Closed CLOSING DATE: 24/09/2019

KP Technology Ltd

Graduate R and D Assistant

Undergraduate Degree, Postgraduate Degree

Closing Date:
Science and environment
Caithness and Sutherland
£19,500 to £23,500 depending on experience
12 months
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Placement summary

Based in Wick in the North of Scotland, KP Technology designs and manufactures Kelvin Probe systems with the aim of bringing to the market new surface research tools.

There is now the opportunity for a 12-month graduate placement to work on a project to develop instrumentation/measurement techniques for solar cell, semiconductor and optical component characterisation.

Job description

Project Description

This is an excellent opportunity for a candidate with a physics or electronic engineering background interested in developing electrical and optical measurement techniques.

Placement Objectives

As above.

Role Description

Specific tasks of the placement will include:

  • Undertake training in relevant research techniques (Kelvin Probes, Photoemission, Spectrometers, Optical Spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy).
  • Review operation of solar cells, optical and electrical properties of thin films, and basic principles of electronic measurement circuits.
  • Gain an understanding of our business model, including system attributes and cost, understanding the client budget cycle.
  • Design of production prototypes such as light sources, pulse control and integrated data acquisition.
  • Integration of production prototypes into commercial system and carry out sample testing.
  • Develop light sources of intensity 1-3 sun and use them to measure the current/voltage output from solar cells.
  • Test applications of impedance spectroscopy and optical transmission spectroscopy of thin layers.
  • Produce report and presentation on work undertaken and conclusions.

For informal enquiries regarding this position please contact Prof. Iain Baikie on 01955 602777. There is flexibility around the start date for this placement.


This position is part funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund.


Minimum BSc Degree, preferably related to Physics, Electronics, Computing, Materials, Chemistry and General Engineering.

Skills / Experience

Essential Skills

  • Background knowledge of scientific or electronics.
  • Knowledge in one or more of the following areas: physics, electronics,
  • semiconductor materials, computing, optics.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Ability to prioritise work to meet deadlines.
  • Experience of personal research project/electronic circuit prototyping.
  • High level of IT literacy.
  • Proactive and willingness to learn.
  • Practical skills.

Desirable Skills

  • Clean driving licence.


Company benefits

Upon successful completion of the project it is hoped that the graduate placement
would result in permanent employment, should the candidate meet the company’s
needs, be a good fit with the core team and would like to develop their career in this field.


Placement benefits

An integral part of the ScotGrad Graduate Placement Programme is the tailored 4-day residential graduate business skills training course. ScotGrad placements also offer a unique opportunity to connect with a network of graduates and ScotGrad alumni. All graduates appointed through the programme are encouraged to use ScotGrad’s networks to communicate with other ScotGrad participants, learn about any professional development opportunities, including any relevant networking events and build up a professional network.

Additional information



Company information

Since inception in 2000, KP Technology has experienced rapid growth and now services over 100 companies and research institutes worldwide in their materials research and characterisation requirements. Our Scottish-based team consists of electronic and software engineers, materials research associates, training, sales and administrative staff.

Tech or Advanced Engineering (TAE)

Company website: www.kelvinprobe.com

Iain Baikie