Physicist - Chip Development

 We are further expanding the core technical team and are seeking an experienced engineer or scientist with expertise in the test and development of semiconductor or microfluidic devices to help launch these products into commercial production. Based between our Cambridge facility and nearby cleanroom, the role will be cross-functional with a division of work between our microfabrication activities (including cleanroom work and interaction with outsourced development) and our lab-based test program.

Our mission is to push the boundaries of complex cell analysis. Using the Lightcast platform we are working with major pharmaceutical companies and leading academic institutes. Together, using our next generation microfluidic platform, we are making advances towards new science, unique clinical approaches, new therapies and innovative products.

The Lightcast platform allows precise and highly flexible independent control of thousands of microdroplets independently and in parallel using software-generated light patterns. By combining droplets containing different cells, antibodies, cancer drugs, reporters and /or other reagents we can perform complex workflows and assays with a flexibility far beyond what is currently possible on any cell analysis platform. 

We are further expanding the core technical team and are seeking an experienced engineer or scientist with expertise in the test and development of semiconductor or microfluidic devices to help launch these products into commercial production. Based between our Cambridge facility and nearby cleanroom, the role will be cross-functional with a division of work between our microfabrication activities (including cleanroom work and interaction with outsourced development) and our lab-based test program.

Your responsibilities will include:

Device development and testing

  • Developing improvements to the Lightcast optofluidic device
  • Developing fabrication and assembly methods for devices
  • Devising and running validation and verification tests including measurements using prototype instruments
  • Troubleshooting device failures, root cause analysis and feedback of information into the wider team.

Collaboration and planning

  • Liaise with external sub-contractors and outsource development partners
  • Participate in team technical discussions and problem-solving exercises
  • Contribute to technical meetings
  • Contribute to work plans and test designs
  • Liaise with system users and customers to understand device performance, bugs and performance issues

Requirements

We would expect you to have:

  • A first-class or 2:1 degree in Engineering, Physics or a closely related discipline
  • A technical track record in microfabrication techniques including some of:
    • Photolithography
    • Layer deposition techniques such as ALD, PECVD, PVD
    • Semiconductor etching
  • A track record of high-quality cleanroom work
  • Experience of breadboard instrumentation, metrology, device test and development
  • A good understanding of device physics, such a microfluidics, rheology, electrokinetics, semiconductor physics or other area relevant to the Lightcast technology.
  • Demonstrable experience with interdisciplinary and cross-functional working
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent teamworking skills

It would be advantageous for you to have:

  • Experience with MEMS devices or microfluidics
  • Experience with optics
  • Experience interacting with outsourced development partners
  • A track record of working in a multidisciplinary environment
  • Experience with 2D CAD for photomask design

Lightcast Discovery offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits including:  

  • 26 days holiday, plus Public Holidays  
  • Flexible working hours  
  • Share option scheme
  • Private medical insurance 
  • Income protection 
  • Life insurance 
  • Subsidised gym membership and weekly cross fit sessions
  • Access to Cycle to Work and Technology schemes 
  • Enhanced family leave policies  
  • Plus more…. 

Here at Lightcast Discovery we have an informal, open work environment where collaboration and innovation are at the heart of what we do.  We’re based in West Cambridge, near excellent transport links and plenty of local amenities.  We regularly gather as a team to hear about developments across functions and to share ideas.  We enjoy social events and regular team lunches, promote career development and learning opportunities.  It’s an exciting time to join our revolutionary team as we push boundaries and continue to grow.        

We are committed to being an equal opportunities employer. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries and we are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments that you may require.  

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK

 Strictly no agencies please 

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