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Senior Research Fellow

Centre for Electronics Frontiers

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £39,152 to £49,553
Full Time Fixed Term (2 years)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 22 June 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1377421PN

Nanofabrication of hybrid RRAM/CMOS platforms for unconventional computing 

The Centre for Electronics Frontiers at the University of Southampton is accepting applications for an experienced Senior Research Fellow. The position will be based at the Highfield Campus and will commence as soon as possible for a fixed-term contract of 2 years due to funding restrictions. 

You will be part of a large interdisciplinary team lead by Professor Themis Prodromakis and will be affiliated with the EPSRC-funded FORTE ( programme grant. Our vision is to integrate state-of-the art memristive/resistive random-access memory (RRAM) devices with conventional complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) architectures and circuits, in order to facilitate emerging novel technologies for unconventional computing.

You will be involved in the use of our state-of-the-art nanofabrication facilities for developing novel oxide-based nanoelectronic devices and arrays and integrating these with commercially available CMOS technologies, collaboratively with foundries. You will join our highly visible group of researchers in related projects and will be required to coordinate activities among academic and industrial partners. In addition you will interact closely with PhD students for developing novel oxide-based devices with particular emphasis in optimizing their architecture and thin-film processes for enhancing technology yield and their performance metrics, as well as other Research Fellows that will be responsible for exploiting the technology in real-world applications.

It is essential you hold a PhD or equivalent professional qualification in one of Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Engineering or a closely related subject area. You will also have a strong background in one or more of the following areas relating to this post:

  1. Thin Film Oxide electronics and Semiconductor Devices
  2. Micro-nano fabrication processes in a clean-room environment (lithography, etching, thermal evaporation, etc.)
  3. Growth techniques of oxide thin films (physical vapour deposition (PVD) or chemical vapour deposition (CVD))
  4. Electrical Characterisation of Semiconductor and Thin Film Devices.

Skills in electron beam lithography and/or in specific analytical characterisation techniques (such as XPS, EDS or AFM) especially within the context of thin film oxides and RRAM would be desirable. Although previous familiarity with RRAM is not necessary it would be advantageous towards a successful application.

There will be some travel involved both within the United Kingdom and abroad to conduct research, visit collaborators, and attend conferences.

Further information can be obtained from Prof Themis Prodromakis at email address:

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the Zepler Institute. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position.  We value diversity and inclusion at the University and aspire for our staff population to be broadly representative of our community.   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 along with other benefits such as the cycle to work scheme.

 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

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 Annabelle Trimm (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1377421PN on all correspondence. 


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