Lead Optical Design Engineer

Lead Optical Design Engineer

Job Title: Lead Optical Design Engineer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Harwell
Salary: Competitive Salary Offered
Start Date: 2018-10-08
Reference: J140176
Contact Name: Eugene McIntyre
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 09, 2018 08:35

Job Description

Are you a Lead Optical Design Engineer and looking for a new role? Are you a passionate Engineer that would like to be responsible for end-to-end design of optical subsystems as well as simulation development of optical systems from concept all the way through to manufacture.

Specific job responsibilities include but not limited to:
• Integration and demonstration for a laser communication terminal.
• Ownership of design documentation for optical subsystems.
• Aiding in requirements and architecture definition including trade analysis.
• Working with AIT engineer to define and implement assembly and integration procedures for optical subsystems
• Working with AIT engineer to define and implement test procedures for optical subsystems.

Required skills/experience:
• Experience designing and developing optical systems within the space industry, using Zemax with system optimisation (Sequential, non-sequential desirable).
• Experience with optical calibration and alignment, and procedure definition. Opto-mechanical design and analysis for mass constrained systems. Integration of optical systems into products, payloads. Validation and verification of optical systems including testing.
• Understanding of key performance characteristics of laser, receiver for optical communication. Experience with requirements definition and trade-off analysis for optical systems.
• Familiarity/awareness of laser safety, regulations and clean room maintenance.
• Educated to degree level (or equivalent) in applied optics or Physics (optics) and 3+ years related work experience.
• Positive attitude and, self-driven and interested in working in a start-up environment. Independent, quick learner, can structure and show initiatives to thoroughly evaluate and solve problems from different angles.

Desirable additional skills/experience:
• Hands on lab experience working with IR lasers.
• Experience designing for manufacture.
• Strong focus on delivery.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

What they can offer in return:
• They work around delivery-focused, agile sprints, with a sustainable work-life balance.
• You will be making impact early and regularly - build your skills, while drive the technology forward and change the world.
• Bonus and equity for excellent impact
• Options for flexible working hours, (some) working from home
• Travel and training bursaries, as needed
• Gym discounts, cinema half price forever, free phone insurance, shopping and supermarket discounts plus many many more!
• The buzzing Harwell Space Campus (the UK future answer to Silicon Valley) with regular events on site (networking, workshops)

Please get in contact!