Laser & Optics Research Engineer - Bristol

Ref: 1329 Date Posted: Wednesday 18 May 2022
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Location:         Bristol

Salary:             £30,000 - £48,000 + benefits (Bonus, Overtime, Pension & more)

Hours:              37 hours per week     

Are you looking for an exciting career conducting ground-breaking research into Laser & Optical systems used within the UK defence sector? If yes, then this could be for you. We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Laser & Optics research Engineer to join an expanding team that engage in developing capabilities to help protect national interests and global security. This could be just what you are looking for?

The Laser & Optics Research Engineer will be a scientist/engineer who will work in Bristol on the research and development of high energy lasers, specifically imaging through atmospheric turbulence and spatial stabilisation of high energy laser beams. The role will offer a mixture of design, lab work and field trials and you will work as part of a small team in a fast-paced environment delivering the next generation of capability to the UK armed forces.

The successful applicant will be experienced in the prototype design and laboratory testing of optical assemblies. Speed, creativity, and the ability to experiment will be key to the role, and you will conduct research on new optical and image processing techniques for laser pointing and tracking and be at the forefront of laser directed energy research.

You will become part of a diverse team of highly motivated scientists and engineers, who want to turn science fiction into reality by getting high energy lasers into service with the UK MoD as quickly as possible!

Benefits of working here:

  • State of the art technology & innovation
  • External learning and development encouraged.
  • Light and airy university type campus.
  • Friendly environment!
    • Restaurant, On site Medical Centre, Parking / Easy Access to train station, Coffee Shops & Onsite Shop, Sports & Social Club and More

Skills and qualifications required from the following:

  • Industry experience and knowledge / laboratory skills using lasers, optics, and imaging.
  • Creativity, imagination, and the ability to innovate.
  • Ideally holding a higher degree (e.g., Masters or PhD) in physical sciences or engineering subject, however practical experience is as important as qualifications.
  • Ability to automate and control test and measurement equipment for data capture (such as LabView).
  • Record of successful technical work delivered individually and/or as part of a team.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and often from a blank sheet of paper.
  • Ability to use well-known computer simulation codes to conduct optical simulations (such as MATLAB or Zemax).
  • Ability to write computer code to examine large datasets (such as MATLAB or Python)

You should be able and willing to gain (UK Eyes only) security clearance, potentially to DV level in the future.

Please note: Due to the occasional high number of applications, it can be difficult to reply to everyone. If you haven’t been contacted within 1 working week, then you haven’t been successful on this occasion. However, thank you for your interest.

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