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Optical Systems Engineer

Job Category:Engineering
Level:Senior
Location(s):Torquay (UK)
Reference:TQY12822
Closing Date:October 31, 2023
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Optical Systems Engineer

G&H Torquay, Optics and Fibre Optics

Competitive Salary on offer DOE

Do you have industrial experience the Optics / Photonics industry?

Are you looking for a challenging role where you will have a major input to world leading, innovative products that are marketed worldwide?

Would you like to work on a brand new global project at a state of the art manufacturing facility?

This could be the role for you!

We are looking for a Optical Systems Engineer with a diverse skill set to join our Optics and Fibre Optic R&D team in the Fibre-Optic Manufacturing centre based in Torquay. As part of a global R&D team, you will be leading the development of a range of products focused on fibre optic amplifier sub-systems for free space optical communications, aerospace and remote sensing applications. The job will involve a range of tasks related to the design, prototype assembly and test of fibre-optic and photonics based components and sub-systems, typically covering TRL4 to TRL7.

This position requires the individual to have a well-rounded background with a broad knowledge base in fibre-optics, photonics and related technologies. Although you will be working as part of a team, you should be capable of working under your own steam – a self-starter, able to progress & lead on projects and trouble-shoot problems. The role offers a wide variety of activity, from technical involvement in initial product concepts, hardware development, customer interaction and leadership responsibilities.

Main responsibilities:

  • Provide technical leadership in the design and development of high power fibre-optic amplifier subsystems and their components
  • Ensure projects and programmes meet deadlines, milestones and are within budget
  • Work within a multidisciplinary team that includes optical, mechanical and electronic design engineers
  • Active involvement and management of prototype build & assembly – including fibre-optic splicing, mechanical / electrical assembly and opto-electronic test
  • Develop and execute on test plans for functional and environmental verification of photonic components and systems, verify compliance to target specifications
  • Customer interaction – Engage with customers, negotiate specifications and present results clearly and concisely for both internal and external customers
  • Develop strong working links with technical and business experts across G&H
  • Deliver technical reviews and produce management reports resulting from technical activities

Ideal candidates will have the following:

  • 3+ years relevant experience within the optics/photonics industry with knowledge of optical amplifiers
  • Commercial experience in the product development of fibre optics or laser products
  • Hands-on experience building and testing fibre-optic components or opto-electronic modules
  • Ability to generate proposals and manage the financial and technical aspects of development projects
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; able to engage customers technically and collaboratively; Comfortable creating and giving technical presentations
  • Degree or PhD in Engineering or Physics with Optics, Photonics or Fibre optics bias

As well as a competitive salary and training, company benefits include:

  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Company pension pays 6%
  • Company bonus scheme
  • Health Cash Plan
  • SAYE Scheme
  • Bonus for friend referral scheme (T’s and C’s apply)