Business Development Officer

Cardiff University

As part of the initial phase of a major investment programme, Cardiff University seeks to appoint several key positions to include this project development officer and further technical, academic and administrative positions. These new positions support a larger effort forming the Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS) at Cardiff University. The ICS forms part of Cardiff University’s £300m investment in new research and innovation centres, and its potential is already recognised by the Welsh and UK governments, who have invested over £29m towards its creation.  The ICS will be a unique user-facility in Europe, based in a new building, and equipped with state-of-the art fabrication and characterisation facilities including a full 8” fabrication line as well as a related small area process capability, epitaxy, material and device characterisation. It will enable increased industrial advancement along with novel research, development and technology transfer.  This will position Cardiff to become the UK and European leader in translational research in Compound Semiconductors.

 This post will support ICS through a broad range of activities to develop and lead industrial-engagement strategy; develop and expand facility customer base; initiate, coordinate ICS marketing strategy; lead product development and delivery; guide ICS strategic planning.  Responsibilities will also include creating and maintaining a robust external network with funding sources, industrial partners and academic collaborators.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated knowledge and experience with compound semiconductor industry and technology community, proven experience of developing and maintaining robust industrial relationships, strong networking and relationship building skills with a proven ability to initiate and maintain  networks, demonstrated product development and delivery experience and skill including process development feedback, ability to explore customers’ needs, adapt the service, and assure customer satisfaction, ability to organise, supervise and manage project development team.  The successful candidate will have demonstrable knowledge of key advances within compound semiconductor technologies as input to ICS strategic planning.
More information about this post may be obtained by contacting Professor Diana Huffaker ( or Professor Matt Griffin, (

This role is full-time (35 hours per week) and open ended.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity. Our inclusive environment welcomes applications from talented people from diverse backgrounds.

We strongly welcome female applicants and those from any ethnic minority group, as they are under-represented in our School. The School of Physics & Astronomy has a Juno Practitioner accreditation that recognises good employment practice and a commitment to develop the careers of women working in science.  The University is committed to ensuring that we sustain a positive working environment for all staff to flourish and achieve. As part of this commitment, the University has developed a flexible and responsive framework of procedures to support staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible. Applications are welcome from individuals who wish to work part-time or full time.

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