KTP Associate: Research & Development of Next Generation Multi-Layer Ceramic Capacitors

University of Sheffield - Department of Materials Science & Engineering


We have an exciting opportunity for you to work as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate in a collaborative project between the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Sheffield and AVX UK Ltd to research and develop new materials for Multi-Layer Ceramic Capacitors (MLCC's).

Funding is through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). While the KTP Associate will be primarily based at AVX Ltd, Coleraine, some aspects of the work along with training may be carried out at the University of Sheffield.

AVX Ltd is the European subsidiary of AVX Corporation, a leading international manufacturer and supplier of electronic passive components and interconnect solutions with multiple manufacturing and warehouse facilities located around the world including a facility in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. It has successfully served the automotive, industrial, medical, military, consumer electronics, communications, and transportation markets for nearly 50 years. AVX continues to invest heavily in R&D, to further expand the company's strong technology base with newly innovated, next-generation product solutions.

The dielectric & electrode materials needed to create the next generation MLCCs require the materials to operate at high temperature (150 - 200 C) and maintain a high capacitance.

To achieve this the main aims are to: 

  • (i) develop and optimise novel materials for MLCC applications
  • (ii) optimise device performance through changes in materials formulations and ceramic processing
  • (iii) characterise powders and ceramics through a combination of computational modelling, diffraction, microscopy, spectroscopy and thermal methods and construction and electrical testing of capacitors devices.

You will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the project to ensure its goals are achieved and will report to both the Industrial supervisory team at AVX Ltd (Mr. John McCarry and Ms. Maureen Strawhorne) and to the academic supervisory team in the Functional Materials & Devices group at the University of Sheffield (Prof Derek Sinclair and Dr Julian Dean) 

Applicants should preferably hold or be close to completion of a PhD (or have equivalent experience) in chemistry, physics, materials science (e.g. ceramic processing) or electrical engineering. Excellent communication and presentation skills as well as the ability to plan and make informed decisions in a changing environment are also required.

You will be able to undertake professional development through, e.g. management training, supplied as part of the KTP budget.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

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Closing date 4 May 2018

Fixed-term for a period of 36 months

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