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Applications Engineer

Date:  17-Feb-2021

Bristol, GB

Job Function:  Technical
Business Unit:  Plasma Technology

At Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology, we provide tools for the engineering of micro- and nano-structures, with customers using our process solutions to research and produce materials and semiconductors vital for everything from medical devices and diagnostics, to electric cars and quantum computers.


This is a key role within the Applications Team developing processes for our Customers. As part of this role, you will develop the technical expertise that our customers need on a range of our products and processes. You will process customer samples to agreed targets. You will also support the final acceptance of our tools, by customers, at their sites. 


Key Responsibilities:

  • Process a wide variety of samples for customers and the applications team using a range of Oxford Instruments etch, deposition and growth tools and techniques.
  • Work closely with the Applications Team to contribute to novel process development in support of customers and new product development. You will be given training, development and support by an experienced Process Engineer.
  • Liaise with members of the Sales, Technology and Applications team to interpret their requirements into sample processing requirements.
  • Agree priorities and deadlines with the Applications Team Leader.
  • Analyse the results of the test samples and produce technical reports to capture the results and issues.
  • Support field process acceptances worldwide on an occasional basis when experienced in relevant processes
  • Develop an excellent working knowledge of the technology to facilitate fault finding and root cause analysis on processing results.
  • Produce reports on samples demonstrations, customer visits and field acceptance visits to support the sales process.
  • Liaise with customers, in conjunction with the sales and marketing teams, to understand their product performance requirements in order to produce satisfactory samples.
  • Liaise with all members of project teams and interpret their requirements into sample processing requirements.


  • A degree in Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science or Electronics from a University recognised for the high quality of its technical degrees. A post graduate qualification is an advantage.

Professional Skill/Abilities:

  • Thin film measuring skills (e.g. SEMs, ellipsometry etc.,)
  • Specialisation in at least one of the following areas:
    • ALD, CVD (would be an advantage), Ion Beam (Deposition or etch), MBE (Molecular Beam Epitaxy), MEMS etching, HBLED’s etching, Compound Semiconductor etching, Metal or dielectric etching. Alternatively you can demonstrate a deep understanding of either plasma based deposition or etch.
  • A professional approach to working independently and managing your own time, without compromise to your ability to work as part of a team
  • Highly innovative and good lateral thinking skills for identifying opportunities for technology development applications
  • Focused on excellent customer service
  • Good diagnostic skills and problem solving abilities. Positive and enthusiastic attitude to technical challenges, and flexibility to cope effectively with changes to specifications or priorities
  • Team player who makes the best use of the contributions that can be made by others, and has the ability to work constructively with others
  • Excellent written and oral communication, with the ability to articulate, present and report on technical or complex issues clearly and succinctly
  • A passion for our industry and the positive impact we can have on our customers’ research and/or products.



In addition to a competitive starting salary, Oxford Instruments also offers structured career development opportunities, a good work-life balance, private healthcare, a share incentive plan, 25 days annual leave, early finish on on Fridays, a defined contribution Group Personal Pension Plan, and a flexible benefits package that you can tailor to your own requirements.


If this role sounds of interest to you, please apply with your updated CV.


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