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Kore Technology Ltd
We are a small, well-established UK company based in Ely, just north of Cambridge. We design and build vacuum-physics based instrumentation, primarily based on mass spectrometers, and particularly time-of-flight spectrometers. Our customers are mostly involved in research and environmental analysis, in Europe, Asia and elsewhere in the world.
We work at the cutting edge of analytical chemistry, facilitating groundbreaking research in a wide variety of research areas such as atmospheric chemistry, medical breath analysis, manufacturing quality control, materials science and high energy physics. Our projects have included counting single atoms, creating chemical images of sample surfaces, helping analyse the solar wind, and looking for liver disease markers in human breath, to name but a few (see www.kore.co.uk).
We have been very busy in recent times, especially in Asia. This has prompted a much larger Chinese instrumentation company to make a major investment in Kore, which means we now expect an exciting period of relatively rapid expansion. We are now looking for an experienced electronic engineer and a commissioning/installation engineer/physicist to join our team on a permanent basis.
Kore offers an exciting and interesting place to work. We offer a small company atmosphere where anyone can make a real difference and have an opportunity to extend themselves into new areas, both technical and in terms of their role within the company. Our clients are generally diverse, interesting and intelligent people with worthwhile problems to address.
- Commissioning mass spectrometer systems as they reach final assembly, using knowledge of the design and the principles on which they are supposed to operate in order to achieve the target performance. With complex novel systems, this will typically require troubleshooting from first principles, as such systems do not usually achieve their full performance at the first attempt.
- Commissioning will often be followed by the need to set-up and recreate the performance on-site in our clients' laboratories in order to achieve project sign-off. Kore clients are based all around the world, so this will inevitably involve some international travel.
- Provide technical support to clients post-installation.
- Become an expert user, able to get the best possible performance.
- Take part in instrument development, designing and testing new ideas
- Produce documentation, technical manuals, user manuals and test-sheets, for internal and external use.
- Train others in the same activities, either new people at Kore, or clients.
- You will have an honours degree in physics, engineering, or similar discipline with an electronics component.
- You have the ability and desire to apply theoretical knowledge to real situations.
- You will have to to assimilate new technical information quickly and independently. There will be guidance available from senior technical staff, but you should be capable of teaching yourself from informal sources such as the web or technical manuals.
- We expect you to be, or to become, capable of debugging simple analogue/digital circuits at the component level
- You should be prepared to travel internationally. Typical trips are a few days, but maybe as much as two weeks for complex installations. Estimate 4 to 10 trips per year, within the UK and overseas.
- You must have fluent spoken English, including familiarity with English technical language.
- You should be familiar with use of computers for word processing, spreadsheets etc and simple debugging e.g. update of device drivers.
- Being on-site will require a certain degree of self-reliance and calmness under pressure, plus the ability to deal with clients thoughtfully.
- Experience working on hardware operating under high vacuum.
- Experience writing any software, even if only simple batch files or macros
- Some basic chemistry
- Good enough written English that your text does not require significant editing before release.
Appropriate to qualifications and experience.
Design of electronics to power Kore's range of mass spectrometers and to provide general electronics support to colleagues. This involves a mixture of analogue and digital circuits. Analogue circuits include manipulation of high stability, high voltages, typically to 5kV dc and high speed circuits e.g. 350V extraction pulse edge in 10ns. Digital circuits include simple timing, small microcontrollers, ADC DAC monitor control. Some designs are made in very small numbers for bespoke instruments and therefore require ingenuity to bend standard hardware to our special purposes at minimum development cost. Many requirements are a little out of the ordinary, for example a very high bandwidth pre-amplifier where the user can easily change ICs after blowing them up.
In developing such hardware you may be called upon to do your own prototyping, consider both one-off and batch production issues, and you should be able to prepare documentation for internal and external purposes: test procedures, circuit descriptions for debug, manuals etc
In a small company, in exciting times, you may be called upon to do anything else within your powers, as required. For example write firmware for microcontrollers, get involved in commissioning of instruments, possibly do installation of electrical upgrades on-site.
- A good first degree with an emphasis on electronics, plus some experience in previous jobs or at least in some serious hobby to demonstrate knowledge applied in the real world. Alternatively, enough experience to make educational details less important.
- A good enough grasp of the fundamental principles to be able to invent designs where there is no design guide and you have never done anything like it before.
- The ability and enthusiasm to learn skills in new areas of electronics, as required.
- Some experience of writing microcontroller code, or some other low level software.
- A desire to work in a small company culture, where you may be called upon to take an interest in subjects outside your normal area and lend a hand as the need arises.
- Be prepared to be flexible and adaptable to the systems and practises already in place at Kore.
- Some knowledge of physics and chemistry, say at A-level
- Previous experience of prototyping and small batch production
- Previous experience with mechanical CAD for drawing enclosures
- Any experience of vacuum physics based instrumentation.
Appropriate to qualifications and experience.
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