Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Physicist

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CeramTec is an international Manufacturer and Supplier of Technical Ceramics. As the Ceramic Experts we offer a portfolio of well over 10,000 different Products, Components and Parts, made of a Variety of engineered ceramic Materials. They are used in a wide Range of Applications. There are more than 3,200 Employees worldwide in Europe, USA and Asia.

Advanced ceramics from CeramTec, as an international manufacturer and supplier, are used in the following: 

  • Automotive Industry
  • Electronics
  • Energy and Environmental Technology
  • Equipment
  • Mechanical
  • Medical Engineering  

Ceramtec UK designs and manufactures piezo ceramic components, sensor, transducers and dielectric ceramic products at two sites in the UK (Ruabon, Wales and Southampton, England) and with a subcontracted production facility in Latvia. Turnover is c. £23m, headcount circa. 250 employees. Most products are exported to North America and continental Europe.

Who we are and what we do

Find out more about CeramTec.

Overview & scope of role

CeramTec has a requirement for a high calibre Physicist in the multi-disciplinary R&D team of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers to support the design and development of piezo driven ultrasonic sensors and transducers. The scope of the R&D department stretches from the development of standard products all the way through to developing custom solutions to match with customer or market specific requirements.

As a physicist in the team you will regularly solve complex questions / problems relating to the physics of transducer design, construction and functionality. As well as managing your own specific projects, you will provide a high level of technical support relating to acoustic wave propagation and vibrational modes relating to resonant and non-resonant transducers and sensors. 

Essential duties & responsibilities

  • Conduct computer simulations of complex 2D and 3D transducer designs to optimise specific electromechanical / acoustic properties.
  • Provide guidance to stakeholders (R&D Team, sales and customer’s technical teams) regard-ing our capabilities and what is possible, and to lead the discussion down a path that strengths CeramTec’s position.
  • Identify, research and understand diverse new technologies for possible commercial exploitation
  • Manage projects and specific tasks as part of a multi-disciplinary product development team
  • Analyse, report & present results and findings to colleagues and external customers. 
  • Design experimental apparatus and conduct proof-of-principle experiments
  • Transducer acoustic testing (in water, air and other media) to determine beam profile, TVR/RVS/FoM, sound pressure and conversion to acoustic power, and transducer efficiency. 

People & culture

  • Analytical in approach to problem solving
  • Team player, working from own initiative 
  • Responsive and self-motivated with a desire to learn and develop
  • Effective communicator at all levels
  • Data & fact driven, not afraid of challenging existing methods

Environmental, Safety, Risk & Compliance

  • To be committed to a strong EHS culture on site.  
  • To adhere at all times to Health & Safety / Environmental Statutory and Company Rules and Regulations

Experience & background

  • A 1st class or 2:1 BSc degree in Physics or considerable experience in designing ultrasonic transducers.
  • Hands on approach to problem solving, whether through research, modelling or experimentation and sampling.
  • Excellent communication skills, both orally and written to accurately present data, conclusions, recommendations and ideas to a multi-disciplined audience.
  • High level of self-motivation to explore ideas and possibilities.

Demonstrates the CeramTec Values

  • Passion – We are passionate about our people, our customers, our products and are deter-mined to deliver results
  • Open & Positive mindset – We welcome new ideas and change
  • Integrity – We have the highest standards of honesty in everything we do
  • Accountability – We take responsibility for our actions
  • Customer Focus – We continuously innovate & improve what we do for our customers and internal partners
  • Learn & Grow – We achieve growth by learning and developing
  • Teamwork - We are respectful of others and together we achieve more

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How to Apply

Please send your CV and cover letter to v.gough@ceramtec.co.uk.