• Placement Reference #: EQU/2020/015
  • Careerwise Placement
  • Wick

Website KP Technology

KP Technology, based in Wick, develops instruments for materials analysis, we manufacture bespoke instruments for leading research institutes worldwide and we conduct materials research with in-house techniques, including Kelvin probes, air photoemission, optical probes and AFM. We also conduct research into forensic science using scanning kelvin probes in fingerprint recovery.

We are seeking a 3-month undergraduate Research Assistant to help develop and integrate new measurement technologies and to conduct materials research on samples provided by our research partners at Cambridge University, St Andrews University and Swansea University. The successful applicant candidate will work as part of a collaborating research team but will have individual projects. A research report is a required output.  This is a challenging placement and the successful student will be required to work hard to deliver the placement objectives. 

Job Title:  UnderGraduate Research Assistant

Location:  Wick

Placement Ref: EQU/2020/015


Role Description

Specific tasks of the placement will include:

  • To develop a project plan from the required research
  • Undertake training in appropriate measurement technologies.
  • To analyse test samples, and produce verbal and written reports
  • To assist in the research and development of the firms products.
  • To compose a final report.

For informal enquiries regarding this position please contact Professor Iain Baikie 01955 602777.

Company benefits

The successful candidate will have the impetus of a personal research project and will learn how to report their findings to a highly motivated research team.

Upon successful completion of the project the undergraduate placement may result in permanent employment, should the candidate meet KP Technology’s needs.



  • A degree in an area pertinent to the subject area, i.e., Computing, Physics, Chemistry or Engineering.
  • Background knowledge of scientific principles
  • Knowledge in one or more of the following areas: optics, physics, materials, computing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Team player and able to organise your own work with minimal supervision and prioritise work to meet deadlines
  • IT literate
  • Proactive and willingness to learn.
  • Willingness to commit to the 3-month project.


Final year BSc or MSc, preferably related to Physics, Computing, Chemistry, Engineering. For some projects knowledge of Solid-state Physics and Semicondcutor Physics would be helpful. Experience of programming would be helpful.

Company Information

KP Technology was founded in 2000 with the aim of bringing to the market new surface research tools. Since then, the company has experienced rapid growth and now services over 500 companies and research institutes worldwide. KP Technology was award the 2018 Queens Award for Innovation.

How to Apply

Students should complete the online application form via the Equate Scotland website  (https://equatescotland.org.uk/projects/careerwise/careerwise-application-form/) and attach a cover letter and a CV as separate documents, in PDF version and hit submit.

Please also make sure you note the placement reference number that you are applying for (highlighted above) as you will need this to complete the application form.

The closing date is 14th January 2020.