Research Associate in Aerosol Printed Electronics

University of Sheffield - Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Job Reference Number: UOS016902


This is an exciting new role that will give the post holder the opportunity to undertake research in the emerging field of printed optoelectronics. We seek to appoint a highly motivated individual with experience in semiconductor or polymer device fabrication. Experience in fabrication and characterisation of photodiodes and avalanche photodiode technologies is preferred. You will be required to develop procedures for fabrication and characterisation of optical, electronic and optoelectronic devices using the Optomec AJ300 aerosol printer. Over the duration of the project, you will be expected to work closely with our project partners Ametek Land, Faraday Scientific and AV Optics.

The post holder will join our Advanced Detection Centre (consisting of five academics, fourteen PhD students and five Research Associates) within the SMD Research Group at an exciting time of growth in both people and facilities. Within the Sensor Systems Group, we aim to revolutionise quantitative thermal imaging and temperature measurement, particularly within advanced manufacturing, energy and healthcare. The post holder will support our aim to push beyond the current state-of-the-art in achieving new levels of sensitivity and accuracy in optical sensing.

The Department is respected internationally for its many important contributions in the field of electronic and electrical engineering ( We currently have 41 academic staff, including 22 Professors, and a student community of approximately 600 comprising undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research students. Our teaching is underpinned by research at the leading edge, with world-class laboratories available to undergraduates and postgraduates. The Department is organised into three research areas: Semiconductor Materials and Devices, Communications, and Electrical Machines and Drives. Further details on each of the research areas can be accessed via the above Departmental web link. The Department has been awarded an Athena Swan Bronze Award, for its support of representation of Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics. The post holder will be a member of the Semiconductor Materials and Devices (SMD) Research Group which has 16 academic staff (including 10 Professors) and a large number of Research Fellows and research students. The Group has strong international links, close collaboration with industry and a commitment to translation of research into applications and impact. It has a broad range of research interests and is internationally leading in epitaxy and device development.

The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in a relevant engineering or science subject or have equivalent experience. You should also have previous experience in and understanding of semiconductor device design, fabrication and characterisation. Proven research ability, with a good publication record is also essential.

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