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Graduate Innovation Developer

Date:  04-Aug-2022

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.


As a Graduate Innovation Developer, you will bring both a creative input and a technical knowledge to a problem. You'll be a core part of the team, be able to inspire and be inspired by the creative process, developing prototypes and new concepts using practical skills and effective ideation methods. Emphasize the inventive and innovative elements of being a technologist.


Key Responsibilities:


  • To communicate effectively with management, peers, marketing and sales teams on project technical decisions and product benefits.
  • To understand the use of the product in the wider “Jobs to be done” context in support of product business model development.
  • To work towards becoming a recognised expert in their field, capable of supporting complex customer or field service projects – the role may involve some international travel.
  • To support developing and maintaining the products and product road map in their field of competence.
  • Be a flexible thinker, proactive and drive the design and development of new ideas that can make a difference;
  • To have the ability to think broadly and adopt and/or adapt technology or understanding from other fields of interest to create future business opportunities and communicate their potential to peers.
  • To develop and nurture significant collaborations and partnerships with customers.
  • To define and implement safe working methods; to understand and apply relevant engineering standards to developments; to maintain awareness of new standards which may affect the business.


Education / Qualifications:

  • A degree or higher qualification in physics, chemistry or an engineering subject is an advantage – having an insatiable curiosity and focus on completing and reporting investigations is more important.
  • Experience of computing (Linux, Python and wider simulation methods) is also an advantage.


Professional Skills/ Abilities:

  • Have a solid understanding of general physics and engineering principles, in particular, have a good knowledge of engineering methods and technology relevant to semiconductor processing market;
  • Be able to demonstrate a natural, logical problem solving ability is important;
  • Be able to produce prototype models quickly by exploiting modern rapid prototyping techniques, such as simulation or 3D printing;
  • Be able to develop new semiconductor processes and understand the essential interactions between hardware, the process chemistry and the materials found in a modern process tool;
  • Be computer literate including familiarity with coding and coding methods.
  • Be methodical and organised, and be familiar with modern project management practices (e.g. Agile and waterfall).



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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