Laser Development Engineer


Ref: 1409Monday 18 September 2023

salary £40,000 to £50,000 DOE plus extensive benefits

Enigma People Solutions is recruiting a Laser Development Engineer for a global leader in the manufacture of laser products based in Glasgow, Scotland (relocation assistance available).

Join a friendly professional company with an outstanding work environment and great staff facilities including an excellent on-site cafeteria within a modern building. Enjoy a great work-life balance with flexible core hours which provide the opportunity to start your weekend early. Receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes contributory pension scheme, subsidised private health care and free life assurance.

Our client develops laser systems that help people and are used in a wide variety of markets including renewable energy, microelectronics, fundamental research, life sciences and medicine. Consistent strong growth over the past ten years, even through times of global economic slowdown has lead to a healthy product development pipeline which is enabling existing and future growth generating exciting opportunities for personal and career growth in the years to come.

This role is for a highly collaborative and detail-oriented laser development engineer to become part of the R&D team and to be  responsible for the design of cutting-edge laser systems.

You will have responsibility for achievement of both personal and team-based goals delivering project focused outputs.  You will be able to adapt quickly to changing requirements and understand critical needs and prioritise tasks and workload. You will have access to a local and worldwide talent pool with expertise in fundamentals like optical fibre design or laser crystal growth and to world class manufacturing expertise and cross site collaborations are encouraged. You will work within a team where guidance and training will be provided. You will typically work through product development and get exposed to the entire product lifecycle from feasibility experiments through to production transfer and in this journey, you will interact with colleagues across the full business.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting technical feasibility studies in the design ultrashort pulse fibre lasers and their use in laser systems.
  • Building, assessing, and qualifying prototypes based on these feasibility studies.
  • Troubleshooting laser performance issues.
  • Providing detailed and technically thorough reports/presentations to the engineering team.
  • Providing technical support to the laser manufacturing teams.
  • Working within a multi-disciplined engineering team to design laser systems.
  • Collaborating with local and international experts
  • Defining specifications and sourcing of laser parts and components

Education and Experience:

Essential Skills

  • PhD or equivalent in a solid state or fibre laser-based area or demonstrable experience of working in a laser manufacturing or development environment. 
  • Willingness to take responsibility for improvement actions
  • Initiative to seek innovative solutions to problems
  • Excellent communication and people skills with ability to work closely and collaboratively with colleagues
  • Some understanding of the principles of optics and lasers
  • Demonstrable practical ability in the creation of breadboard laser systems or of assembling and optimising laser systems in a manufacturing environment. 
  • Experienced in the use of test equipment, both optical (power meters, spectrometers, auto-correlators, etc.) and electrical (oscilloscopes, signal generators, spectrum analysers, etc.). 
  • Experienced in the use of optical modelling software packages (for example Zemax) and/or the development of optical models via custom code. 
  • General understanding of electronics and control systems. 
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks and manage priorities. 
  • Ability to work from general instructions for new assignments either in isolation or as part of a wider team. 
  • Occasional travel will be required. 

Preferred Additional Skills

  • A knowledge of ultrashort laser pulses, mode-locking techniques, optical nonlinearities, and dispersion is desirable  
  • Ability to program in Python for data analysis and for modelling systems
  • A knowledge of control systems and a familiarity with circuit diagrams to debug complex system issues
  • Experience of leadership through an R+D project
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