Research Facility Assistant, A2D/TFT

Department of Materials

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 11th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £38,614 - £47,373
  • REF: ENG01557
  • Closes: 14th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

Job summary

  • To assist in the commissioning of the A2D floor at the Michael Uren Building.
  • To enable excellence in research by providing expertise in the use of the research facility.
  • To assist in managing the day-to-day operations of the research facility, facilitating access and maintenance of the facility.
  • To train and support research associates and PhD students in use of the facility.
  • To conduct research on instrument development, design and capability, in collaboration with departmental colleagues and/or manufacturers.
  • To keep up-to-date with developments in the area (instrumentation and analytical protocols), to include attendance at appropriate workshops and conferences.

Duties and responsibilities

Key Responsibilities:

Technical Research Support (60 – 80%):

  • Provide relevant specialist scientific and engineering skills and knowledge to the facility.
  • To provide technical support to the purchasing, installation and commissioning of new equipment relating to the A2D activities.
  • To provide technical and project management support on the planning and implementation of the relocation of thin film activities from South Kensington to White City.
  • To provide support and advice, both internally and externally to staff and students on the research capability of the facility.
  • Maintain effective interactions with instrument manufacturers.
  • Ensure access to the research facility is available to researchers as required.
  • Ensure the operational environment is safe at all times.
  • Ensure all users are trained as required to use the instruments competently.
  • Ensure routine and preventative maintenance of the instruments is carried out – in addition and in
  • To work well within a cross-disciplinary team and attend team meetings.
  • To be highly motivated and be able to quickly develop skills necessary to achieve broad project goals.

Operations Support (10%):

  • Support the use of appropriate booking systems, and be a point of contact for facility bookings.
  • Ensure all usage and booking information is recorded and stored appropriately.

Research and Teaching Duties (0 – 20%):

  • To conduct research in the area of instrument development and capability.
  • The post would require a research component in collaboration with Royce partners, to further the goals of A2D.
  • To develop contacts and research facility users within the College and the wider community.
  • To contribute to teaching in the areas of the relevant techniques on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses as required.

Essential requirements

Candidates/post holders will be expected to demonstrate the following:

  • PhD (or equivalent professional qualification) in materials, physics, chemistry, or equivalent
  • A first degree (or equivalent) or MSc (or equivalent) in materials, physics or chemistry, or a related subject (e.g. metallurgy, electrical engineering etc.)
  • Detailed knowledge and experience of thin film deposition by vacuum methods (PLD, evaporation, sputtering).
  • Good understanding and experience of nanolithography tools (e-beam/ion mill/mask aligner/RIE).
  • Good understanding and experience of characterization and analytical methods (SEM/TEM/XRD/VNA/Probe station/ impedance analyser/high frequency microwave measurements).
  • Experience of a supporting the running of a facility in a research or industrial environment.
  • Expertise in the use of appropriate (facility-specific) software packages.
  • Experience of taking the lead with a team of colleagues in a changing environment.
  • Experience in the installation and commissioning of new instruments, of setting up new-booking procedures and training others in the use of the new equipment.

Further information

Closing Date : 14 March 2021

Further information regarding the post can be obtained from Dr Peter Petrov –

Further guidance regarding the application may be sought from Mrs Darakshan Khan (

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Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations:

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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