Vacancy Type/Job category
£31,406 - £40,927 per annum
Element Six Global Innovation Centre, Harwell
Fixed Term Contract for 24 months, 36.5 hours per week.
The Department of Chemistry is seeking seek to recruit a Research Fellow to
work on the EPSRC/UKRI-funded Prosperity Partnership Project “Engineered
Working under the supervision of Prof. Julie Macpherson (Chemistry, Warwck),
the postholder will develop and apply new electrochemical etching, chemical
mechanical polishing, and electrochemical species generation methodologies for
diamond. The postholder will be required to collaborate and work closely with
the project's other Research Fellows (two positions currently being
advertised) who will be based either in the Department of Physics or at
Element Six. The role involves a close collaboration between the University of
Warwick and Element Six Ltd and cooperation with other universities and
Applicants should possess or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in
physics, chemistry, engineering, material science or a related field and have
a background appropriate for addressing the challenges described above. Good
communication skills and inter-personal skills are essential. You must be
capable of working within a broader research team, demonstrating excellent
written and verbal communication skills, and maintaining a current knowledge
of the academic literature and industrial exploitation landscape.
Interview dates to be confirmed.
Shortlisted candidates will be asked to give a critical analysis of a research
paper (provided in advance of the interview), a brief presentation on their
own research including why they believe they are suitable for the post.
Please direct all informal inquiries to Professor Julie Macpherson
If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have
recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research
Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,497). Upon
successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted
to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade
Interview Date: TBC
New processes for CVD diamond synthesis and materials processing (Department
of Physics - based at the Element Six Global Innovation Centre, Harwell)
This Prosperity Partnership Project “Engineered Diamond Technologies” involves
very close collaboration between the University of Warwick (UW) and Element
Six Ltd (E6). We aim to develop novel synthesis processes to produce larger
area, low-strain, high-purity CVD diamond which will be instrumental in the
realisation of the next generation of high-tech diamond applications,
including quantum technologies and advanced high-power optical components.
This will also require the development of corresponding processing
technologies to produce low roughness, large-area diamond plates without
deleterious subsurface damage. The post holder will take a lead in both of
these activities, performing synthesis as well as design and characterisation
of both synthesis and processing methodologies. The post holder will be based
at the Element Six Global Innovation Centre Harwell (under the day-to-day
supervision of Dr Andrew Edmonds) to make use of the facilities available
therein but will visit UW as required. The post holder will work closely with
the other industrial partners, Research Fellows, academics, and PhD students
at Warwick to develop and demonstrate new diamond capabilities.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Design and develop novel synthesis processes targeting larger area, low-
strain, high-purity CVD diamond.
2. Drive the development and characterisation of processing technologies to
produce large, low roughness diamond plates without deleterious subsurface
3. Work closely with all project partners to ensure that work is completed in
a timely manner and addresses industrially relevant questions. Integrate into
the industrial environment at E6 and academic environment at UW and liaise
4. Nurture interactions with external academic and industrial partners to
facilitate rapid exploitation of research.
5. Communicate the outputs of the project through internal reports and
presentations and highlight the research advances via posters and/or talks at
external/public conferences, workshops, and meetings.
6. Take a leading role in writing and preparing manuscripts describing the
research for publication in academic journals as well as contributing to the
7. Undertake any other reasonable duties commensurate with the aims and
objectives of the position.
8. Be proactive in identifying opportunities for new IP and dealing with
company information in a confidential manner.
The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive
list but rather to provide guidance on the main aspects of the post. The post-
holder will be required to be flexible in their duties.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and
qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by
(a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d)
Essential Criteria 1
Possess, or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics, chemistry,
engineering, or a related field. (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Demonstrated ability of high-quality independent scientific writing (a,c),
analytic (b,d) and presentation skills (d)
Essential Criteria 3
Good organisational skills. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 4
Good communication and inter-personal skills. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 5
Willingness to contribute to the supervision of PhD and Masters students
research projects. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 6
Ability to work in a team. (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 1
Experience of semiconductor deposition technologies and experience of chemical
mechanical polishing and/or mechanical polishing of optical and/or
semiconductor materials. (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 2
Experience of experimental techniques for characterising surface roughness,
texture, and chemical functionalisation/termination. (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 3
Experience of experimental techniques for studying, characterizing, and
utilizing colour centres (e.g. photoluminescence, EPR). (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 4
Experience in instrumentation design and manufacture (e.g. mechanical,
optical, electronic, additive manufacture, etc.). (a,c)
Desirable Criteria 5
Experience in laser machining technology and programming skills. (a,c)
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our
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The Physics and Chemistry Departments and the University of Warwick are proud
of their diverse community of staff, students, and visitors, and are committed
to maintaining an excellent record in teaching and research by ensuring that
there is equality of opportunity for all, fostered in an environment of mutual
respect and dignity.
The Physics and Chemistry Departments and the University of Warwick hold
Athena SWAN Silver awards, a national initiative to promote gender equality
for all staff and students. The Physics Department is also a Juno Champion,
which is an award from the Institute of Physics to recognise our efforts to
address the under-representation of women in university physics and to
encourage better practice for both women and men. Further information can be
found at www. warwick.ac.uk/physics/staff/working/.
The University supports flexible working and requests for job-share will be
considered where possible.
Childcare can be provided for you at the University of Warwick Nursery in
order for you to attend the interview
(www. warwick.ac.uk/services/childrensservices/nursery). Childcare is subject
to availability of places at the Nursery.
What we offer
We will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an
attractive pension scheme, 26 days' holiday if appointed at level 5 or 30
days, at level 6 plus Christmas closure, excellent learning and development
opportunities, and savings on a wide range of products and services. We offer
a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, onsite
childcare facilities. We recognise the importance of a healthy work/life
balance and offer you access to flexible working, for more information visit
our Rewards and Benefits webpage.
We also have an excellent relocation package; to assess whether you may be
entitled, please see details on the following page
https: // warwick.ac.uk/services/humanresources/vacancies/relocation/.
Element Six, part of De Beers Group, is a global leader in the design,
development and production of synthetic diamond and tungsten carbide
supermaterials. With research and development facilities and manufacturing
sites in the UK, Ireland, Germany, South Africa, and the US, Element Six have
been pushing the boundaries of synthetic diamond innovation for more than 60
years. Element Six utilise the extreme properties of synthetic diamond to open
up new possibilities in exciting areas such as quantum optics, acoustics, and
Element Six strive to maintain a diverse, inclusive, and vibrant place to work
for our employees. To achieve this, we have core values and responsibilities
that are embedded in our company culture.
For further information about Element Six, please visit the website at:
https: // www. e6.com/en
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3 Oct 2021