University of Glasgow
The Pilot Accelerator for a National Institute for Quantum Integration is one of six ambitious new projects linked to the University of Glasgow that are set to receive funding through a major new investment from the UK Government Department for Science, Innovation and Technology.
For this new centre, the James Watt School of Engineering is looking to recruit Design, Test, Fabrication and Systems Engineers, a Technical Project Manager and a Programme and Development Manager. This team will work alongside senior UofG academics and use the world class facilities of the University’s JWNC to deliver industry defined nanofabrication component and component integration projects in emerging quantum technology applications. These proof of concept prototypes will de-risk onward commercial investments and shorten time to market.
For the Design, Test, Fabrication and Systems Engineer roles, academic research or industrial experience is required in either design, systems engineering, fabrication, or test and characterisation, in one or more areas such as: semiconductor lasers; photonic integrated circuits; superconducting quantum devices/circuits; MEMS; wafer bonding; advanced packaging; heterogeneous integration; or other relevant area(s) within the field of nanofabrication.
For more details on the roles, please see the document attached.
The post holder will make a leading contribution to the goal of the NiQi Innovation Accelerator (IA) Pilot by developing devices and integrated systems for use in emerging quantum technology applications across a range of projects. The NiQi IA Pilot is led by Professor John Marsh at the University of Glasgow.
The project requires individuals with academic research or industrial experience in either design, systems engineering, fabrication, or test and characterisation, in one or more areas such as: semiconductor lasers; photonic integrated circuits; superconducting quantum devices/circuits; MEMS; wafer bonding; advanced packaging; heterogeneous integration; or other relevant area(s) within the field of nanofabrication. The successful candidates will also be expected to contribute to the formulation and submission of research publications and research proposals as well as help manage and direct this complex and challenging project as opportunities allow.
For appointment at grade 8 some post doctoral or significant industrial experience in one of the areas listed above or of working across interdisciplinary interfaces, and/or some expertise in running a team would be required.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Perform the following activities in conjunction with the Principal and Co-Investigators:
1. Take a role in the planning and conduct of assigned research individually or jointly ensuring that project deliverables and project/group/School/College research strategy are met.
2. Undertake either design, fabrication or test of a range of devices and systems for the NiQi IA Pilot projects in accordance with project deliverables.
3. Use appropriate modelling and software packages to design and model the quantum devices and systems.
4. Document research output including analysis and interpretation of all data, maintaining records and databases, drafting technical/progress reports and papers as appropriate.
5. Liaise with academic and industrial partners to update on progress and enable efficient collaboration.
6. Survey the research literature and environment, understand the research and/or delivery challenges associated with the project & subject area, & develop/implement a suitable research and/or delivery strategy.
7. Present work as appropriate at international and national conferences, internal and external seminars, colloquia and workshops to develop and enhance our research and/or research commercialisation profile.
8. Take a role in the identification of potential funding sources and assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from internal and external bodies to support future research.
9. Take a role in developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the research group/School/College/University and wider community.
10. Take a role in team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and School research group activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College.
11. Help in the organisation, supervision, mentoring and training of undergraduate and/or postgraduate students and less experienced members of the project team to ensure their effective development.
12. Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.
13. Engage in personal, professional and career development, to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.
14. Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by the PI.
For appointment at grade 8:
15. Take the lead in identifying and attracting new sources of independent and external research funding and researchers into this research area as opportunities permit to support future research.
16. Present research findings at high profile national and international conferences, seminars and meetings to raise the profile of the research group in order to enhance the research strength of the School.
17. Make a leading contribution to the management of the team/project and sustain an enhanced level of academic outputs and profile.
These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks which the staff member may be reasonably expected to perform.
Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience
A1 An awarded PhD or equivalent industrial experience in Engineering, Physics, Materials Science or a related area (or having submitted a PhD thesis prior to taking up the appointment).
A2 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions in one or more areas such as: semiconductor lasers, photonic integrated circuits, superconducting quantum devices/circuits, MEMS, wafer bonding, advanced packaging or heterogeneous integration, or other relevant area(s) within the field of nanofabrication.
A3 Knowledge of appropriate modelling and software packages, or other relevant IT skills.
For appointment at grade 8
A4 Some reputation or experience in, a relevant internationally competitive research area.
A5 Knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area.
B1 Knowledge of photonic device physics including lasers, photodetectors, waveguides, beamsplitters, couplers, microrings, modulators, polarisation control, lenses and atomic transitions OR of superconducting materials, Josephson junctions and qubit circuits.
B2 Knowledge of characterisation of photonic components OR of superconducting devices.
C1 Proven relevant skills in one or more of the following areas: semiconductor lasers, photonic integrated circuits, superconducting quantum devices/circuits, MEMS, wafer bonding, advanced packaging or heterogeneous integration, or other relevant area(s) within the field of nanofabrication.
C2 Research or Industrial creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability
C3 Excellent communication skills (oral and written), including public presentations and ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely
C4 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach
C5 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills
C6 Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills as appropriate
C7 Self motivation, initiative and independent thought/working
C8 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach
C9 Good Team Leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills
For appointment at Grade 8
C10 Able to work both individually as well as part of a team and manage staff members as appropriate to disseminate findings to colleagues;
C11 Strong cross-discipline collaborative ability, including evidence of working across industry and academia;
C12 Able to work in both industrial and academic environments with a good understanding of key legislative and policy frameworks or state of the art in industrial technology and approaches
E1 Sufficient relevant research or industrial experience
E2 Experience in deep learning or of leading advances in industrial approaches or outcomes
E3 Experience of programming in a scientific or industrial setting
E4 Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner
E5 A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences or of leading or influencing technology strategy in an industrial environment
For Appointment at Grade 8
E6 Experience of leading and contributing to applications for research grants or of leading advancements in industrial approaches and outcomes
E7 Experience in undertaking independent experimental, theoretical and applied research or of leading or influencing technology strategy in an industrial environment
Closing date – 26 April 2023
Terms and Conditions
Salary will be Grade 7/8, £38,474 – £43,155 – £47,047 – £54,421 per annum.
This post is full time, and has funding for up to 2 years
As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.
As a valued member of our team, you can expect:
1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.
2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension – pensions handbook https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/payandpensions/pensions/, benefits and discount packages.
3 A flexible approach to working.
4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/staff/healthwellbeing/.
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