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Product Engineer - VCSEL
Cardiff, U.K.

IQE is a leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor material offering the widest product range of any independent wafer supplier in the world. We operate 11 manufacturing facilities; five in the USA, four in UK; one in Taiwan and one in Singapore. The Group also has 11 sales offices located in major economic centres worldwide.

The Role

You will be responsible for ensuring that IQE’s VCSEL epi-wafers meet or exceed customer requirements.  You will be a member of a VCSEL Product Group that is reasonable for ensuring customer satisfaction while ensuring that the IQE manufacturing sites have all the information required to cost effectively produce world-class material.  A key aspect of this role will be to analyse and correlate customer and manufacturing data and provide insight for improvement and troubleshooting activities. You will be expected to be proactive attempting to head off possible issues gleaned from subtle insights in data review.

Key responsibilities

In this role you will:

  • Analyse product and manufacturing data, seeking “hidden” correlations.
  • Support VCSEL product managers as a technical resource / expert.
  • Support customers to improve designs and understand manufacturing constraints of requests.
  • Work closely with data analysts to prescribe standard analysis routines to be performed on vast amount of customer and process data.
  • Technical expert focused on ensuring that IQE’s VCSEL technology is best in class.
  • Adhere to all internal safety, HR, environmental and quality guidelines & procedures.

Hours of work: Monday – Friday; 8.30am - 5.00pm.

Education background:MS or Ph.D. in Science or Engineering

Essential skills:                     

  • Firm understanding of VCSEL device physics
  • Firm understanding epi technology and how it impacts device performance
  • Knowledge of semiconductor physics.
  • Communication skills both internal and external

Previous Experience:Direct VCSEL device and/or epi growth experience. 

If you are interested in joining the IQE team please send your CV with a covering letter to:-Human Resources Department, IQE, Pascal Close, St Mellons, Cardiff, CF3 0LW or email personnel@iqep.com


Polishing Technician
Wafer Technology, Milton Keynes

Wafer Technology is a division of IQE. IQE plc a leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor offering the widest product range of any independent wafer supplier in the world. We operate 11 manufacturing facilities; two in Cardiff, one in Milton Keynes and one in Bath in the UK; five in the USA; one in Taiwan and one in Singapore. The Group also has 11 sales offices located in major economic centres worldwide.

The Role

The role involves the Polishing of wafers as part of the production activity, which will involve shift work on a 24-5 rotating shift pattern.

Key responsibilities:

  • To polish III-V semiconductor single crystal slices into finished wafers on a rotating shift basis.
  • To work in the prescribed clean room garb.
  • To undergo cross training on other processes as and when required.
  • To maintain product quality by processing materials according to instructions.
  • The recording of critical process control data.
  • To assist in the delivery of continuous improvement initiatives.
  • To maintain the production data and complete all required paperwork.
  • To mount and prepare single crystal slices in readiness for processing.
  • To prepare and start up the polishing processes in which the individual is competent.
  • To monitor and maintain the  processes in the polishing department
  • To complete/shutdown the  processes in the polishing department
  • To handover the process from one shift to the next
  • To maintain the operational standard in accordance with the defined schedule, i.e. clean and prepare items of plant and equipment.
  • Separate & dispose of by-products and waste as appropriate
  • Prepare work areas for maintenance
  • Adhering to all internal health, safety, HR, environmental and quality guidelines & procedures.
  • To be flexible and undertake other designated duties at the direction of the line manager.

Hours of work:    

Monday-Friday; 3 week shift rota earlies, lates and nights         

Education Background:      

Good level of education in English and Mathematics

Previous Experience:

  • Experience of working in a cleanroom environment is required.
  • Experience of handling chemical
  • Awareness of COSHH regulations and the adherence to procedures and risk assessments.
  • Familiarity with process control and Statistical Process Control would be an advantage.

Salary and Benefits: £16k-£18k plus shift allowance and a comprehensive benefits package.

If you are interested in joining the IQE team please send your CV with a covering letter to:-Human Resources Department, IQE, Pascal Close, St Mellons, Cardiff, CF3 0LW or email personnel@iqep.com


GaN Engineer
IQE Europe, Cardiff, UK

IQE is a leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor material offering the widest product range of any independent wafer supplier in the world. We operate 11 manufacturing facilities; two in Cardiff, one in Milton Keynes and one in Bath in the UK; five in the USA; one in Taiwan and one in Singapore. The Group also has 11 sales offices located in major economic centres worldwide.

