Laser Development Engineer

Vacancy posted: Friday, 16 September 2016

Salary: Competitive
Location: Glasgow

Closing date: 14 October 2016
Job ref. no.: 5951

At Coherent Scotland we develop laser systems that help people. Our systems are deployed in a wide variety of markets including renewable energy, microelectronics, fundamental research, life sciences and medicine. Our aim is to make a positive impact on everybody’s life by providing customers with lasers with superior reliability and performance.

Coherent Scotland has grown strongly and consistently over the past ten years, even through times of global economic slowdown.  We have a healthy product development pipeline which will enable this growth to continue in the future. This will generate a number of exciting opportunities for personal growth within the organization in the years to come.

Coherent Scotland is based at the West of Scotland Science Park in Glasgow and is a subsidiary of Coherent Inc., a global leader in the manufacture of laser products. We are housed in a purpose built facility, with research and development, manufacturing and marketing all on one site.

Laser Development Engineer

Maryhill, Glasgow

We have an immediate opening for a detail-oriented development engineer to become part of the R&D team responsible for the design of our cutting edge laser systems. Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and conducting technical feasibility studies
  • Building, assessing and qualifying prototypes
  • Ability to: identify variables which may be effecting performance; develop suitable methods to test and confirm impact; proposing the best routes forward
  • Providing detailed and technically thorough reports/presentations to the engineering team

We are looking for a well-motivated self-starter who can take general instructions and seek out all the elements needed to complete the assigned task.

Education and Work Experience

  • PhD or equivalent,  in a solid state or fibre laser based area required
  • In depth understanding of the principles of optics and lasers, in particular ultrashort laser pulses, mode-locking techniques, optical nonlinearities and dispersion
  • Proven experience in a relevant industry
  • Ideally experienced in taking a product through the engineering life cycle from feasibility to production
  • Experienced in the use of test equipment, both optical (power meters, spectrometers, auto-correlators, etc.) and electrical (oscilloscopes, signal generators, spectrum analysers, etc.); proficiency in LabVIEW for data acquisition and instrument control would be an advantage
  • Experienced in the use of optical modelling software packages (for example Zemax) and/or the development of optical models via custom code
  • General understanding of electronics and control systems
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks and manage priorities
  • Ability to work from general instructions for new assignments either in isolation or as part of a wider team

Occasional travel might be required.

We offer a competitive remuneration package including contributory pension scheme, subsidised on-site canteen, private health care and free life insurance.

For further details and to make an application, go to our on- line website and search by location Scotland – Glasgow at:

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