Cardiff University - PhD Positions in CS Manufacturing

Are you looking for an exciting and challenging scientific career in a topic area with strong academic and industrial UK based international leadership?

Cardiff University leads the EPSRCfunded Future Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Hub, part of the UK-based Compound Semiconductor Cluster, with three academic partners: UCL, the University of Manchester and the University of Sheffield. The Hub utilises Europe-leading facilities at the Institute for Compound Semiconductors and Compound Semiconductor Centre, translating research into large-scale CS growth and device fabrication. As part of the Manufacturing Hub programme, we are seeking to appoint 4-5 PhD students in the area of group III-V CS electronic and optoelectronic device design and characterisation with systems applications in diverse areas such as;

  • Atomic Clocks
  • Magnetic Cameras
  • Free space communications for drones.

  • These posts will be for 3.5 years in the first instance, based in either Manchester or Cardiff and will work closely with major companies (e.g. Airbus and IQE) or in collaboration with partners (e.g. National Physical Laboratory) to advance state-of-theart technology through academic discovery, contributing to translation at partners for industrial development and job creation.

    You will have an ambition to be an internationally recognised researcher with an outstanding track record of achievement in the field of CS electronics and optoelectronics, focusing on device design and characterisation, with an understanding of material growth and device fabrication. You will succeed by publishing in high-quality academic journals and presenting at the leading international conferences.

    PhD studentship positions are available for outstanding individuals who are EU nationals. You will have an excellent degree in Physics, Engineering or Materials Science and have a good background in semiconductor physics.

    For more information contact: smowtonpm@cf.ac.uk


    Manufacturing Technicians
    St Mellons, Cardiff, U.K.

    The Role

    Primarily responsible for the loading & unloading or production material along with the test, measurement and characterisation of manufactured epiwafers in a cleanroom environment.

    Key responsibilities of the role are as follows:

    • Carry out production runs as required by the Daily Production Schedule/OSR targets and objectives
    • To complete accurate records of all specified product characteristics
    • To perform routine operations on all test and measurement (Characterisation) equipment, in a safe, accurate, reliable and consistent manner
    • To perform scheduled calibration and/or monitoring as requested and to maintain all appropriate records, SPC data and charts
    •  To assist in modifications and process improvement programmes where required
    • Provide back-up safety cover to standard operating procedures as required (e.g. bubbler, cylinder and P-Trap changes)
    • Complete all run-related data and checks on ODS (Manufacturing IT System), pre-run checks, and assist in 1st stage problem solving where necessary
    • Responsible for maintaining local bay area, reactor loading area and glovebox housekeeping to normal semiconductor standards
    • Participate in any problem solving and continuous improvement programmes focused on achieving business objectives
    • Adhering to all internal safety, HR, environmental and quality guidelines & procedures

    Hours /Shifts;24/7 basis; 2 day shifts, 2 nights shifts, 4 rest days

    Education;A good general standard of education

    Previous Experience; In a production, technical or cleanroom environment is a distinct advantage

    Technical skills;A degree of computer literacy is essential                    

    Other skills;Must have the ability to work closely, and communicate with, all levels of operations and engineering staff and be an effective team player

    If you are interested in joining our team please send your CV with a covering letter to: Human Resources Team, IQE/CSC, Pascal Close, St Mellons, Cardiff, CF3 0LW or email personnel@iqep.com

    Closing  date for applications Friday 24th February.


    Equipment Engineer
    Cardiff, U.K.

    IQE is a leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor material offering the widest product range of any independent wafer supplier in the world. We operate 11 manufacturing facilities; two in Cardiff, one in Milton Keynes and one in Bath in the UK; five in the USA; one in Taiwan and one in Singapore. The Group also has 11 sales offices located in major economic centres worldwide.

    The Role:

    To provide Equipment Engineering support to production by managing the various systems in terms of, breakdown, maintenance, planned preventative maintenance, record keeping and performance. To enact timely fault finding and repairs to manufacturing systems and ensure continuous improvement by identifying and implementing lasting solutions to production problems.

