Research Associate in cubic-GaN microLEDs

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Vacancy Number: 15444BR

Gallium Nitride (GaN) based microLEDs are the technology of choice for a variety of applications including virtual and augment reality displays and visible light communications. This 3-year position will contribute to a project developing microLEDs for communications applications exploiting the superior properties of cubic-GaN. The role will involve designing and carrying out device processing of microLEDs and performing electrical and optical measurements. Device processing will be carried out in the newly opened start-of-the-art clean rooms of the Cardiff Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS). The project will also involve working with collaborators at the Universities of Cambridge who grow cubic-GaN structures and Manchester who perform detailed photoluminescence measurements.

This post is full time, available from 1 December 2022 and is fixed term until 30 November 2025.

Salary: £35,333 - £42,155 per annum (Grade 6)

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For informal enquiries about the post please contact Prof David Wallis at

For informal enquiries about working at Cardiff School of Engineering please contact Bev Jones

Date advert posted: Thursday, 27 October 2022

Closing date: Friday, 18 November 2022

The School of Engineering holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science. Cardiff University is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity. For this vacancy we actively encourage women to apply. We will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share opportunities.

Cardiff University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their research, not publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which the research is published. More information is available at:  Responsible research assessment - Research - Cardiff University.


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Cardiff, UK

Number of researchers
52 research staff

Desired degree disciplines/class
For undergraduate, generally AAA–ABB. For postgraduates, generally 2.1 minimum in a physical science/mathematics degree

Eligible to study in the UK

How to apply
Postgraduates apply online at; Undergraduates apply through UCAS

Closing date
All year round

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