Research Scientist / Electrical Engineer for EU-Funded Novel Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectrometer

Thomas Keating Ltd

Thomas Keating Ltd - along with Academic Institutions,  Stuttgart University (Germany) , BUT, (Brno, Czech Republic) and NanoGUNE (San Sebastian, Spain) - has won a significant 3-year Horizon 2020 EU grant "PETER*" to develop a novel plasmon-based  high field electron paramagnetic resonance spectrometer which will provide unrepresented sensitivity to local paramagnetic organic and inorganic species and materials.

With applications in materials science and structural biology,  PETER's spectrometer will achieve this step change in sensitivity by incorporating THz plasmonic antennas onto surfaces (spectroscopy) and scanning probe tips (microscopy), resulting in a strong, local enhancement (about two orders of magnitude) of the magnetic sensing field.

We are searching for a scientist or engineer to fill a PDRA-like post and be responsible for design, manufacture and testing the quasi-optical bridge and novel probe to inject THz radiation into material samples placed inside a high homogeneity, high field magnet.

Based in West Sussex, but with significant time spent in our partner institutions, the job would suit a hands-on scientist/engineer who has a deep interest in designing scientific instruments and seeing the outcome of their work being applied to significant problems. 

Candidates should have a background of research at Masters / PhD level in science or electrical engineering: knowledge and background  of microwaves, cryogenics, magnetic resonance and computer-aided mechanical design would be a significant advantage. A sense of humour is essential.

Competitive salary, profit share, encouragement to publish, and a friendly environment in this science-based manufacturing 50 person business. Three year contract to match the grant, with the possibility of extension.

Contact  Richard Wylde MA, PhD, FREng for further details.

* ‘Plasmon Enhanced Terahertz Electron Paramagnetic Resonance"

Thomas Keating - whose commercial origins  stretch back to the 1780's, draws upon a long history of toolmaking to designs and develop quasi-optical Terahertz systems and subsystems, which are sold around the industrialised world. We have growing activity in High Field Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (ESR) spectroscopy and remote sensing instrumentation, including space-borne projects.  These newer areas compliment our more established applications including Plasma Fusion diagnostics and material characterisation. See

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