NKT Photonics is a dynamic, international high-tech company and a leader in the development, building and supply of high performance fiber lasers and photonic crystal fibers. We employ some of the best and most creative people in our industry and they have helped to make us one of the fastest growing and most innovative photonics companies in the World. At our facility in Southampton, our expertise is the development and production of free space fiber lasers.
It’s an exciting, inspiring place to work where we encourage both personal and career development. To support our plans, we are now looking for a talented Optical Engineer to join our growing team.
PRINCIPAL OPTICAL ENGINEER
Researches, designs, develops and manufactures prototype free space laser and fiber laser systems and equipment. Owning several laser projects concurrently. Ensures constant communication with related areas of the business supporting sales, customers, purchasing and manufacturing. Will oversee optical development from research/feasibility through to production release.
Responsible for coming up with new concepts and designs for free space laser and fiber laser systems, will drive initial feasibility of these ideas and evaluation for product development. Once selected working within a multi-disciplinary team will take the product from concept through to manufacture. Will be able to drive the solution of non-obvious problems related to product development via the design of suitable models and experimental studies. Works with engineering team to define and ensure correct controls, procedures and specifications are maintained. Considers customer requirements when designing concepts, manufacturing and testing new lasers. Define and maintain project plans, provide regular progress reports and disseminate information on new developments to the team. Ensures full documentation is created as required over the product development life cycle. Proactively works to secure cost-effective manufacturing solutions. Is responsible for ensuring delivery of effective solutions within given timeframes. Raising, responding to and implementing engineering change requests. Works to continuously improve product design, production and cost efficiency. Responsible for keeping up with scientific/technological developments along with changing market trends.
Senior engineering manager, engineering team, production team, product manager.
Manages the organisational people objectives. Responsible for implementing and managing organisational goals and objectives. Reports on progress of initiatives. Works with team and monitors performance to plan. Manages relationships professionally. Responsible for working collaboratively across different disciplines. Mentors less experienced engineers. May write or edit policy in specialist area. Can suggest and implement process improvements.
PhD in optics, physics or similar or an undergraduate degree in science or engineering with relevant experience.
SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED
Works collaboratively with engineering and project teams to drive and achieve solutions. Track record of designing innovative solutions to build effective products that meet customer requirements. Drives development of high quality products. Skilled at communicating with other engineering teams and team members. Excellent data analysis and problem solving skills. Experience of programming, modelling and statisical analysis. High level of attention to detail and commitment to quality and reliability. Excellent team player. Skilled user of Microsoft Office 365. Manages engineering projects or work packages. Strong organisational and time management skills. Ability to work on multiple concurrent activities. Experienced at mentoring less experienced engineers.
PhD level degree or equivalent experience in a research environment in physics or natural sciences. High level of hands-on experience with free space laser optics and fibre optics. Specialist knowledge of the physics of fibre and/or bulk laser technology. Excellent understanding of optical, electronic and mechanical requirements for industrial reliability. Experience in a practical manufacturing environment.
Up to 15 % annually, potentially globally.
Should be capable of modelling to explain experimental results. Relevant basic programming skills.