Senior Applications Engineer - Deposition - Bristol - to £40k

Cranleigh Scientific
08 Feb 2017
08 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Applications Engineer / Deposition / Plasma Applications / Bristol £30k - £40k

Our client is a leading provider of high technology tools and systems for research and industry.

At their site in Bristol they are looking to recruit a Senior Applications Engineer to play a key role in the plasma Applications team by developing deposition processes primarily in the CVD/PECVD/ALD areas, pushing the process performance boundaries of existing and new technologies and providing pre and post sales applications support to customers.

Key Responsibilities

Carry out process development on designated projects, liaising with process engineering, project management and technology staff to ensure completion of the projects to timescale, or recommendation for hardware improvements, if the tool is inadequate.

Carry out research and networking with the wider technical community to ensure our plasma products are at the leading edge of development, where appropriate being the process/applications champion within OIPT. This may involve giving presentations at exhibitions and conferences, and developing strong collaborative links with academic institutions and customers and carrying out voice of the customer interviews. Where relevant, contribute to process and technology roadmaps.

Liaise with customers, Product managers and the sales teams, and extract information on product performance requirements in order to produce satisfactory samples and validate hardware specifications.

To process and demonstrate customer samples, reporting the findings concisely and accurately. Measure and analyse the results of the test samples and produce technical reports to capture the learning and circulate appropriately.

Where necessary provide technical process expertise for generating marketing literature and supporting conferences.

Develop an excellent working knowledge of the technology to facilitate fault finding and root cause analysis on processing results or equipment performance to deliver optimised processes and hardware performance.

Ensure all work is carried out in accordance with the Company's Health and Safety and ISO9001 Quality procedures. Demonstrate a good awareness of the demands associated with handling hazardous materials and manage the risks appropriately.

Challenge and improve existing working practices within the laboratory to ensure we offer a safe, professional, best in class service to our customers. Where necessary identify equipment purchases or upgrades.

Carry out any other tasks that may be reasonably required by the Company.

All employees have a personal responsibility for their own health and safety and for that of others who may be affected by their actions and behaviour.

Indicative Performance Measures

Delivery of development projects to time. Samples and technical reports delivered to agreed timescales; customer acceptance of the process performance of installed tools

Person Specification - Essential requirements unless stated

Education / Qualifications:

A relevant science or engineering degree. Chemistry or Chemical engineering would be an advantage.

Ideally, a minimum of 2 years experience of the semiconductor industry or relevant experience in an academic institution

Exposure to PECVD, CVD or ALD processes

Professional Skills/ Abilities:

Thin film measuring skills (e.g. SEMs, ellipsometry etc.,)

Specialisation in least one of the following areas:
ALD PECVD CVD MBE (Molecular Beam Epitaxy)

If none of these, must be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of either plasma based deposition or etch

Personal Qualities:

Self-starting, diligent and enthusiastic. A professional approach to working independently and managing your own time.

Highly innovative and good lateral thinking skills for identifying opportunities for technology development applications.

Focused on excellent customer service.

Good diagnostic skills and problem solving abilities. Positive and enthusiastic attitude to technical challenges, and flexibility to cope effectively with changes to specifications or priorities.

Team player who makes the best use of the contributions that can be made by others, and has the ability to work constructively with others.

Excellent written and oral communication. Able to articulate, present and report on technical or complex issues clearly and succinctly.