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Reader/Professor: Application of Ion Beams

The Surrey Ion Beam Centre has a vacancy for a Reader/Professor: Application of Ion Beams

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 23 May 2021
  • United Kingdom | University of Surrey
  • Date posted: 30 Apr 2021
  • Job type: Academic: faculty
  • Disciplines: Accelerators, neutron & light sources  | Optics, lasers & photonics 

Location: Guildford (full-time)
Salary:  £62,727 to £83,690
Application deadline: 23 May 2021

The Surrey Ion Beam Centre (SIBC) which is the lead site for the UK National Ion Beam Centre (UKNIBC) and is a part of the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) is looking to strengthen its activity and leadership in the application of ion beams and is looking for a candidate with a strong international reputation in the application and development of ion beam processes.

The SIBC is an EPSRC funded National Research Facility which has been in operation for over 40 years providing specialist ion beam processing and ion beam analysis facilities to both academic and industrial clients within the UK and beyond. The SIBC houses three accelerators, two used for implantation and one primarily for analysis and irradiation studies. New facilities on this tool include a high resolution PIXE line and a high resolution ToF ERD capability to be installed in the summer of 2021. The main beam-lines from the implanters have their end stations in a class 100 clean room to ensure contamination of semiconductor samples is kept to commercially acceptable standards. A fourth accelerator for ion implantation is currently being commissioned. The SIBC also houses two new bespoke single ion implanters designed specifically to support solid state quantum technology.

 The SIBC currently supports a portfolio of over £100M of EPSRC grants and 45 companies using ion beams as part of their R&D programs. It provides ~3500 hours of access to external users per year from the three accelerators. The SIBC is regarded as one of the premier sites worldwide having a very diverse capability with over 100 man years of experience developing ion beam related processes to functionalise materials mainly aimed at, but not limited to, the microelectronics and photonics markets. In 2002 the SIBC was awarded the Queens Anniversary prize for research achievement, recognising the University as “a pre-eminent institution in the field of ion implantation and optoelectronics.”

It is expected that the appointee will exploit and enhance the ion beam facilities available and complement the existing strengths in ion beam applications, materials processing and metrology and have the potential to collaborate with industry and multiple partners in academia, particularly in the areas of: ion beam modification and analysis of a wide range of materials, their metrology, modelling and understanding the mechanisms involved; development of ion based manufacturing processes for solid state electronic and quantum devices; ion beam based analysis of materials in a wide range of fields. Experience in management of teams and leading national activities will be highly desirable for the post. The appointee will be expected to help further develop the facility and ensure that it maintains its position of providing leading edge facilities for ion beam applications.

In addition to a sector-leading salary you will receive a generous annual leave entitlement and excellent development opportunities. Our benefits package includes discounted membership to the Surrey Sports Park, nursery on site and relocation assistance (subject to meeting certain criteria).

At Surrey, we are committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equitable opportunities for all, in the pursuit of Surrey’s vision to be a leading global University. We work together to create a truly inclusive culture. The Department of EEE has a current Anthea SWAN Bronze Award and we place great value on diversity and welcome applicants from all backgrounds. We are seeking to increase the diversity within our community and would particularly encourage applications from women and from other under-represented groups. Appointments will always be made on merit.

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. Roger Webb, Director SIBC, and/or Prof. Ravi Silva, Director ATI,  For further information about the SIBC please visit or

Interviews are taking place in the week commencing 7 June 2021.

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