The Role

You will be part of the team for the development of GaN processes to fulfil both customer and internal requirements, with the goal to transfer the processes to production. The role includes

  • the analysis and presentation of epitaxial growth and characterisation data, within agreed time lines and technical objectives, to project sponsors, partners and customers
  • documentation of procedures for both the epitaxy and engineering processes to enable GaN epitaxy to be delivered in production
  • overseeing the delivery of the GaN epitaxial structures
  • overseeing the transfer of the GaN epitaxial structures between platforms either internally or from partner organisations

The role provides for the opportunity to undertake period(s) of secondment with a partner organisation in Europe involved in both epitaxy and device processing. The objective of such secondment will be to maximise the interaction and knowledge transfer from the partner organisation in terms of both the epitaxy and resulting device performance.

Key responsibilities:

  • Evidence-based development of GaN MOVPE growth process, focussed on fit for production performance.
  • Presenting the results from epitaxy development to both IQE engineers and customers. Associated reports will be in the form of word-based documents, power point slides and data files.
  • Extracting from customers / partner organisations all the necessary information for IQE to be able to deliver the required state of art epitaxial structures.
  • Developing and documenting procedures for the operation of complex MOVPE reactors and characterisation tools
  • Innovation / IP generation
  • interface to Equipment, Operations, Supply management and Quality teams within IQE Europe
  • Maintain an awareness of world-wide developments in GaN
  • Adhering to all internal safety, HR, environmental and quality guidelines & procedures

Hours of work: Monday – Friday; 8.30am - 5.00pm.

Education background: Degree in Physics or Engineering

Essential skills: Analytical mind, attention to detail, willingness to challenge oneself, data management and manipulation.

Previous Experience:

  • Previous experience in epitaxy (MOVPE) and/or fabrication and characterisation of GaN HFETs would be an advantage.
  • Data management and statistical analysis techniques.
  • Good understanding of material characterization techniques including AFM, Hall, Mercury Probe, X-ray as well as device fabrications processes.

If you are interested in joining the IQE team please send your CV with a covering letter to:-Human Resources Department, IQE, Pascal Close, St Mellons, Cardiff, CF3 0LW or email personnel@iqep.com.

Closing date Friday 31st March 2017.


Customer Service Engineers
IQE Europe, Cardiff, UK

The Role

The Customer Service Engineer will use their technical knowledge and sales skills to prepare quotes for our worldwide Customer base. They will proactively assist IQE to reach its sales targets. They will work closely with Sales and Operational teams to determine IQE’s technical and commercial ability to meet the bespoke needs of each Customer

They will directly engage with the Customer, when necessary, to discuss and negotiate on both technical and commercial terms before creating the controlled technical specification and the quote. They will co-ordinate release to the Customer along with all supporting information necessary to present IQE’s offer.

At the point of order they will have provided the necessary information to ensure fulfilment in line with Customer expectation and the requirements for export and trade compliance. They will regularly review progress with the planning and engineering teams and update the Customer or Sales Managers as required.

Key responsibilities:

  • To receive and process quote requests from IQE’s Customers 
  • To liaise with IQE Technical Point of Contact (TPOC)  to ensure technical risk assessments are completed for all new parts
  • To create the controlled specification in IQE database including epi-layer design, targets and tolerances
  • Entry into IQE database of information captured during commercial and technical review to provide instruction to all relevant stakeholders
  • Preparation of IQE quote with all supporting documents including terms and condition of sale
  • To participate, as required, in discussion and negotiation with customers before and after order receipt.
  • Assisting with the preparation and submission of export licence applications
  • To liaise with IQE planning to ensure timely processing of POs and release of internal production orders
  • To participate as required in customer visits and conference call activity
  • Continuously assess best practise processes to develop and optimise efficiency of the department
  • To ensure activities are conducted in compliance with legislative requirements, such as Export and HMRC
  • Adhering to all internal safety, HR, environmental and quality guidelines & procedure

Hours of work: Monday – Friday; 8.30am - 5.00pm.

Education background: Graduate or equivalent in an engineering or physics discipline

Essential skills

  • Ability to read and interpret technical specifications.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Excellent communicator.
  • Able to plan and prioritise workload.
  • Able to work accurately and precisely to clear instructions.
  • Good team working skills                                                                          

Previous Experience

  • Experience in semiconductor growth within a manufacturing environment would be an advantage.
  • Experience in technical sales or customer service.
  • Computer Literate                                                                     

If you are interested in joining the IQE team please send your CV with a covering letter to:-Human Resources Department, IQE, Pascal Close, St Mellons, Cardiff, CF3 0LW or email personnel@iqep.com           


Equipment Engineer
Cardiff, U.K.

IQE is a leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor material offering the widest product range of any independent wafer supplier in the world. We operate 11 manufacturing facilities; two in Cardiff, one in Milton Keynes and one in Bath in the UK; five in the USA; one in Taiwan and one in Singapore. The Group also has 11 sales offices located in major economic centres worldwide. 

