Amy Qu: Test Engineer at Scienta Omicron

June 18th, 2021

Amy Qu recently joined Scienta Omicron as a Test Engineer in Taunusstein, Germany. As a PhD student at the University of British Columbia, Amy has been long time user of Scienta Omicron instrument. She was particularly fortunate to have been involved in the installation and testing process when Prof. Sarah Burke´s group commissioned a combined TESLA JT SPM/ARPES system from Scienta Omicron in 2019.

In July 2021, I will be defending my PhD in Physics from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. There, I was co-supervised by Prof. Andrea Damascelli, an expert in angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), and Prof. Sarah Burke, an expert in scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), using both techniques to study the electronic properties of graphene modified by the addition of various atoms.

In 2019, Prof. Burke’s group commissioned a new combined Tesla JT SPM/ARPES system from Scienta Omicron, and I was fortunate to have been involved in the installation and testing process. During this time, I was able to learn a great deal from the Scienta Omicron team and became interested in the work done by the company.

I started at Scienta Omicron in Taunusstein, Germany, in May 2021 as a Test Engineer. My job is to ensure that the instruments we build perform as intended before going to the customers. As someone who has always enjoyed problem-solving and figuring out how things work, this position encompasses my favourite parts of working in the lab. I am looking forward to learning more about – and contributing to – the exciting work done at Scienta Omicron.