Research Fellow (104485-921) . Job Reference: 1879297

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

October 3, 2021

Description

Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only

Department

Physics

Salary

£31,406 - £40,927 per annum

Location

Element Six Global Innovation Centre, Harwell

Vacancy Overview

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 Diamond Technologies”.

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 companies.

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 (j.macpherson@warwick.ac.uk).

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 structure (£31,406).

Interview Date: TBC

Job Description

JOB PURPOSE:

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 damage.

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 with both.

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 project reports.

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.

Person Specification

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) Presentation.

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)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

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 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 thermal conductivity.

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

Right to work in the UK If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/or are seeking sponsorship for a Skilled Worker visa in the UK points-based immigration system please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship for a Skilled Worker Visa.

The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual's differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

3 Oct 2021

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