Closed CLOSING DATE: 12/06/2019

KP Technology Ltd

Graduate R and D Assistant

Undergraduate Degree, Postgraduate Degree

Closing Date:
Engineering manufacturing and production
Caithness and Sutherland
£19,500 - £23,500
12 months
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Placement summary

Based in Wick, KP Technology develops and manufactures Kelvin Probe and Photoemission Spectrometers for materials analysis, supplying the technology industry and international research institutes.  Application fields include organic semiconductors, solar cells and organic light emitting devices.


Job description

Project Description

They are seeking a 12-month graduate placement to work on a project to develop instrumentation/measurement techniques for solar cell, semiconductor and optical component characterisation.

Placement Objectives

As above.

Role Description

The successful candidate will work with the R&D team researching new modes of measurement, including prototype design and testing.

Specific tasks will include:

  • Familiarisation with current research equipment (Kelvin Probes, Photoemission Spectrometers, Optical Spectroscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy).
  • Review operation of solar cells.
  • Review optical and electrical properties of thin films.
  • Principles of electronic measurement circuits.
  • Undertake interfacing project to show communication protocol and debugging, testing of electronic circuits with test samples.
  • Undertake individual tasks relating to hardware/software design.
  • Training in software and electronic engineering, including data acquisition and analysis
  • Study of semiconductors, solar cells and OLEDs (Organic Light Emitting Diodes).
  • Design of engineering prototypes.
  • Analysis of test samples, understand client requirements and reporting.
  • Develop production prototypes such as light sources, pulse control and data acquisition.
  • Produce a report detailing additional development work required to complete project requirements.

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, Chemistry, Computing, Materials, General Engineering.

Skills / Experience

Essential Skills

  • Background knowledge of scientific principles
  • 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 also 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

  • Background knowledge of equipment
  • Previous research/design project experience
  • 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


July/Sept 2019

Company information

KP Technology has supplied materials analysis equipment to over 500 research institutes worldwide and enjoys strong collaborative links with international research groups.

Tech or Advanced Engineering (TAE)

Company website: www.kelvinprobe.com

Iain Baikie