Experimental Quantum / Vacuum Physicist (KTP Associate)

TMD Technologies Ltd in partnership with the University of Strathclyde
Location: Hayes, Middlesex
Salary: £34-40.9k pa.a plus £5k personal development budget
Closing Date: 30th September 2018

The University of Strathclyde, in association with TMD Technologies Ltd., seeks to appoint an experimental quantum/vacuum physicist to drive the translation of a novel, miniature, and self-contained atom-cooling platform for precision measurements.

The Experimental Quantum Optics Group within the Department of Physics at the University of Strathclyde (which, based on the REF 2014 GPA Scores, Times Higher Education ranked as number one in the UK for physics research) specialise in the development and translation of quantum technology. The main focus of the group is the translation of lab-based cold atom and precision measurement techniques into practical applications. Building on an established collaborative relationship with TMD Technologies Ltd., we seek to appoint a skilled, motivated and innovative physicist to lead the development of a miniaturised and integrated Magneto-Optical Trap (MOT) and embed relevant knowledge within the company’s production environments.

TMD Technologies Ltd. is an award-winning, world-leading provider of technologically advanced equipment who specialise in innovative, custom solutions for some of the most challenging applications in industry.

The successful candidate will work closely with the support and guidance of Dr Edward Boughton (TMD Technologies Ltd.), as well as with the academic team, Dr Susan Spesyvtseva and Prof Erling Riis, at the University of Strathclyde.

To be considered for the role, you will be educated to a minimum of MSc level in Physics, Engineering or an appropriate discipline or have significant relevant experience in addition to a relevant degree. A relevant PhD qualification or equivalent professional experience is an advantage. You will have extensive experience of experimental lasers and/or quantum physics research with experience in vacuum technology and sufficient depth of knowledge to take a leading role in the technical development of this technology. Experience of cold atom research would be a considerable advantage. You may have experience of working in/with industry and will be passionate about the translation of technology to the industrial sector.

You will be able to plan and manage your own workload while working effectively within a highly multidisciplinary team environment. As a KTP Associate working under the general guidance of an academic research leader, you will have the ability to play a leading role in the delivery and development of this exciting project and report to both academic and company stakeholders in the partnership for further dissemination of findings. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to listen, engage and persuade, and to present complex information in an accessible way to a range of audiences.

The position includes extensive professional development opportunities and generous personal development and travel budgets. With the support of academic experts and a KTP Adviser, this is an excellent opportunity to establish a career in industry at the forefront of innovation in quantum technologies.

The successful applicant will be predominantly based within the company, TMD Technologies Ltd., headquarters in Hayes, West London, though will be required to spend several extended periods accessing state-of-the-art equipment at the the place of useful learning 150910 The University of Strathclyde is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, number SC015263 2


Quantum Optics Laboratories at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. The successful candidate will be required to undergo security clearance due to restrictions at the company.

Following this 30-months fixed term appointment, TMD Technologies Ltd. sees substantial potential for the successful candidate to progress to a permanent post within the company.

Job Description

Brief Outline of Job:

Under the general guidance and support of Dr Edward Boughton (TMD Technologies Ltd.), and Dr Susan Spesyvtseva and Prof Erling Riis (University of Strathclyde), the Associate will lead the development of a miniaturised and integrated Magneto-Optical Trap (MOT) device. The Associate will be required to implement innovative approaches to address technical challenges central to integrating the optical, magnetic and vacuum functionalities of the device and develop techniques for device validation. The Associate will play a key role in the integration of the device within the company’s production environments.

Main Activities/Responsibilities

1. Technical R&D of integrated MOT device for development and validation of prototype

2. Development of techniques for testing and validation of MOT performance

3. Collection and analysis of experimental data for device validation

4. Embedding new knowledge and techniques into company structures by providing training and support

5. Analysis of the market sector and commercial opportunity to inform strategic business case

6. Reporting to and engaging with senior management within TMD Technologies Ltd. to inform strategic decision making

7. Reporting to academic team for dissemination of scientific results

8. Producing milestone reports and presenting work at project review meetings

9. Plan and manage own workload, with guidance from colleagues as required, ensuring deliverables are met and clear reporting is available

10. Engaging in continuous professional development (CPD), including developing and maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of the state-of-the-art in quantum technologies, and developing the business skills necessary for successful industry adoption of the product

11. Completion of KTP Final Report

12. Involvement in dissemination activities including trade publications, case studies, academic papers and external presentations at conferences and trade shows

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