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Job Ref:  204735276
Employer:  cv-library.co.uk
Industry:  Civil and Structural
Job Type:  Permanent
Country:  United Kingdom
County/State:  Oxfordshire
City:  Oxfordshire
Post Code:  OX18
Salary:  £35000 - £45000/annum Dep on Experience
27/10/2016 02:13
Physics Simulation Engineer/Programmer

Our client is a new University of Oxford spinout aiming to commercialize breakthrough thin film optical technologies in a range of exciting applications such as ultra-high resolution reflective displays and dynamic smart glazing applications.

As part of our very initial hiring processes, we are seeking a Physics Simulation Engineer/Programmer with experience in Multiphysics simulation software, (ideally thermo electric simulations in COMSOL), and preferably other software programming capability including MATLAB.

All appointed candidates will:

1. Construct, optimise and analyse the output of thermo-electric simulations of novel thin-film optical devices.
2. Show initiative and creativity to help achieve ambitious research milestones.
3. Be effective at multitasking.
4. Be diligent in documenting clearly all design activities and results obtained.
5. Be flexible in their willingness to take on projects with different technical elements and timescales, and quick to learn new concepts and software packages.
6. Assist with training of new employees and collaborators as role progresses.
7. Travel to partner sites in UK, Switzerland, Germany, USA or wherever required based on research, business or commercial needs. Such travel might occur at short notice and urgently.

Other duties

1. If required, supporting the Chief Technology Officer and the Chief Scientific Officer in commercialisation talks, including preparation of reports and creating documents to support the role of technology in potential commercialisation.
2. Assisting with other practical and administrative duties as required. This is a small company, and all staff members are expected to contribute to these tasks.


1. A good first degree (or equivalent working experience) in physics, electronic/electrical engineering, computer science or related area.
2. Previous experience of, and demonstrable ability of the following: 3. - Design and analysis of novel devices in multiphysics simulation software.
4. - Excellent analytical skills applied to simulated and experimental device evaluation results.

5. Excellent communication skills both orally and in writing in English at a suitable standard for the preparation of written reports, publications and presentation of research, both within the company and at external engagements.
6. Evidence of self-motivation and the ability to meet agreed deadlines.
7. Ability to work effectively both independently and as an active member of a team, working cooperatively within the group, while effectively planning your own workload within the project.
8. Willingness and ability to travel for short periods to work with collaborators abroad, if required.


1. Experience of electrical simulation of novel devices in e.g. SPICE software.
2. Experience of software programming for design parameter optimisation and/or analysis of simulated device performance in e.g. MATLAB.
3. Experience of optical simulation software, particularly thin-film interference devices.
4. A track record of problem-solving and creativity, including patented ideas or published novel research results.
5. Experience having developed device designs and transferring these through to fabrication or commercialisation.
6. Experience of collaborations with external groups and industry.
7. Candidates should be free to take up the post in October 2016 or soon thereafter if at all possible, although a later starting date may be agreed for a strong appointable candidate
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