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Optical Diagnostics Technician (Laser / Lenses) - Science & Advanced Engineering R&D

Optical Diagnostics Technician (Laser / Lenses) - Science & Advanced Engineering R&D

Job Title: Optical Diagnostics Technician (Laser / Lenses) - Science & Advanced Engineering R&D
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Oxfordshire
Salary: £competitive (dependent on proven ability) + bens
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: PF5310
Contact Name: Paul Frisby
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 06, 2020 14:28

Job Description

Science and Advanced Engineering research company is seeking an Optical Diagnostics Technician. We use a variety of optical diagnostics to monitor target and launcher performance. These include measurements of the energy of light emitted by our targets, ultra-high speed imaging of our targets, projectile velocity measurements using reflected laser light and also measurement of the electrical current in our high voltage launcher using a fibre laser based polarisation rotation technique.

This growing suite of diagnostics has now been centralised. You will be expected to run, maintain and develop these capabilities.

The day to day work will involve aligning and calibrating the diagnostics for shots. Further, a process of continuous development and improvement will be required to keep-up with the increasing demand for higher accuracy results and new capabilities. All stages need to be recorded and documented.

We believe this is an exciting and varied role as you will interact with all the experiments taking place within the business, using a broad range of advanced diagnostics in a fast-paced environment. While being a specialist, you will also interact with other teams to understand future requirements.

Ideal experience:

• Experience with optical alignment and experiments in a scientific setting such as a national laboratory, university, industrial research or equivalent.

• Theoretical knowledge of optics.

• Practical experience working with optics.

• Experience with a variety of optical diagnostics and laser safety procedures.

• Fast and effective problem-solving skills.

• Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines while maintaining high quality output.

• Strong communication and interpersonal skills.

• Demonstrable ability to keep good records, documentation and a high overall level of organisation


Desirable skills:

• Experience in computer aided optical design tools such as Zeemax. You will be able to select your own tool of choice and will be trained as required

• Experience with the fast sub-microsecond timescales and sub millimetre spatial scales typically found in our high energy density experiments.

• Experience with high power lasers (CW and Pulsed). You will be trained on the laser systems we use.

• Experience with fibre optic systems