A full time post-doctorate research position is now available to work on an EPSRC/DTI funded research project on the use of mixed-metal materials as replacements for cadmium in opto-electronic thin-film coatings.
The University of Reading Infrared Multilayer Laboratory are world specialists in the research, design and manufacture of state-of-the-art high-performance infrared optical filters and coatings for space-borne and ground-based telescope imaging & spectrometer instruments. The laboratory has an international reputation and heritage for the supply of infrared filters and coatings to many space and astronomical research projects used in planetary remote sensing and atmospheric weather research satellites since the late 1960's. Further details can be found at
Candidates must have a PhD in optical thin-film engineering or a related physics/materials science background with knowledge in the theory and experimental deposition of optical thin-films, including reactive RF sputtering, plasma assisted CVD and thermal evaporation. The successful applicant will be responsible for the design and development of complex and innovative state-of-the-art thin film coatings and materials for optical and electro-optical components. Proficiency in optical thin-film coating design applications software (e.g. Macleod, Filmstar etc.) would be an advantage. Good mechanical and electrical troubleshooting skills are necessary. The appointee must be self-motivated, with the ability to work with little supervision and a high level of attention, and be able to work well with engineers and other departmental technicians in a team environment. The successful candidate will be expected to rapidly make significant technical contributions and be capable of in-depth technical communication with project partners. Responsibilities may also include a single major project or several smaller projects simultaneously.
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