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Applications Laboratory Technician - Test

Date:  16-Feb-2021

Bristol, GB

Job Function:  Technical
Business Unit:  Plasma Technology

At Oxford Instruments, we enable the world’s leading industrial companies and scientific research communities to image, analyse and manipulate materials down to the atomic and molecular level. At 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.


The primary purpose of this role is to ensure that OIPT equipment is fully functional and available for customer/sample demos along with strategic project support.


Key Responsibilites:

  • To keep the Applications Laboratory Systems running to ensure that samples, customer demonstrations and development work can be carried out within agreed timescales.
  • Respond quickly to emergency breakdowns. Provide technical troubleshooting and liaise with engineers /technicians. Ensure that effective and accurate communication is maintained between all relevant parties and ensure that information is fed back to the lab manager/senior members of the applications group and senior support staff so that all issues may be up-dated effectively.
  • Carry out test, installation, commissioning and fault finding of equipment including operation and maintenance.
  • Liaise with technical Support and Systems Engineering on any potential or actual system problems.
  • Provide a report of work done analysing time spent on issues.
  • Ensure that all Lab Systems are kept in a safe state via planned maintenance and safety audits.
  • Work as an individual within a team of technicians exchanging information and experiences.
  • Help to maintain an accurate record of the status of the system, timing of warranty, parts supplied, service contracts and failures so that trends can be analysed.


  • Formal Electronic and Electrical qualification.
  • Substantial relevant experience and training.
  • Degree / HNC or equivalent in an appropriate Engineering discipline (preferred).

Professional Skills/Responsibilites:

  • Knowledge of RF, Auto-match units, mains power including 3 phase power. Low voltages circuit, PLC and EN13849 safety circuitry
  • Ability to fault find to component level and implement corrective action an advantage
  • Ability to interpret electrical and mechanical schematics
  • Knowledge of Brooks handling systems an advantage
  • Knowledge of standard etch, and deposition process a major advantage
  • Knowledge of gas safety systems an advantage
  • Uses interpersonal skills to communicate effectively in both one-to-one and group situations.
  • Recognises, and acts within, limits of own delegated authority.
  • Hands on experience of technical equipment support ideally front-end wafer fabrication in the semiconductor or a related high technology electronic/instrumentation sector.

Personal Qualities:

Preferred but not essential:

  • Good PC skills.
  • Knowledge of Plasma processes.
  • Flexible, co-operative and willing.
  • Methodical, systematic and conscientious.
  • Punctual and self-disciplined.
  • Positive attitude
  • Willingness to take on responsibility.


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 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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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.


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