Vector Photonics is currently recruiting for the positions listed. However, we are always keen to hear from candidates with the talent and drive to help us reach our business goals.

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About Vector Photonics

Vector Photonics designs and develops surface emitting, semiconductor lasers, including PCSELs (Photonic Crystal Surface-Emitting Lasers) – the most significant innovation in laser design and manufacture for 30 years. The company is a spin-out from the University of Glasgow; one of the UK and world’s optical and photonics centres of excellence. We have received a £4.1m equity investment, alongside government funding of £5.7m, taking its total seed funding for commercialising the technology to over £9.8m.

Surface emitting lasers beam light from their top surface. This makes them easy to package and incorporate into PCBs and electronic assemblies, for the many domestic and industrial applications they benefit. They can be made using established, semiconductor foundries and existing supply chains. In addition to this, PCSELs are low cost, robust, have a broad wavelength range and high power – a unique combination of key characteristics which give them a huge advantage over all incumbent, semiconductor, laser technologies.

Vector Photonics has a highly experienced staff team, both technically and commercially, including expertise in business startups and scaling. We have an extensive IP portfolio, with worldwide, patent protection.

Principal Engineer – Semiconductor Processing

Location: Glasgow
Salary: £ Market dependant on experience
Start Date: ASAP
Duration: Permanent Contract


Job Role

As a principal process engineer you will work alongside and in conjunction with the Chief Product Officer to develop production ready semiconductor processes.

  • Be able to develop outside processes and control plans for the fabrication of these devices.
  • Be able to provide leadership in developing outsource foundry processes for manufacture of the devices.
  • Able to provide key understanding to the team on the right equipment set for process control, manufacturing methods and toolset for enabling product to be developed.
  • Specify and manage the process transition to supply chain in prototype and alpha supply chains.
  • Develop and manage critical process pathways to allow transition from development to production.
  • Experienced in project management and leading a team of people developing new processes and implementing into a product.
  • Initiate and create development projects for consideration by the senior management team in line with the technology and product roadmap.
  • Identify opportunities for improvement, win the backing of management including assigned budget (time & resource) and execute on time and in budget.
  • Able to develop process flows, CAD masks, technical documentation, SPC and control plans for internal and external processes. Develop, from concept through qualification, new and improved processes to support new products, platform, customer and internal projects.
  • Able to perform design of experiments to define key variables in the process and control parameters to ensure process capable of being transitioned/developed in a semiconductor foundry.
  • Provide design rules for semiconductor processing and able to define these processes to enable high yield and repeatable semiconductor processes and procedures.
  • Provide technical leadership in the team on process engineering of III-V semiconductor or silicon photonics wafer processing.
  • Contribute to the acquisition, set up, maintenance and integration of experimental apparatus or computational kit, and in setting up theoretical models and analysis strategies.
  • Write and develop process documentation and control ensuring engineering documentation and procedures conform with company and customer requirements.
  • Define processes, control plans, complete design of experiments, perform failure analysis and develop programs that enable both internal and external processes to be implemented.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and lead highly effective team/group meetings.
  • Provide challenging input to the continued development of the product and technology roadmaps.
  • Excellent data analysis and problem-solving skills and be able to choose and implement appropriate testing methods of processes.
  • Lead the planning and scheduling of process procedures in accordance with agreed development timelines. Including setting key mile stones and success criteria.
  • Work as part of Engineering team to ensure on-time and on-cost delivery of high-quality products. Manage and supervise other cleanroom users through process control and development. Provide leadership in technical team in relation to specified area of expertise through mentoring and coaching.
  • Excellent communication skills, the ability to mentor others, provide guidance on best practices and help develop a highly effective and skilled process engineering team to work with outside foundries and University fabrication tools.
  • Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as required in a start-up environment.

These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks which the staff member may be reasonably expected to perform.

Personal Attributes / Competencies

  • You will be a highly motivated and self-starting individual, with very effective written and spoken communication skills, confident in making presentations to others. You will have a flexible, adaptable approach and a strong ability to work with others.
  • You will be an exceptional team player, able to work independently but also display strong leadership skills; resourceful in ensuring delivery against agreed deadlines for a wide range of activities. You will have strong planning skills, and the ability to manage your time and prioritise effectively. You’ll also be driven to develop yourself and others.


  • 10 to 20 years in Industry developing III-V Semiconductor Process either in Silicon Photonics or III-V semiconductor devices.
  • Honours degree in a STEM subject or a cognate discipline, or equivalent.
  • Expert in semiconductor processing including III-V etch, Dielectric Deposition, Process etch/deposition chemistry, materials analysis, measurement techniques and production equipment set up. Able to develop control plans and procedures, establish new tool set specifications and have high level of understanding of materials processing.
  • Relevant understanding of process characterization tools, SPC, SPM, CAD/Mask design and analytical techniques for process analysis.
  • Able to develop process flow of new designs with an understanding of design for manufacturing including tolerances.
  • Experience in Design of Experiments, Failure Analysis, 8-D and Lean manufacturing techniques. Six Sigma, Kaizen or other lean manufacturing procedures.
  • Able to implement new processes, develop procedures, set up manufacturing workflows, define specification for process control in both internal and external contract manufacturing environments.
  • Be a subject matter expert in semiconductor process engineering and provide input to enable understanding of key processes options for III-V semiconductor process development and manufacturing.
  • Experience with SAP or PROMIS MES systems for production control an advantage.
  • Identify and utilise latest analytical tools and techniques to deliver robust processes and products that underpin the roadmap.
  • Self-motivated individual. A team player with initiative to solve problems and define or contribute to continuous improvement in the company. Able to work within teams and as an individual contributor. Able to set standards of work excellence within the company.
  • Understanding of Quality Systems, supplier management, contract management and equipment manufacturers in the Semiconductor Industry.
  • Familiar with Industry practices, industry standards and reliability and qualification criteria for III-V devices or silicon photonics devices. (E.g. GR-468, SEMI, JEDEC, IEC and ANSI standards).

Why Vector Photonics?

  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Group Life Assurance
  • CPD opportunities
  • Free on-site parking
  • Attendance at Company events
  • Discounted Gym Membership
  • Free hot drinks

To apply, please send CV and covering letter to

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