    Key functions of the role are as follows:

    • The day-to-day maintenance of manufacturing systems and ancillary plant support systems.
    • Maximising the uptime of all equipment necessary for production.
    • Continual Improvement of reliability and performance of systems and equipment.
    • Proactive involvement in the support of CVD process improvement and problem solving programmes.
    • To pursue personal objectives decided at appraisal and maintain a list of 'slack jobs' that may be undertaken in any periods of slack during a shift.
    • Adhering to all internal safety, HR, environmental and quality guidelines & procedures.
    • To provide site wide engineering and maintenance support to be carried out on manufacturing systems.
    • To provide medium and long term planned preventative maintenance function and record keeping.
    • To act as the Competent Person in all activities carried out in the area for which you are responsible
    • To monitor reactor performance and identify problems and establish and implement lasting solutions to those problems.
    • To liaise with line manager on a regular basis to determine current priorities

    Hours /Shifts:               

    Monday – Friday  shifted rota
    6am – 2.30 pm
    7.30 am – 4pm
    1.30 pm – 10pm
    On call rota 1 weekend in 4

    Education background:

    HNC/HND or equivalent in an engineering discipline                                 

    Previous Experience:

    Experience of semiconductor processing would be preferred.

    Essential skills:

    • Good understanding of CVD Technology
    • Mechanical/Electrical/Electronic aptitude and experience
    • Excellent problem solving and fault finding skills
    • Able to prioritise effectively              

    Interpersonal skills:

    A commercially focussed, self starter with the desire to drive continuous improvement through the organisation.

    If you are interested in joining the IQE team please send your CV with a covering letter to:-Human Resources Department, IQE, Pascal Close, St Mellons, Cardiff, CF3 0LW or email personnel@iqep.com.

                                                                                                                                 

    Equipment Engineer
    Cardiff, U.K.

    The Role

    To provide Equipment Engineering support to production by managing the various systems in terms of, breakdown, maintenance, planned preventative maintenance, record keeping and performance. To enact timely fault finding and repairs to manufacturing systems and ensure continuous improvement by identifying and implementing lasting solutions to production problems.

    Key functions of the role are as follows

    • The day-to-day maintenance of manufacturing systems and ancillary plant support systems.
    • Maximising the uptime of all equipment necessary for production.
    • Continual Improvement of reliability and performance of systems and equipment.
    • Proactive involvement in the support of MOVPE process improvement and problem solving programmes.
    • To provide site wide engineering and maintenance support to be carried out on manufacturing systems.
    • To provide medium and long term planned preventative maintenance function and record keeping.
    • To act as the Competent Person in all activities carried out in the area for which you are responsible
    • To monitor reactor performance and identify problems and establish and implement lasting solutions to those problems.
    • To liaise with line manager on a regular basis to determine current priorities

    To pursue personal objectives decided at appraisal and maintain a list of 'slack jobs' that may be undertaken in any periods of slack during a shift.

    Adhering to all internal safety, HR, environmental and quality guidelines & procedures.

    Hours /Shifts;                                     

    Alternating shift pattern of 4 on / 4 off
    2 shifts 6.00 am > 6.15 pm                                                                
    2 shifts 6.00 pm > 06.15 am
    4 shifts off

    Education background;      
    HNC/HND or equivalent in an engineering discipline                                             

    Previous Experience;           
    Experience of semiconductor processing would be preferred.

    Essential skills;                    

    • Good understanding of MOCVD Technology
    • Mechanical/Electrical/Electronic aptitude and experience
    • Excellent problem solving and fault finding skills
    • Able to prioritise effectively                                          

    Interpersonal skills;             
    A commercially focussed, self starter with the desire to drive continuous improvement through the organisation 

    If you are interested in joining the CSC team please send your CV with a covering letter to:-Human Resources Department, IQE, Pascal Close, St Mellons, Cardiff, CF3 0LW or email personnel@iqep.com.