device fabrication, desirably of power electronic semiconductor devices (i.e. electron beam lithography, photolithography, laser writer, reactive ion etch, atomic layer deposition, sputter coating, ebeam evaporation and characterisation systems, nano/micro fabrication process design and verification). Candidates should possess excellent IT skills and expert knowledge of specialist software, as well as an innovative approach to work, demonstrating ability to devise, review and deliver complex, innovative and timely solutions.

Experience in electrical characterisation systems, design and fabrication of electronic devices using wide/ultra-wide bandgap compound semiconductors and procurement of cleanroom process tools are desirable.

Additional information

Informal enquiries (not applications) to Professor M. Kuball,, tel +44(0)117 928 8734, and Andrew Murray,

Contract type: Open-ended with fixed term funding until 31/03/2029

Work pattern: Full-time

Grade: J

Salary: £41,732 - £46,974 per annum

School/Unit: Cleanroom Facility

This advert will close at 23:59 GMT on Wednesday 1st May 2024.

Our strategy and mission

We recently launched our strategy to 2030 tying together our mission, vision and values.


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Our MSc in Nuclear Science and Engineering teaches the science and engineering background to the operation of nuclear fission and fusion energy. The MSc prepares you for a career in industry or academia, combining the strengths of our science and engineering faculties with an established programme of nationally recognized industrial research. 

Why study with us
Nuclear science and engineering is an exciting area of research and industrial investment in the UK. Nuclear energy supplies ~20% of the UK’s electricity, and significant investments are underway into construction of new reactors at Hinkley Point C, with further new reactors expected. As the existing generation of gas-cooled reactors are decommissioned, and new, advanced fission and fusion reactors are designed, there is huge demand for graduates with the knowledge and skills to work in the nuclear industry. 

Training and development
Students undertake taught core units on nuclear science, nuclear reactor engineering and materials, research skills and nuclear reactor physics, and an optional unit from the Schools of Physics, Engineering or Earth sciences. Students also undertake a group project and individual research project. Practical work is undertaken over a three-month dedicated summer research placement supervized by leading academics at the university and aligned with key industrial partners.  

Graduate schemes
Graduates of the MSc in Nuclear Science and Engineering have a strong track record of employment, with more than 90% of students obtaining a role in either a graduate scheme or PhD in a nuclear-related role. Past graduates have taken roles in major nuclear industry companies including EDF, NNL, Jacobs, Atkins, Sellafield, UKAEA, Mott McDonald and Frazer Nash, or PhDs and postdoctoral research at universities such as Oxford, Imperial College London, Cambridge, Liverpool and here at Bristol.   

What we are looking for
We are looking for applicants who are passionate about working in the nuclear industry and research. Applicants should have an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in an engineering or science discipline. Applicants outside of engineering, physics or chemistry must demonstrate mathematical knowledge either with a grade C or above in A-level mathematics (or international equivalent) or three degree-level maths modules at grade 2.1 or above.

Bristol, UK

Number of researchers

Main areas of research
Nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, materials science, structural integrity, corrosion, materials engineering 

Desired degree disciplines/class
A minimum of a 2.1 or equivalent in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics undergraduate (BSc) degree

Eligible to study in the UK

How to apply
More information and applications can be found at our course website

Closing date
31 July 2024


Company info
+44 (0)117 928 7463
School of Physics
HH Wills Physics Laboratory
Tyndall Avenue

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