Photonics Engineer

Harwell, Oxfordshire
£30,357 - £32,997
03 Aug 2018
27 Aug 2018
Job Type

Photonics Engineer


Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell, Didcot

£30,357 - £32,997

Full time/Part Time (minimum 22 hours per week)

Open ended


About Us

The Science & Technology Facilities Council is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.  

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world

About the role

Photonics engineer for space applications.

The job entails selecting, developing and integrating photonics technologies and relevant supporting sub-systems, for applications in space technology, primarily upstream (i.e. on-spacecraft) and as part of ground support equipment. 

The role will involve:

  • interacting, as part of a team, with project stakeholders to determine top level requirements and constraints 
  • helping to identify potential solutions to specific problems identified by instrument development teams 
  • developing photonics based implementations of solutions, including device selection, demonstration and characterization via various levels of simulation and breadboard, final design specification, assembly and verification/qualification 
  • identifying the potential for photonics technologies within the RAL Space portfolio 
  • supporting longer term technology knowledge development and road-mapping for both RAL Space and our key stakeholders.

About you

You will be educated to degree level (e.g. MSc, PhD) in Photonics or equivalent together with Photonics engineering experience.

You will have experience implementing systems using one of the following; semiconductor laser sources, novel waveguide or photonics structures, photon counting or low light detectors, fibre optic sensors or instruments and non-linear optics.

You will also have experience using optical or photonics modelling and design tools.

Experience using formal design or systems-engineering methods would be highly desirable.

What we offer

In addition to the competitive salary, an excellent index linked pension scheme and generous leave allowance are offered. Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages. 

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. 

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please click the apply button. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 27th August 2018.

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