Optical Engineer

Excelitas Technologies Corp.
Hamble, UK
Closing date
18 Feb 2023

Job Details

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.


Reporting to the Photonics Team Leader, the Project Engineer is an exciting opportunity to join our Photonics team in driving and contributing to design projects.


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Excelitas profile imageExcelitas is a leading industrial technology manufacturer focused on delivering innovative, market-driven photonic solutions for our customers. Serving a range of applications across biomedical, scientific, semiconductor, industrial manufacturing, safety, security, consumer products, defence and aerospace sectors, we stand committed to enabling our customers’ success in their many end-markets.

Why work for us
We know our work has a greater purpose. As technology innovators of the future, we push the boundaries of what is possible. Our open-minded and passionate approach to everything we do gives meaning to our photonic solutions. We Engage with smart minds to maintain a creative and empowering work environment. We Enable our employees by providing the tools and resources that allow them to achieve their full potential. Finally, we Excel in what we do, and we reward hard work.

Training and development
Our employees represent our values, and we aim to create an environment where everyone can fully contribute to the business, while enjoying significant career-development opportunities and personal growth.

We value every team member and recognize that everyone contributes to our success in varying and meaningful ways. Everyone is given ample opportunity to develop, and each employee is accountable for their own growth and development in partnership with the company.

Graduate schemes
Our graduate programmes vary depending on location and role. We will develop a tailored plan to make sure you get both on-the-job and external training whether you are an engineer, a scientist or you are looking to start your career in any other speciality for which we recruit.

While many of our roles may not specifically say “graduate” we actively encourage graduates to apply for suitable roles via our vacancy postings on our website.

What we are looking for
We are always looking for passionate and dedicated people. We want problem solvers, as our customers come to us for solutions to their technology challenges. We also need good communicators as we work in global, multi-disciplinary teams and engage with our customers to present the best solutions for them.

Excelitas works across a wide range of sectors from biomedical to semiconductor and so offer diverse opportunities. If you share our photonic interest and passion, we want to hear from you.

Main sites in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, China, Indonesia, Phillipines and Singapore

Number of employees

Main areas of research
Biomedical, scientific, semiconductor, industrial manufacturing, safety, security, consumer products, defence and aerospace

Positions recently recruited for
We recruit across a wide variety of sectors from R&D to manufacturing, supply chain, programme management, sales and support functions

Desired degree disciplines/class
Undergraduate or postgraduate degree in electronic, mechanical, software, systems or optical engineering or physics. Some roles may require a level of professional qualification

Eligibility to work in UK/EU/US

How to apply
Visit our careers page www.excelitas.com/join-our-team

Closing date
All year round

Tel +1 855-382-2677
E-mail talent.acquisition@excelitas.com

Find Us
+1 855-382-2677
200 West Street
4th Floor East
Massachusetts 02451
United States

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