Thermal Design Engineer

CSA Catapult Newport United Kingdom Advanced Packaging Hybrid
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Company Description

Within CSA Catapult we look beyond the status quo. We look to employ people based on ability and attitude; we measure what you deliver and how you do it. We encourage collaboration in everything we do as we value the diversity of thought that we each bring to every challenge.

Who are we? The next wave of emerging technologies will have an enormous impact on our lives. 5G communications will enable a host of new and exciting applications such as connected autonomous vehicles and multimedia services. Increasing demand for clean energy will require new electricity networks, while advanced sensing will open-up new opportunities for health diagnostics and security. These developments will be underpinned by Compound Semiconductor (CS) technologies.

We are a Not for Profit organisation; here to help the UK economy grow, and we work across the UK with a range of industry sectors from automotive to medical, and from digital communications to aerospace. Through employing leading minds and investing in technology, we help bridge the gap between idea and implementation by removing the barriers often faced by SMEs.

CSA Catapult is committed to supporting and upholding diversity, equality, and inclusion in everything we do. A commitment to embrace and advocate for inclusion is an essential part of all roles.


CSA Catapult requires a semiconductor Packaging Thermal design Engineer to work in a challenging R&D environment to explore and develop disruptive packaging and integration technologies to make next-generation systems more energy and packaging efficient. Key responsibilities include:

  • Participate in the design and development of thermal management solutions using various heat dissipation techniques and thermal interface materials for compound semiconductor device packaging
  • Actively research to resolve thermal management challenges through design and characterisation of novel packaging architectures involving highly technical and scientific methods
  • Study thermal management materials, apply the knowledge to develop both passive and active cooling techniques
  • Gather customer requirements and follow procedures to build simulations relevant to the project work.
  • Conduct experiments to determine material properties and relate these to project work
  • Use results from simulations and experiments to aid package design.
  • Develop thermal design, modelling/test processes and SOPs
  • Generate technical reports on results and conclusions drawn from designs/experiments conducted and incorporate findings in formal specifications
  • Coordinate equipment specification/tender/commissioning/acceptance process where applicable
  • As needed, performs support functions for project planning to achieve quality, delivery schedules, and cost objectives
  • Work closely with suppliers providing technical specifications and procuring components and test equipment to specification and budget
  • Participate in technical risk assessments


  • Ideally holds a good degree in Mechanical Engineering and/ or suitable experienced gained within a Thermal Design Engineering (or similar) role
  • Industry experience with a product design orientation
  • Strong 3D CAD skills, SolidWorks (preferred), CATIA, Siemens NX
  • Good knowledge stress and thermal simulations and management in packaging of microelectronics
  • Excellent time management and ability to manage your own workload on multiple projects
  • Expertise in FEA simulation tools (COMSOL, ANSYS)
  • Knowledge in one or more of the following technologies: Opto-electronics, Power Electronics, RF & Microwave
  • Knowledge of product design for harsh environments
  • Experience of rendering/visualisations
  • Enthusiasm, drive, commitment and ability to use your initiative
  • A desire to learn and develop
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills and be able to interface with clients and multidisciplinary engineering teams to gather and translate requirements into technical specifications
  • Strong problem-solving ability

Other information

  • Up to £49,500 salary (FTE)
  • A non-contractual bonus scheme to allow everyone to share in our success
  • Life Assurance – 4 times your annual salary
  • Scottish Widows pension scheme – you put in 5% and we’ll put in 10%
  • 28 days leave in addition to 8 bank holidays
  • 37.5 hour full time working week
  • A generous private medical insurance scheme for you and your family
  • A cashback scheme for your eye tests and dental treatment
  • Payment for a professional membership each year
  • Holiday purchase scheme
  • Flexible working – we operate core hours of 10-4. The balance of your hours can be worked around what works for you
  • Electric Vehicle and Cycle to work schemes