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Laser Applications Development Engineer

The Company

Oxford Lasers Ltd is a high technology company headquartered in Didcot, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. The company designs and manufactures laser and imaging systems, provides subcontract micromachining and imaging services, has a robust research and development (R&D) division and carries out after sales services to a global customer base from both academia and industry.

The company was founded in 1977 as a spin-out from Oxford University and still retains its unique skills in laser technology and applications.  The company was the subject of a Management Buyout in October 2006 and is 100% owned by the management. Since the buyout the company has grown organically and established an extremely strong financial and technological base. It has built a strong R&D department, based on externally funded projects, which provides a stream of new technology and leading-edge know-how to the rest of the company.  From this foundation it wants to exploit the expanding market for advanced laser products and to enter a new phase of strong organic growth.

Oxford Lasers is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

The Position

We are looking for a highly skilled and hands-on engineer or scientist to join our R&D team. In this varied role you will be developing advanced laser micromachining processes and related hardware. You will be expected to work with our state-of-the-art DPSS laser systems, including ultrafast, using all common industrial laser wavelengths (from UV to mid-IR) together with advanced motion control and beam scanning systems.

Central to this role will be development of advanced laser processing techniques around glass technology. Ideally you will have experience of working with lasers/optics or other photonics/electro-optics subsystems within a photonics OEM component manufacturer, laser manufacturer or laser system integrator environment.

The position reports to the Senior Manger-Technology and is supported by a busy team of highly motivated development engineers. The role will suit a graduate or experienced engineer who is keen to develop a career in high-tech industry. It may involve some international travel.

The role is UK based from our headquarters in Didcot, Oxfordshire. Oxford Lasers is an A-rating licensed sponsor under the Skilled Worker Immigration Route and can issue a Skilled Worker certificate of sponsorship (CoS) to the right candidate.

  • Developing laser process techniques for specific applications and customer requirements
  • Contributing to R&D projects targeted at commercially valuable applications
  • Design, development, integration and validation of electro/optomechanical component prototypes and other photonics modules to be used in our laser processing product range
  • Communicating succinctly new research findings to raise awareness within the company, to our customers and project partners, presenting such results to a wider audience as well as promoting the company directly to potential customers, international conferences and exhibitions
  • Supporting the sales/marketing team with technical advice and helping as required in face-to-face meetings with customers
Education, Experience & Skills
  • BSc degree or higher in Lasers/ Optical Engineering, Physics, Engineering or similar qualification plus equivalent practical experience. A laser-related postgraduate qualification (MSc, PhD) would be an advantage.
  • Practical experience with laser applications development, especially ultrafast laser micromachining, GHz/MHz burst pulse processing or transparent material laser microprocessing (glass-glass and glass-metal microwelding, through glass vias, high aspect ratio zero kerf cutting/microdrilling, milling, in-volume marking) is advantageous.
  • Knowledge in some of the following:
    • Precision laser micromachining
    • Tailored beam delivery including non-linear optics, adaptive optics, spatial light modulation, diffractionless beams, other beam shaping technologies
    • Wet laboratory techniques including chemical etching of glass
    • Laser glass microwelding characterisation (shear/vibration/hermeticity testing, thermal cycling)
    • High-speed, high power laser processing with fibre or other DPSS lasers including ultrafast
    • Optical systems design, ray tracing analysis (ZEMAX or equivalent), alignment, machine vision for OEM integration
    • Laser beam characterisation
    • Motion control hardware integration e.g. CNC tables, controllers, amplifiers, motors
    • Galvanometer or other optical scanners
    • Machine control software programming e.g. G-code, Aerotech Automation-1, CADCAM postprocessing
    • Proficiency in various programming languages such as C++, MATLAB, Python, R
    • Image processing
    • Statistical data analysis
    • Experience with CAD mechanical design preferred
    • Integration and test of complex laser systems
    • Metrology, optical or confocal microscopes, SEMs, OCT, etc
  • Excellent oral communication, technical writing and presentation skills desirable 
  • Experience in project management
  • Ability to multi-task and superb time-management skills
  • Industrial experience preferred, ideally in the field of laser or laser systems
The Person
  • Should readily take ownership of their tasks and complete them with their very best endeavours and to the best of their ability.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and to manage own workload to meet each individual task in good time.
  • Should fit comfortably in a very technical environment with a highly qualified and experienced staff.
  • Should enjoy working in an SME organisation where he/she has a considerable level of responsibility, but also needs to perform basic tasks on occasion.  Willingness to support other aspects of the business or deliver other tasks as the company may require.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Ability to solve problems innovatively and under time pressure
  • A “can do” attitude
  • Ability to work to strict deadlines either individually or as part of a team
We Offer

Oxford Lasers is a privately owned, well-established laser technology company with a 46-year history of innovation.  It is a stimulating environment and we work internationally with a diverse range of customers and applications at the leading-edge of our technology areas.  In addition to this we offer:

  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • 25 days standard holiday (20 or 30 days holiday options available)
  • Group Personal Pension with tax-efficient salary sacrifice scheme
  • Private Medical Scheme (BUPA)
  • Permanent health insurance and death-in-service benefit

Hiring & Recruiters

We welcome individuals to apply for this role by filling out our online form below. Your application will be reviewed by the responsible person for the role and you will be contacted as a follow up. Oxford Lasers works with selected approved recruitment agencies as well. We are unable to accept enquiries from non-approved recruiters.


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