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Research Physicist / Scientist: Physics - Cambs


Competitive salary plus benefits

Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, England


Permanent | Full Time




My clients in Cambridgeshire are looking for a Research Physicist / Scientist: Physics.

This role is commutable from Saffron Walden, Royston, Cambridge, Bedford, St. Neots, Huntingdon.

The purpose of this role is to work within my client's innovation team to propose, investigate and evaluate novel projects and technologies.

The role will involve a range of activities including technology trend research, detailed assessments of technology status, roadmaps and unmet needs as well as experimental design and execution.

Technologies evaluated are expected to be diverse (examples from the past include energy storage, thermoelectric devices, biosensors etc) but with the expectation that the evaluation will require significant knowledge of Physics.


- Identify areas of interest within the "Sustainability" and "Digital transformation" themes that are not an on-going research project within the company. Clearly communicate and justify the potential benefits.

- Participate in ideation processes with well-considered suggestions leading to possible solutions unlocking new opportunities.

- Design and execute experiments to validate hypotheses.

- Identify and liaise with technical experts in academia and/or industry.

- Liaise closely with research teams to understand and, if required, participate in relevant ongoing research topics.

- Contribute to widening the company Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio by inventing novel concepts and technical solutions.

- With support from the market analysis team, develop an understanding of market needs and competition for target applications.


- Prepare project proposals drawing from technical solutions, IP and market information as well as commercial considerations.

- Fabricate devices in company cleanroom and laboratory facilities following standard procedures and working practices. Devise new procedures where appropriate.

- Characterise devices using relevant test equipment and develop novel techniques and systems to improve understanding and capabilities.

- Characterise new materials in devices using a wide range of standard and novel techniques.

- Analyse experimental data and clearly communicate conclusions and recommendations.

- Contribute to the construction of theoretical models in order to build a thorough understanding of the fundamental mechanisms underpinning the operation and performance of devices and systems.

- Ensure plans and progress are accurately communicated and reported in a timely fashion.

- Develop core IP to protect the technology.


- PhD in physics or a physics-related subject (or equivalent experience), with ideally a broad-based research focus on developing and demonstrating materials for new technology applications.

- Experience in electronic or opto-electronic device physics.

- Creative, inventive with an aptitude for experimental work and with experience of solving complex problems.

- A demonstrable interest in developing technical solutions across a range of projects and applications.

- Self-motivation and ability to operate independently in a laboratory environment.

- Excellent team-skills, with the ability to interface and effectively communicate across multiple scientific disciplines.

- An understanding of the time-critical demands of target-driven industrial research and of working with drive and passion towards critical deadlines.

- Experience of developing testing procedures, including writing experimental and data acquisition control programmes for new devices is highly desirable.

- Experience of using materials in prototype device structures to demonstrate desired functional properties is desirable.

- Experience of identifying and developing theoretical models and implementing them alongside experimental work is highly desirable.

- Experience in statistical analysis is highly desirable.

- Experience fabricating electronic or opto-electronic devices using solution processing techniques would be an advantage.

Salary c£33-36k per annum, flexible for the right candidate.

To apply for this Scientist: Physics / Research Physicist role in Cambridgeshire please contact us ASAP!