Optical Technologist (KTP Associate)

University of the West of Scotland In Partnership with Alphasense Limited


Optical Technologist - KTP Associate

Salary Up to £30,000 per annum, plus £4,000 personal development budget (A higher salary will be considered for candidates with a PhD)

Based in Essex with occasional travel to Paisley

Fixed Term 24 Months

  • 24 month fixed term post with potential for permanent employment;
  • Opportunity to register free of charge for a Higher Degree (Masters or Ph.D.)
  • Chartered Management Institute (level 5) training in Management;
  • Apply your degree and lead your own project in a business;
  • Work with senior company management to realise benefits to the business

The Institute of Thin Films, Sensors & Imaging within the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences at UWS is well established and an internationally recognised research institute.

An exciting opportunity for a physicist/scientist/engineer has become available to work full time on a 24-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).  The aim of the project is to develop and launch a new gas sensing system as a commercial product (a part of range of products in Alphasense), as well as develop novel thin film devices using sputtering techniques.

Company information:

Alphasense started in 1997 and is an independent gas sensor development and manufacturing company, producing both portable and fixed air quality monitors for urban air, indoor air quality and odour detection.  They manufacture thousands of electrochemical gas sensors daily and are the largest supplier of oxygen sensors for industrial safety worldwide.  They invest in the four gas sensor technologies: electrochemical, metal oxide, optical, and enthalpic.  Alphasense has committed to the air quality market since 2007 and are one of the main suppliers of low cost air quality sensors, globally.  They invest in manufacturing facilities and research with UK Universities.  Revenue generation is based on selling sensors and sensor systems.

Find out more by visiting: https://www.alphasense.com

About KTP:

This position forms part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) funded by Innovate UK. To find out how KTP works with business and the University, and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position, please visit: www.ktpws.org.uk

The successful candidate must possess:

  • A minimum of 2:1 of BSc Honours in Physics/Engineer/Materials-related subject.

Knowledge and/or experience is required in some of the following:

  • Thin film processes, particularly for sputtering;
  • Optical characterisation of thin films, such as spectrophotometer, ellipsometry and optical fitting, etc.;
  • Surface analysis and characterisation techniques, such as SEM, TEM, AFM;  
  • Optical filter design;
  • Thin film materials, properties and characterisations;
  • Knowledge of gas sensing and electronics;
  • Knowledge of research methods and project management

Essential skills we require as a minimum:

  • Organisational skills with the ability to plan under own initiative and to work to deadlines
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills including report writing
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues and sharing expertise.
  • Strong analytical and numerical skills
  • Ability to understand and process data

If you have questions about this vacancy contact:

Dr Shigeng Song, Institute of Thin Films, Sensors & Imaging at University of the West of Scotland, shigeng.song@uws.ac.uk Tel: 0141 848 3630 and/or Dr Wah On Ho, Senior Scientist at Alphasense Ltd, woh@alphasense.com Tel: 01376 556700.

Closing date: Tuesday 19th February 2019

Interviews to be held on Thursday 28th February 2019

Click here for further information, including details of how to apply.


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