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Software Engineer


We are looking for an experienced software engineer to take significant responsibility within a small and busy software team in the UK. The role will suit someone with  at least 2-4 years of industrial experience (or equivalent), wanting to develop a career in a high-tech industry. Strong knowledge of C++ or .NET is essential.

The Company

Oxford Lasers Ltd is a high technology company headquartered in Didcot, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. The company designs, integrates and produces laser systems which we sell as well as providing subcontract services using these systems.

The laser systems come in two groups: Micromachining and Imaging. The Micromachining systems use lasers to perform a wide variety of high-precision micromachining tasks with a variety of materials and over multiple industrial applications. 

Our Imaging systems provide laser illumination for the imaging of high-speed and bright events. Combined with specialist cameras and our software, the Imaging systems provide real-time evaluation of fast-moving particles, sprays and droplets such as in pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. 

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 has a robust research and development (R&D) team and we support a global customer base both in academia and in industry.

Oxford Lasers is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Background to the Position

The software team maintains and develops software for both divisions at Oxford Lasers. Our software is a key element in the systems that Oxford Lasers sells and that we use in house. The software controls our state-of-the-art systems and analyses images captured by our imaging systems. We support the whole Oxford Lasers team from sales through to installation, test and after-sales, and sometimes work directly with customers to deliver a custom solution. 

The Position

We are looking for an experienced and confident developer to take significant responsibility within a small and busy software team. The role will suit a Software Engineer with at least 2-4 years of industrial experience (or equivalent), who is keen to develop a career in a high-tech industry.

The role will involve estimation, design, planning as well as programming, testing and documentation. You will have the opportunity to work with engineers and scientists in finding technical solutions which may involve both hardware and software components.

You will be expected to contribute to and facilitate team collaboration and agile practices and to share your skills with the team and to support other software engineers.

You will work on projects that involve programming Windows applications in C++ and .NET. It also includes control of lasers and other hardware, e.g. via serial communications protocols. Our software contains some complex logic and mathematical elements, including 3D geometry and mathematical modelling. 

After sufficient experience you may also be expected to support the sales team and support our engineers with installations and configuration either at Oxford Lasers or occasionally at a customer site. 

The role reports to the Lead Software Developer and is supported by a team of like-minded software engineers. The role is UK based out of our headquarters in Didcot, Oxfordshire. Oxford Lasers is an A-rating licensed sponsor with the Skilled Worker Immigration Route and can issue a Skilled Worker certificate of sponsorship (CoS) to the right candidate.

  • Programming in C++ and in .NET using WinForms
  • Estimating time required for work, and playing a key role in selecting items for sprints
  • Working closely within a small team to deliver functionality
  • To take responsibility for understanding the requirements by discussing with product owner and other software and hardware engineers
  • Engaging team members in decision making
  • Balancing, and where possible aligning, short-term requirements with longer-term goals
  • Writing automated tests and aid validation of the software in context on a system
  • Updating the user documentation
  • Sharing your knowledge and to be ready to learn from others
  • Helping to inform the roles and processes in our growing agile team
Education, Experience & Skills
  • At least 2-4 years of industrial experience (or equivalent)
  • Knowledge of C++, . Net languages (VB .NET) and WinForms
  • Proven ability to deliver pragmatic solutions
  • Strong understanding of software architecture
  • Strong mathematical capabilities, (good A level maths as a bare minimum, a degree in a STEM subject would be beneficial)
  • Ability to understand physical systems
  • A passion for creating great User Experience
  • Experience of any of the following would be advantageous:
    • Mathematical modelling
    • 3D geometry
    • Subversion
    • Unit testing / regression testing
    • Multi-threading and concurrent programming
    • Image analysis
    • Embedded programming, e.g. FPGAs/PICs
The Person
  • Should readily take ownership of their tasks and complete them with their very best endeavours and to the best of their ability
  • Should fit comfortably in a very technical environment with a highly qualified and experienced staff
  • Should enjoy working in a small 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
  • Will enjoy working closely with others
  • Will be prepared to sell their ideas to the team while being willing to compromise and accept different views
  • Possesses a “can do” attitude
  • Be able to work to strict deadlines either individually or as part of a team
  • Candidates must have legal right to work in the UK
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
  • Office-based job in a friendly and interactive team
  • Up to 6 days per month working from home at manager’s discretion

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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