Senior Optical Engineer

Durham, United Kingdom
Grade 8 (£40,793 - £48,676)
18 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department Of Physics

Grade 8 (£40,793 - £48,676)

An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, hands-on Senior Optical Engineer to play a leadership role in the development of a range of astronomical, space-based and other instrument programmes. The vacancy has arisen due to the expansion of the group’s research and development activities following a number of successful funding awards. The appointee will lead the optical design & development aspects of a varied portfolio of projects, line manage technical colleagues, and play a key role in determining the strategic approach to optical system design and integration. The role will embrace the development of instrument specifications & designs, as well as managing procurement activities and test / compliance programmes whilst leading the technical liaison with contractors and customers. It is also expected that the successful candidate will play a significant role in shaping the direction of research and technical programmes within the department. This might encompass the delivery of new research proposals and providing strategic inputs to influence future capabilities within the department. There will also be opportunities to contribute to the academic output of the department. A diverse knowledge of optics and optical design is required, as well as wide ranging understanding of the engineering and physical science topics required for the practical implementation of complex instrumentation. In particular, the role is suited to a person with extensive experience of delivering client funded projects for industry, where specifications, budget and timescales are closely managed to ensure the effective delivery of complex projects.

The role will encompass both laboratory bench and design activities related to the development and test of optical instrumentation for astronomical, space and other applications, using standard and custom built optical hardware.

This is initially a fixed term position for 2 years, but would be expected to continue beyond this, subject to CfAI’s continued success in winning projects.

Closes midday on : 28-Feb-2019