Research Technician

Southampton, United Kingdom
£25,217 to £30,046 Pro rata per annum
04 Aug 2021
End of advertisement period
10 Aug 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Photonic Systems Circuits & Sensors Group

Location:  Avenue Campus
Salary:   £25,217 to £30,046 Pro rata per annum
Part Time Fixed Term (14 hours per week, until 28/02/2022)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 10 August 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1454921PN

The Zepler Institute houses a cleanroom facility aimed at delivering world class nanofabrication and photonic based research in addition to enterprise activities relating to these fields. Operating within the Zepler Institute, the Silicon Photonics Group operates an enterprise activity known as CORNERSTONE 2, which is a Silicon Photonics multi-project-wafer fabrication service.

You will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the cleanroom tools and development of process recipes to fulfil the CORNERSTONE 2 user requirements. You will undertake a wide variety of tasks and will work with minimal supervision.  This is an active engineering role primarily based around the facility's fabrication tools.

To be successful you will have skill level equivalent to achievement of HNC, A-Level, NVQ3 with proven work experience in relevant technical support roles and job-related training. Experience in a microfabrication cleanroom, with proven experience of successfully planning and progressing work activities is essential. Ideally, you will have experience of performing optical characterisation of photonics integrated circuits, have a degree or equivalent professional qualifications/experience in a scientific field such as engineering and a basic knowledge in Silicon Photonics device fabrication. 

The position provides the opportunity to join one of the leading academic Silicon Photonics groups in the world comprising over 40 researchers led by Professor Graham Reed.

You will be provided with full training.

  • offer a contributory pension scheme
  • 20 days holiday rising to 24 after 4 years plus 8 bank holidays and 6 additional holidays (closure days)
  • subsidised health and fitness facilities on-site; cycle to work scheme
  • a range of discounts which include restaurants, retail outlets and entertainment.

The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the international standard for Environmental Management ISO14001:2015.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

For general enquiries please contact Dr Mehdi Banakar (, 02380 593127).

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Sam Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 2380 592750 or email  Please quote reference 1454921PN on all correspondence.

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