The Role

To provide Equipment Engineering support to production by managing the various systems in terms of, breakdown, maintenance, planned preventative maintenance, record keeping and performance. To enact timely fault finding repairs to manufacturing systems and ensure continuous improvement by identifying and implementing lasting solutions to production problems.

Key functions of the role are as follows

  • The day-to-day maintenance of manufacturing systems and ancillary plant support systems.
  • Maximising the uptime of all equipment necessary for production.
  • Continual Improvement of reliability and performance of systems and equipment.
  • Proactive involvement in the support of MOVPE process improvement and problem solving programmes.
  • To pursue personal objectives decided at appraisal and progress improvement projects in line with company objectives.
  • Adhering to all internal safety, HR, environmental and quality guidelines & procedures.
  • To provide site wide engineering and maintenance support to be carried out on manufacturing systems.
  • To provide medium and long term planned preventative maintenance function and record keeping.
  • To act as the Competent Person in all activities carried out in the area for which you are responsible
  • To monitor equipment performance and identify problems, establish and implement lasting solutions to those problems.
  • To liaise with the line manager on a regular basis to determine current priorities

Hours /Shifts;                                    
Alternating shift pattern of 4 on / 4 off
2 shifts 6.00 am > 6.15 pm                                                                
2 shifts 6.00 pm > 06.15 am
4 shifts off

Education background; HNC/HND or higher in an engineering discipline

Previous Experience; Experience of semiconductor maintenance is preferred but not essential. Competence with general engineering principles, practise and theory should be key attributes.

Essential skills;  

  • Ability to work with and lead a team by example
  • Mechanical/Electrical/Electronic aptitude and experience
  • Excellent problem solving and fault finding skills                                       

Interpersonal skills; A quality focussed, self starter with the desire to drive continuous improvement through the organisation and challenge the status quo.

Human Resources Department, IQE, Pascal Close, St Mellons, Cardiff, CF3 0LW or email personnel@iqep.com


Group IT Analyst-Developer
IQE Europe, Cardiff, UK

IQE is a leading global supplier of advanced semiconductor material offering the widest product range of any independent wafer supplier in the world. We operate 11 manufacturing facilities; two in Cardiff, one in Milton Keynes and one in Bath in the UK; five in the USA; one in Taiwan and one in Singapore. The Group also has 11 sales offices located in major economic centres worldwide.

The Role

IQE seeks to engage a dynamic and strong vb.net developer for an exciting and varied role in a unique organisation. Developing and implementing professional bespoke systems, for several sites spanning three continents. The role requires working through the full system development lifecycle, which provides the variety and allows the employee to see a project through from inception to completion. International travel is highly likely.

The Person

This role presents a unique opportunity for a dynamic and creative person, who can think outside the box, has very logical thought processes and can troubleshoot effectively. The person should have an appreciation of the sciences and be very motivated and enthusiastic. For developing to precise requirements, the successful candidate must also possess excellent communication skills and be able to articulate information, simply and effectively. Finally, if you are enthused by cutting edge technology and have a keen interest in science, this role is for you.

Key Functions to the role

  • Gather user & business requirements and document the specification
  • Analyse and improve business processes
  • Analyse, design and develop effective systems to support required business processes
  • Support existing software systems
  • Configure, link and customise external software as required
  • Create advanced data reports
  • Maintain software project documentation and source code repositories

Technical Experience

  • Advanced proficiency with object oriented programming is essential
  • .Net 3.5/4 ( Windows/Web)/VB.net/Visual Studio
  • SQL 2005/2008
  • SSIS/SSRS
  • Transact – SQL STORED PROCEDURES
  • Office 2003/207/2010 VBA – Access/Excel
  • Microsoft Database maintenance & design – Analysis /Design/Architecture
  • Experience in designing integrated solutions in a distributed environment
  • End user ODBC methodology
  • Current Microsoft Operating Systems and TCP/IP Networking

Hours /Shifts;                                            

  • Standard office hours with high flexibility is required
  • Occasional 24 hour call out
  • Occasional national and International travel

Previous Experience;           

Previous experience of Microsoft NAV or other ERP system along with experience in a manufacturing environment would be an advantage.                                                          

Interpersonal skills;                                

Ability to work closely and communicate with all levels of management, engineering and technical staff.

If you are interested in joining the IQE team please send your CV with a covering letter to:-Human Resources Department, IQE, Pascal Close, St Mellons, Cardiff, CF3 0LW or email personnel@iqep.com


Due to continued growth we are expanding our team and are looking to recruit Shift Equipment Technicians positions at our Cardiff facility.
Visit www.compoundsemiconductorcentre.com/careers to find out more.