Sharp starts its second century this year. Our product range would have been unimaginable when the company was founded by Tokuji Hayakawa in 1912, but we expect the advances in technology to be even more dramatic in the coming years. That is something we explored when scientists in the lab were interviewed by the well-known Humans Invent team. You can hear our views on technology for the next century at http://www.humansinvent.com/
Sharp Laboratories of Europe has played a prominent role in the development of technology for Sharp products since our formation in 1990. For example, we have been the centre of expertise within the corporation for "added function displays" creating technologies such as no glasses 3D, dual view displays, sensor in display, memory in display and variable viewing angle displays.
Our role has evolved so that in 2013 we will be researching high efficiency solar cells, home energy management, personal health management and mobile learning, as well as continuing our successful innovation in displays. We have taken all our skills and experience from making laser diodes for optical storage, and applied them to LED lighting and photovoltaic cells in our pursuit of environmentally positive technologies. And we have put years of knowledge from designing TFT arrays for displays into creating a microfluidics platform that will enable health diagnosis on a chip. We have created a new team to work in energy storage by partnering with an innovative start-up company and we are moving from language research to looking at the impact of electronics in education.
To do all this we need people who are excellent in their own specialism, who will take us in new directions, but who also have a passion for creating new products and who thrive in teams with other specialists.
For the last six years we have run a very successful graduate programme. We started it because we wanted to attract more people just starting their careers in research and development. We have been delighted with the response from graduates who know they want to continue with science or engineering, but are not sure what a career in industrial research is like. We have structured a programme that allows graduates to carry out projects on several topics around the lab in their first year. As we expected, our new recruits have found this very useful. An unexpected bonus for us has been how much they have achieved on the projects and how much synergy they captured whilst moving around the lab. So, if you want to do research and development but are undecided on whether optics, semiconductor devices, electronics or systems research is more interesting, then this could be the place for you.
The feedback we get from people who start work here is that it is a friendly environment where others freely share their time and expertise. We have a structured programme of development but actually discussion in the changing rooms after a workout seems to be just as important.
Our projects for 2013 look more interesting than ever, so if the idea of working here appeals to you then please get in touch, but whatever your reason for visiting, we hope that you will take the time to read about some of our research.