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Device Modelling Specialist

Requisition ID:  1059

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Posted Date: 

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £28,331 - £34,200

Closing Date: 9 February 2020



The Role


Based at Evince Technology, Durham you will lead a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project to develop a capability to model diamond based electronic devices based on Evince Technologies embedded field emission device architecture.


Candidates educated to Post-doctoral Degree level with relevant technological coverage/experience in a related area of application together with knowledge of semiconductor physics and/or semiconductor device technologies are preferred.  Candidates with a Master’s Degree with relevant industrial experience will be considered. 


The candidate will need to be proficient in simulation and physical modelling of electron/ semiconductor devices and computational analytics with a demonstrated background of practical engineering design and development.  Candidates must have high-level/ advanced user experience with a multi-physics software platforms, such as COMSOL or ANSYS which is essential for the role, only candidates who possess this experience will be considered



  • The opportunity to undertake a Higher Degree
  • Attendance at two residential managerial workshops (each of one week’s duration)
  • £4,000 individual training budget
  • The opportunity to lead a project, develop project management skills and improve long term career prospects
  • Management training and mentoring by an Innovate UK KT Adviser
  • Full access to university resources to complete the project

The KTP Associate will be an employee of Newcastle University but will spend most of their working time at the company’s premises in Sedgefield, Durham.  Although the contract is fixed-term for a duration of 2 years, more than 70% of KTP staff are made a permanent job offer by their KTP company.

Evince Technology is developing breakthrough electron devices using synthetic-diamond.  Using modern semiconductor manufacturing techniques, coupled with their proprietary Embedded Electron Emission technology, they make solid-state electron devices and sources at the microelectronic scale. These unite the best characteristics of valves with the efficiencies of modern semiconductors. By fully exploiting diamond's unique properties, their devices promise performance levels that far outstrip anything available today. http://www.evincetechnology.com/


For more information or informal enquiries, please contact Jonathan Goss, jonathan.goss@ncl.ac.uk


For further details about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships please visit the web page at: http://ktp.innovateuk.org/


As part of our commitment to career development for research staff, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles.  These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.


This is a fixed term position for 2 years.


Key Accountabilities

  • Onboarding to the project and familiarisation with the business context within which the KTP will deliver a new capability
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the functionality and software of principal physical models, familiarisation of previous modelling outcomes and methodology
  • Design and development of computational tools, implementation and evaluation of physical models
  • Transfer knowledge to Evince staff through user guides and staff training ensuring knowledge and expertise is fully embedded within Evince
  • Throughout the project present findings to stakeholders and prepare full documentation
  • Disseminate research via scientific publications, seminars and present at European conference


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • High level/advanced user experience with a multi-physics software platfors, such as COMSOL or ANSYS
  • Knowledge of semi-conductor Physics and/or semi-conductor device technologies
  • Experience of Multiphysics simulation and modelling software such as COMSOL or ANSYS
  • Experience of using quantitative and qualitative research methods beyond academic studies
  • Experience of working in a fast paced research and development environment
  • Experience of working with data analytics in the context of simulation outputs and device operation, strong data analytic and computational skills
  • Ability to correlate modelling outputs with practical application data
  • Ability to prepare conference papers, journal articles and presentations 

Attributes and Behaviour

  • An enthusiastic highly capable individual to embrace the challenges of a project
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate at all levels to different stakeholder groups
  • The ability to work independently and collaboratively with colleagues
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Good attention to detail and awareness of the importance of data quality and reliability



  •    PhD with relevant technological coverage or Master’s Degree with relevant industrial experience


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

Requisition ID: 1059