Research Assistant in Microsystems

Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoctoral scholar position in physics at University of Cambridge. The funds for this position are available for 18 months. Applications are welcome before October 29, 2018.

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to work on the design and characterisation of resonant and mode-localized MEMS accelerometers and the associated front-end electronics.

The post holder will be located in the Nanoscience Centre, West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

Key responsibilities and duties: to design and develop resonant and mode-localized MEMS accelerometers and the associated front-end electronics. The post-holder will work together with industrial partners to develop technical demonstrators and address issues relating to system-level integration and limited term field deployment.

The post-holder will contribute to peer-reviewed publications based on project results, technical and administrative reports reporting on project progress, delivering oral presentations at conferences, review meetings and other internal and external dissemination events and interfacing with industrial partners on field visits and technical demonstrations.

Skills, qualifications and experience required: a prior background in the fields of Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). The candidate will have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in an Engineering or relevant Applied Physics discipline and will have a track record of dissemination in related areas as indicated by the candidate’s publication record in journals and international conferences in the MEMS field. Other required skills include:
- Familiarity with computational tools such as MATLAB, Finite Element Analysis tools for MEMS, Layout tools such as L-Edit and Cadence IC Design tools.
- Familiarity with electrical and optical methods to characterise MEMS devices.
- Familiarity with the design of resonant MEMS devices.
- Familiarity with design and build of board-level electronics.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Sue Murkett (


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