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Technology Development Engineer

To develop technologies that will drive future growth of Xaar’s world class inkjet products. Technology development is about capturing the required know-how that will enable the design of new products which push the state-of-the-art in inkjet printing.

Whilst there is an important research element (both internal and external), this role is about the successful delivery of technology into R&D programmes through proof of concept and knowledge transfer.

 

Purpose of role:

To develop technologies that will drive future growth of Xaar’s world class inkjet products. Technology development is about capturing the required know-how that will enable the design of new products which push the state-of-the-art in inkjet printing.

Whilst there is an important research element (both internal and external), this role is about the successful delivery of technology into R&D programmes through proof of concept and knowledge transfer.

 

Report Relationships:

Manager of Technology

 

Key Accountabilities:

Undertake the coordination, discovery and development activities to deliver new technologies, for example:

  • Review external knowledge in the relevant fields
  • Develop external relationships / partnerships (where necessary)
  • Develop experiments / ideas / concepts / prototypes
  • Generate / capture know-how
  • Perform detailed structural analysis (where necessary)
  • Demonstrate performance
  • Report on findings and make recommendations
  • Lead knowledge transfer activities
  • Above all deliver technologies that add value to Xaar’s customers

 

As an enabler it will be necessary to develop detailed knowledge in specific technical areas.

 

Examples:

  1. Develop a MEMS process capable of fabricating structures of any desired geometry.
  2. Develop a functional material to achieve specific characteristics e.g. chemical barrier or surface energy (fluid wetting properties).
  3. Develop the know-how to produce piezo-materials with very long lifetimes.
  4. Critically examine the potential of new and emerging technologies (as far as they relate to internal priorities).

 

Key Internal Relationships:

Technology team

Actuator integration team

Programme teams

 

Key Challenges:

  • Quickly establish the value / relevance of technologies to inkjet customers
  • Successfully apply technologies to meet specific product requirements
  • Co-ordinate applied research activities to deliver results within R&D timescales
  • Working effectively with external organisations (industrial and academic)
  • Successfully transfer knowledge into new product development
  • Develop to a high level, a range of capabilities in a highly technical field
  • Make effective plans and decisions even with imperfect data

 

Person Specification:

  • Self-starter with willingness to take the lead when required
  • Organised, methodical and data rational
  • Creative thinker with the ability to think around problems as well as to solve them
  • Excellent attention to detail, whilst able to identify and separate the key influencing factors
  • Ability to think across technical disciplines to take in the wider system view
  • Ability to achieve practical, commercial results in an applied research field
  • Ability to co-ordinate work in an effective manner (both internally and externally)
  • Ability to quickly learn new tools, materials and methods
  • Excellent analytical skills.

 

Qualifications and experience:

Essential

  • Minimum of a masters degree in physics / chemistry / material science or other relevant discipline
  • Ability to analyse and describe the function of complex systems
  • Ability to design products or components to meet specific requirements
  • Ability to demonstrate commercial viability of candidate ideas / designs.
  • Expert user in PC tools

Desirable

  • Knowledge of Silicon MEMS devices and fabrication methods
  • Use of tools like JMP for data analysis

Highly desirable

  • PhD in relevant discipline
  • Background in piezo actuators (thin film / PZT / MEMS)
  • Design of commercial piezo/MEMS devices.