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Principal Experimental Officer

Photonic Systems Circuits & Sensors Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £39,152 to £49,553 per annum
Full Time Fixed Term (until 28/02/2022)
Closing Date:  Sunday 08 March 2020
Interview Date:   Monday 30 March 2020
Reference:  1240620PN

The Zepler Institute houses a cleanroom facility aimed at delivering world class nanofabrication and photonic based research in addition to enterprise activities relating to these fields. Operating within the Zepler Institute, the Silicon Photonics Group operates an enterprise activity known as CORNERSTONE 2, which is a Silicon Photonics multi-project-wafer fabrication service.

A position has arisen for a Principal Experimental Officer who will be responsible for the management and operation of the e-beam lithography tool for the Silicon Photonics Group, as well as the operation of the deep-UV scanner lithography system as part of the advanced lithography team.

A PhD or equivalent professional qualifications in a scientific field is essential, as is expert knowledge in Silicon Photonics device fabrication. Substantial experience in a microfabrication cleanroom including expert operation of an e-beam lithography tool, with proven experience of successfully planning and progressing work activities is also essential. Experience operating a DUV scanner lithography system is desirable.

You will be enthusiastic, self-motivated and able to form positive relationships with senior management. You will be able to foster positive relationships with the other members of the CORNERSTONE team to create an efficient and effective working environment.

The position provides the opportunity to join one of the leading academic Silicon Photonics groups in the world comprising over 40 researchers led Professor Graham Reed.

You will be provided with full training.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the Zepler Institute. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN Bronze.   We gives full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*, onsite childcare facilities 

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

*subject to qualifying criteria

For general enquiries please contact Professor Graham Reed (, 02380 595494).

Application Procedure: 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Steff Palmer (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4560. Please quote reference 1240620PN on all correspondence.

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

Further details:

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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