Technical Manager / Research Technician

University of Southampton

United Kingdom

October 14, 2022


Technical Manager / Research Technician Photonic Systems Circuits & Sensors Group

Location: Highfield Campus Salary: £32,348 to £39,745 Per annum Full Time Fixed Term Closing Date: Friday 14 October 2022 Interview Date: To be confirmed Reference: 1921722PN-R

The CORNERSTONE team at the University of Southampton has a shared vision: to bring the future closer by turning research ideas into reality. We are seeking a Research Technician who is passionate about supporting cutting-edge research in a growing team of enthusiastic colleagues. You will join a group that has a culture centred around the team and is very supportive of one- another. You will be self-motivated, a strong communicator, a strong problem solver, flexible, able to work both individually and as part of a team, and able to manage time efficiently.

You will have the opportunity to thrive in a university environment, working at the cutting edge of future technologies. You will be able to develop your career within a university culture focused on people, collegiality, quality, internationalisation and sustainability. Your working hours will be somewhat flexible, within the cleanroom opening hours of 8AM – 6PM.

The CORNERSTONE team provide a Silicon Photonics fabrication service to researchers from across the globe, centred around unique cleanroom capabilities in Southampton, UK (www. You will play a fundamental role in the success of the cutting-edge research that CORNERSTONE supports.

In the role of Research Technician you will be responsible for the day-to- day operation of a number of tools housed within the world-class cleanroom facility. These tools will be used to fabricate state-of-the-art Silicon Photonics devices for CORNERSTONE users, as well as internal research and enterprise projects. You will be able to learn from some of the best researchers in the field and will gain valuable, transferable skills within the field of photonics device fabrication. You will be provided with full training in addition to the opportunity to attend seminars and conferences to deepen your knowledge.

Experience in a laboratory environment, with proven experience of successfully planning and progressing work activities is essential. A degree in a science related subject or equivalent industry experience is required. Basic knowledge in Silicon Photonics device fabrication is desirable.

We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

This position is being offered on a full time, fixed term basis from the 1st December 2022 – 30th November 2024.

For general enquiries please contact Dr Callum Littlejohns (

Application Procedure :

You should submit your completed online application form at https: // The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Jane Sturgeon (HR Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email Please quote reference 1921722PN-R on all correspondence

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