Research Associate in Low-temperature Plasma Technologies

University of York Department of Physics

KTP Associate in Low-temperature Plasma Technologies

Based at:Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology (OIPT), Bristol
Hours of work:Full-time
Contract status:Fixed term
Salary:32,817 - 38,017 a year (fixed - no increments)
Posted Date:07/10/2020
Apply by:05/11/2020
Job Reference:8798

Role Description


Based at Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology (OIPT) in Bristol, you will lead a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between OIPT and the York Plasma Institute, University of York.

The overarching objective of our KTP is to increase the spatial uniformity of large-area semiconductor plasma processing via the development of ‘structured’ electrodes. This will involve carrying out research via fluid-based plasma simulations and experimental measurements to investigate their impact when incorporated into an OIPT laboratory reactor.

OIPT produces advanced manufacturing tools for the etching and deposition of thin-films, ion beam and atomic-layer etching and deposition for semiconductor-devices with nanometre-sized features. Its core development strategy is to offer differentiated product solutions and enable their customers to develop advanced semiconductor devices for research and industrial production.


Your role will be to carry out research and apply numerical simulations to design structured electrodes for enhanced plasma processing uniformity. The results of these simulations will inform the production of structured electrodes for application in an OIPT reactor and the experimental investigation of their impact. You will work with the OIPT team to ensure knowledge is embedded and exploited for maximal efficiency gain and commercial benefit. In addition your role will include the development of collaborative working relationships, analysis and interpretation of research data and the reporting of findings.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • You will be an enthusiastic, motivated researcher with a PhD in physics, chemistry or engineering and have experience in conducting both independent and collaborative research and writing high-quality technical documentation. Previous experience with low-temperature plasma simulations and experiments is desirable.
  • You willbe able to demonstrate a natural, logical problem solving ability and be computer literate, including familiarity with coding and coding methods.
  • You will possess highly developed written and oral communication skills and be able to engage effectively with a wide-ranging audience, adjusting your communication style according to the needs of the group.
  • You will be a coach and a mentor to others in the team, and elsewhere if required, and initiate actions to develop new and better ways of working.
  • You will be able to take a balanced view of issues, weighing up different options to determine the degree of risk and potential benefits before reaching a decision.

Interview date: TBC

For informal enquiries: please contact James Dedrick on or Geoff Hassall on

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