Optical Engineer

Hamble, Southampton (GB)
Competitive salary with excellent benefits package
27 Aug 2021
12 Oct 2021


Qioptiq Photonics Limited (An Excelitas Technologies Company) is a leading global supplier of opto-electronics and photonic products present in a variety of markets from medical and biotechnology to semiconductor and industrial markets, based in Hamble, Hampshire.

Main Tasks

  • Design laser products in detail using a variety of laser technologies to meet specifications
  • Propose conceptual designs
  • Work with multi-disciplinary team to ensure optical design is robust
  • Expand personal knowledge base as required by projects
  • Detailed design of optical systems including system performance, components and materials selection, thermal considerations, optical design and opto-mechanical stability
  • Investigate tolerances and write specifications for systems
  • Optical system design within customer restrictions and with design for manufacture considerations
  • Design, build and characterize prototypes and proof-of-concept experiments
  • Select and/or design optical components to achieve customer requirements
  • Hands on development of designs through alpha, beta and pilot production phase. Including supporting NPI with early production batches
  • Provide technical expertise to projects and/or take the role of Technical Lead


  • Energize projects and drive projects to completion within agreed plan & budget
  • Observe company procedures & processes
  • Manage time and effort applied to projects in accordance with deadlines and priority levels
  • Manage project technical risks and create solutions to overcome barriers to project success
  • Communicate deviations or risks with project plan or goals to Project Manager
  • Identify and propose improvements to performance, reliability and cost of our products & processes


  • Provide technical solutions, training and technical support to other departments as required
  • Support for Production and Production Engineering teams
  • Write manufacturing work instructions, test procedures and documentation
  • Respond to sales enquiries and orders

The ideal candidate will possess: 

  • A Masters in Physics
  • Solid experience in precision optics, lasers and optical fibres
  • Experience in optical setup design
  • Knowledge and practical experience of relevant measurement techniques and instrumentation
  • Problem solving & lateral thinking skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills appropriate to a highly technical environment
  • Computer literate
    • Excel – Advanced,
    • Word – Intermediate,
    • PowerPoint – Intermediate,
    • Coding (e.g. Matlab/Python) - Beginner
  • Must be a non-smoker/vaper