Plasma Physicist

Harwell, Oxfordshire
14 days ago
Full time role


Meta Materials Inc. (META®) is a developer of high-performance functional materials and intelligent surfaces that are scalable, sustainable, and efficient. ...

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Job Description

META is seeking a Plasma Physicist for our facility in Harwell, UK.

What You’ll Do:  


We are seeking a Plasma Physicist to support the Plasma Team in developing a novel, ultra-high throughput vacuum deposition technology with applications in batteries, optical metasurfaces and more. The Plasma Physicist will develop new equipment, processes, materials and fabrication techniques to improve the performance and reliability of our proprietary technologies.


Some of the typical responsibilities will include:  

  • Develop a novel pulsed plasma lensing system aimed at improving the performance and reliability of our proprietary vacuum deposition technique. 
  • Optimize all processes related to our plasma deposition system ensuring improvement in throughput, reliability, repeatability and traceability. 
  • Support the design and development of new vacuum deposition systems based on agreed performance targets and feedback from partners and customers. 
  • Ensure process documentation is up-to-date and readily available on the informatic system.   
  • Assist partners and collaborators in the UK, US, Canada or anywhere necessary in scaling-up the technology.   
  • Travel to partners and collaborators sites when needed and on short notice. 

Minimum qualifications:  

  • Plasma Physics related Diploma or Degree
  • 3+ years experience as a Plasma Scientist
  • Experience in designing and developing novel plasma lensing or confinement technologies
  • Experience in vacuum deposition techniques: PVD, Sputtering, PLD, etc. 
  • Ability to produce original work at a high technical level as may be demonstrated, for example, by publications in international peer reviewed scientific journals or other evidence
  • There must be evidence that the candidate has the ability to independently produce and characterise near-complete systems and experiments

Preferred qualifications:  

  • PhD in Plasma Physics from a world-leading research group 
  • 5+ years experience as a Plasma Scientist
  • Experience with high voltage / high current, pulsed systems
  • Evidence of experience in supervising junior scientists
  • Experience of collaborating with large customers and partners

Feel like you can’t tick all the boxes above? If you have some of the skills and experience that we’re looking for and are willing to use your talent to learn the rest, we encourage you to apply!  


What You’ll Love About Us:   


META is a fast-growing company with a positive and committed work culture and a phenomenally talented workforce. Our employees are inspired to do exceptional and innovative work, are proud to contribute to the success of the company and are our greatest asset.   


META attracts people from many countries and cultures, with over 37 spoken languages represented across our teams. META believes that diversity drives creativity and innovation. We welcome and encourage applications from underrepresented populations; Aboriginal peoples, racialized persons, people living with disabilities (including invisible and episodic disabilities) and members of the LGBTQ2 community.  


Our Benefits:   

  • META (MMAT) Equity  
  • Retirement Savings Matching   
  • Company provided Group Health Insurance (medical, dental, vision).   
  • Competitive paid time off policy; vacation, paid sick leave; personal days; time off between Christmas day and New Year’s day  
  • Casual dress 


About Us:  


Meta Materials Inc. “META®” (NASDAQ: MMAT) is a developer of high-performance functional materials and intelligent surfaces that are scalable, sustainable, and efficient. Through applied physics and advanced design, we are pioneering a new class of multi-functional materials — called metamaterials — which have engineered properties that Go Beyond what is found in nature. Our extensive technology platform encompasses three core capabilities, holography, lithography, and wireless sensing, and is software and AI-design driven. This allows us to develop a library of solutions and functional prototypes much faster and at lower cost than traditional chemical synthesis. 
Our technology platform enables leading global brands to deliver breakthrough products to their customers in consumer electronics, 5G communications, health and wellness, aerospace, automotive, and clean energy. Our nano-optic technology provides anti-counterfeiting security features for government documents and currencies and authentication for brands. 
META has worked with some of the world’s leading companies including Airbus, Satair, Lockheed Martin, and Sekisui. META’s Nanotech business recently renewed a frame agreement with a top-ten central bank to develop a new security feature, and has delivered its LumaChrome™ security feature for more than 30 banknote denominations. 
At META we make surfaces smarter, more sustainable, and we do more with less. Together with our partners, we go beyond what’s possible today by creating intelligent surfaces that protect, detect and connect. 
Our achievements have been widely recognized, including being named a Lux Research Innovator of the Year in 2021. Learn more at   



Meta Materials Inc. (META®) is a developer of high-performance functional materials and intelligent surfaces that are scalable, sustainable, and efficient. ...

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