Laser Development Engineer


Ref: 1310Monday 12 April 2021

up to £49,000 plus benefits

Enigma People Solutions are looking for a Senior Laser Development Engineer to join our Glasgow based client in developing laser systems that help people. Our client’s systems are deployed in a wide variety of markets including renewable energy, microelectronics, fundamental research, life sciences and medicine, they aim is to make a positive impact on everybody’s life by providing customers with lasers with superior reliability and performance.

Our client is a global leader in the manufacture of laser products and are housed in a purpose built facility, with research and development, manufacturing and marketing all on one site. They have grown strongly and consistently over the past ten years, even through times of global economic slowdown and 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 organisation in the years to come.

This opening comes at a time of exciting growth for the company with an opportunity to join a multidiscipline engineering team and shape the next generation of cutting edge laser products. You will work with other laser design engineers and liaise with other functional groups within the wider engineering group to help define and deliver products that meet our stringent performance and reliability targets and that will delight our customers.

About the role

We have an immediate opening for a detail-oriented Laser Development Engineer to become part of our client’s R&D team responsible for the design of our cutting-edge laser systems. We are looking for a motivated self-starter who can take general instructions and seek out all the elements needed to complete the assigned tasks. You will have responsibility for the achievement of both personal and team based goals delivering project focused outputs. You will be able to adapt quickly to changing requirements and understand critical needs and prioritise tasks and workload. You will have access to a local and worldwide talent pool with expertise in fundamentals like optical fibre design, and processing or laser crystal growth through to world class manufacturing expertise and collaborations are encouraged. You will work within a team where guidance and training will be provided. You will typically work with product development through the entire product lifecycle from feasibility experiments through to production transfer and will have exposure to all aspects of the business in this journey.


• Conducting technical feasibility studies in the design ultrashort pulse fibre lasers and their use in laser systems.

• Building, assessing and qualifying prototypes based on these feasibility studies.

• Troubleshooting laser performance issues.

• Providing detailed and technically thorough reports/presentations to the engineering team.

• Providing technical support to the laser manufacturing teams.

• Working within a multi-disciplined engineering team to design laser systems.

• Collaborating with local and international experts

• Defining specifications and sourcing of laser parts and components

Education and Experience

• PhD or equivalent in a solid state or fibre laser-based area or demonstrable experience in a laser manufacturing or development environment.

• In depth understanding of the principles of optics and lasers, and a knowledge of ultrashort laser pulses, mode-locking techniques, optical nonlinearities and dispersion is desirable.

• Ideally demonstrable practical ability in the creation of breadboard laser systems.

• Ideally experienced in taking a product through some part of the engineering life cycle from feasibility to production.

• Experienced in the use of test equipment, both optical (power meters, spectrometers, autocorrelators, etc.) and electrical (oscilloscopes, signal generators, spectrum analysers, etc.).

• Proficiency in LabVIEW for data acquisition and instrument control would be an advantage.

• Ideally 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 will be required.


Our client offers a great benefits package which includes but is not limited to:

  • Pension Scheme – matches employee contribution plus 2% (up to a maximum of 7%)
  • Private Medical Insurance (BUPA)
  • Health Insurance Payable after 26 weeks of disability.
  • Group Life Assurance Scheme - Lump sum equal to 4 x basic salary
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Holidays - 28 days paid holiday, plus an additional day for every year worked up to a maximum of 5 days.
  • Flexible Leave - 2 additional days each year as flexi leave by banking 3¾ hours worked in excess of their normal daily hours during each quarter.
  • Child Care Vouchers
  • Cycle to Work Scheme

For more information get in touch with Daniel on 0131 510 8150 or email