Optical Research Physicist/Engineer & Lead Optical Research Physicist/Engineer

LumOptica Ltd
Bristol (GB)
17 Sep 2021
15 Nov 2021

Full Time

Bristol, UK

LumOptica is a growing laser and optical technology company. We work with some of the largest technology companies in the world, the UK MOD and government as well as running exciting in-house innovation projects.

We are now seeking highly motivated physicists/engineers to join us at an exciting time for the company where we are developing cutting-edge technologies, undertaking experimentation on recently discovered physical phenomena and lab/field-testing of proof-of-concept systems. We are looking to build on our successes through a spirit of continual innovation.

If you have a flair for innovation, the courage to challenge convention and like to ask: “what if…?” we would love to hear from you.

We are looking to fill two roles. For both roles this is what we are looking for:


  • Practical experience and understanding of optical engineering and/or lasers
  • Excellent analytical skills with an eye for detail and accuracy
  • Ability to interpret detailed technical information and convey to colleagues and stakeholders
  • Ability to multitask
  • Work well within a team and interfacing with customers
  • Degree in relevant discipline
  • UK National and eligible to obtain UK security clearance


  • Experience with fibre lasers and/or ultrafast lasers and nonlinear optics
  • PhD in relevant field
  • Programming experience in Matlab, Python, COMSOL, LabVIEW

Optical Research Physicist/Engineer

A multi-faceted role, you will be involved in all aspects of R&D and design: developing solutions to meet our clients’ challenges, preparing proposals, planning and conducting experimental campaigns and providing results in written and verbal form. You will be a self-starter, able to work effectively in a team and with customers. An eagerness and ability to learn is essential. In return, you will be acquiring new skills and working on the latest developments in laser technology.

Lead Optical Physicist/Engineer

Reporting directly to the CEO you will take a lead in planning and running R&D projects, so it is essential that you can set priorities for yourself and others. You will also field technical enquiries, assess their feasibility and propose statements of work in response. It is highly desirable that you have experience in leading projects and managing resources. You will present project results to stakeholders (technical and non-technical audiences). A key part of the role will be to consider new opportunities. You will need to interpret requirements, devise an approach to address them, assess likelihood of success and identify partners/sub-contractors, etc. As capability lead, you will support the development of our Quality Management System and help us strive for continual improvement. Ideally you will come from a background in defence and have a good working knowledge of R&D funding and frameworks, although this is not essential. This is a superb opportunity for you to apply your skills and experience to leading a growing capability. You will have an opportunity to contribute to the success of the company and grow with the business.

We are committed to continuing professional development and will provide training where required, support in obtaining chartered status and the opportunity to attend and present at conferences

We offer a very competitive package including hybrid working and discretionary bonus. Send CV and covering letter to: careers@lumoptica.com. No agencies please.

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