Research Associate in Infrared Image Sensors

The Open University

Postdoctorate Position 2 years Milton Keynes, UK

Uploaded 1 Sep 2020

Job Description

The role

The Centre for Electronic Imaging (CEI) at the OU is developing new capabilities in characterisation of infrared image sensors for science applications, space-based imaging and Solar System exploration.

We are looking for a Post-Doctoral Research Associate who will be engaged in all aspects of the specification, procurement and commissioning of a purpose-built characterisation set-up for infrared image sensors. Working with the project team, the role holder will develop experimental techniques for electro-optical characterisation and optimisation of the imaging devices under study and software for automated data acquisition and analysis. The role holder is expected to become the key expert in infrared device characterisation and the operation of the experimental equipment.

The ideal candidate to fill this role will be a scientifically minded individual who is enthusiastic about and has strengths in image sensor operation and characterisation. The individual will be passionate about applying their skills to scientific areas such as Space Research.

Key responsibilities

  • Specify, procure, build and commission a new experimental set-up for characterisation of infrared image sensors;
  • Perform laboratory characterisation of devices and work as part of a team in delivering contract projects;
  • Analyse the results of the characterisations and write reports and presentations;
  • Create and maintain technical documentation relating to sensor characterisation;
  • Author and contribute to peer-review publications and internal technical notes; 
  • Attend regular project meetings, workshops and conferences. Report progress verbally and in written form. 
  • Work with the Professor of Electro‐Optics and Senior Research Fellow to contribute material and inputs as required for publications, project proposalsand funding applications;
  • Undertake professional development as an academic researcher;
  • Promote knowledge and technology exchange with Teledyne e2vand other project collaborators.

What you get in return

Benefits include a supportive and friendly working environment, 33 days holiday per annum pro rata plus Bank Holidays and Christmas closure days and an attractive pension proposition.

Opportunity to be a part of the OU’s School of Physical Sciences, which conducts internationally recognised space research.

If you have any questions regarding the Group or the role, please contact Konstantin Stefanov ([email protected])

Person Specification


  • PhD or equivalent qualification in physics, electronic engineering or a related subject;
  • Experience in operating cryogenically cooled infrared image sensors, their characterisation and experimental equipment;
  • Proficiency with data acquisition systems and data analysis software. 
  • Good problem solving and analytical skills, demonstrated rigorous approach to workand attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated ability to work both as part of a team and on own initiative;
  • Ability to plan own work, prioritise workload and to deliver results on schedule;
  • Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills;
  • Excellent work ethics.


  • Good understanding and experience in the characterisation of CMOS and CCD image sensors;
  • Experience in semiconductor device simulations using TCAD;
  • Working knowledge of electronics and optics.