Senior Technical Officer to Develop Microwave & THz Components for Astronomical and Commercial Applications

Cardiff University

The Cardiff Astronomical Instrumentation Group is developing novel quasi-optical metamaterial devices (flat lenses, HWPs, filters, etc), superconducting detectors and waveguide components for use in astronomical and commercial instrumentation.

A Senior Technical Officer position is available to assist and manage contract and development work related to manufacture and performance verification of these devices. Ideal applicants should have experience of cleanroom processes; be able to assist with integration and testing of quasi-optical hardware (filters, detectors, instruments); and carry out performance tests, recording and archiving data and writing test reports for customers. They should also be able to manage and schedule their work and possess good interpersonal communication skills.

This post is full time and fixed-term for two years.

Informal enquiries for this post can be made to Prof. Peter Ade on +44 (0) 29 2087 4643, e-mail:

Informal enquiries about working at Cardiff University can be made to Miss Glesni Lloyd on

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

Cardiff University and the School of Physics and Astronomy are 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 underrepresented 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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