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CSA Catapult

Established in

About us

Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult is focused on bringing compound semiconductor applications to life in three key areas: the road to Net Zero, future telecoms and intelligent sensing.

CSA Catapult is a Not for Profit organisation headquartered in South Wales. It is focused on three technology areas: Power Electronics, RF & Microwave and Photonics. As well as the three technology areas, CSA Catapult is also working in Advanced Packaging for these high-power innovations.

The next wave of emerging applications will have an enormous impact on our lives. Compound semiconductors will enable a host of new and exciting applications in the electrification of transport, clean energy, defence and security and digital communications markets.

CSA Catapult exists to help the UK compound semiconductor industry grow and collaborates across the UK and internationally.

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UK's Best Workplaces 2021
Medium (51-250 employees)
Rank 70
UK's Best Workplaces for Women 2021
Rank 38
Certified™ Companies

What employees say

It's great to be part of incredible and innovative engineering projects, I'm inspired by the people I get to work with everyday. - Samantha Clarke, Project Manager 

Since working for CSA Catapult and in the semiconductor industry, it has really broadened my horizons and opened my eyes to the different opportunities that are available. - Shannon Powell, Assistant Management Accountant 

What I enjoy the most working at the Catapult is the unique position it brings; to be at the centre of Technology and Innovation and driving solutions to solve today’s major challenges, while reducing time to market. It is also a great collaborative environment to work within, that is diverse. - Pascaline Boulanger, Manufacturing Process Engineer 

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What defines us

The Catapult occupies a unique position. We deliver access to facilities and expertise on which companies depend. We work closely with these companies to help them develop innovative new products. It is essential that we can be trusted to deliver, to retain our independence, to work for benefit of the industry as a whole and to maintain absolute confidentiality.

What makes us stand out as an employer is the flexibility we have and offer. Whether it is allowing our people to work from home whenever it its needed or the flexibility to create bespoke training programmes for an individual. Because of the size and set up of the organisation but also our open and people-based approach we are able to accommodate colleagues’ requirements with ease whilst from a business point of view it allows us to be agile and respond to outside impacts in an innovative yet supportive way.


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What inspires us

Our company values of collaboration, innovation and trust are key in inspiring our people. We do a number of things to promote this and make the Catapult a more enjoyable place to work. Examples would be our regular Innovation Forums where one of the team presents to the rest of the Catapult on a subject such as their role, a new technology or a new initiative. The idea being that we all get to learn something new or get to know a member of the team better in a relatively informal environment where curiosity and questions are welcomed.

We are also a sociable team that enjoy getting together and even during lockdown times we have still continued with online social activities such as company quizzes, HIIT workouts and yoga sessions. 


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Word from the top

I am delighted that we have won this important accolade as a reflection of our employees’ feedback. The way that the Catapult team works together helps to drive an innovative culture. Practically speaking, I think a positive culture is driven by recognising success, sharing challenges openly and constantly and making sure our values and behaviours are reflected in the work that we do.

“Working at the Catapult has made me reflect on what I do and how I work. Every day the team are finding innovative solutions and working on incredible pieces of technology that will have a positive effect on individuals’ lives. They’re pushing the boundaries of what is possible and when you work with people who have these qualities, it makes you work more innovatively too.

Clare Gunning
HR Director
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Career and jobs

Application tips

Do you relish the challenge being part of a growing business, a team, an industry, and seeing the energy you help generate? Are you at your best when contributing to a range of projects and collaborating across teams to solve the problems of the future?

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.



Our great workplace

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. Diversity and inclusion is especially important to us. 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.


Catherine Lundie
HR Business Partner


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