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KTP Associate in next generation infrared detectors

Starting salary up to £34,000
Closing Date:   Tuesday 28 May 2019
Interview Date:   Tuesday 11 June 2019
Reference:  A2658

This 2-year post has been created as a result of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Lancaster University’s Department of Physics and Amethyst Research Ltd ( ). On completion of a successful project there may be opportunities for on-going employment within the company partner. 

Amethyst Research is an innovative high technology SME specialising in novel infrared optoelectronic device solutions. Amethyst has partnered with Lancaster University to develop the next generation of ultra-high performance infrared detectors.

Lancaster is a top-10 university in the UK and in the top-125 in the World.  REF2014 ranked the Physics department 2nd in the UK for the number of research outputs judged to be of internationally leading (4 star) quality.  Experimental condensed matter research, which includes research of semiconductor devices relevant to this project, is one of the department’s four major research areas, with a particularly strong track record of industrial collaboration.  

As KTP Associate you will be employed by Lancaster University, but will be based at Amethyst, working in their main office space at Lancaster University. You will lead this exciting project which aims to develop next generation of ultra-high performance infrared detectors. You will work closely with and be supported by academics from the Department of Physics and the senior management team at Amethyst.

For this post, you will have a PhD in Semiconductor Physics, electronics or materials (essential), hands-on experience in narrow gap III-V arsenide / antimonide growth by MBE, arsenide / antimonide device fabrication in cleanrooms and of infrared detector characterisation. The candidate will ideally have basic skills in numerical modelling and project management. He/she should be comfortable working both in an academic research environment and a commercial environment. The required skillset includes good team-working and communication skills, good presentation skills, excellent oral and written English, and a rigorous and professional attitude. 

In addition to a competitive salary, the reward package includes an additional £4,000 personal training and development budget offering excellent opportunities to further your professional development and support your career progression. You will be encouraged to present papers at national and international conferences and, when applicable, publish your research in journal articles. 

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Informal enquires should be directed to: 

Dr Andy Marshall (Lancaster University) Tel: +44 01524 594072 / Email:

Dr Terry Golding (Amethyst Research Limited) Tel: +44 07535 658958 / Email: 

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