Lasers and Quantum Optics Engineer


Ref: 1344Monday 10 January 2022

Competitive salary plus benefits such as life and health insurance

Enigma People Solutions is delighted to have been exclusively retained to recruit an experienced Lasers and Quantum Optics Engineer for Alter Technology’s new Photonics Design Centre in central Scotland. New investment is allowing our client to build upon their significant progress already made on laser products for Quantum applications and optical transceivers for intra-satellite communications and will provide the resources and expertise to fully exploit these emerging and growing markets.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an exceptional team of skilled and accomplished individuals with in-depth industry expertise and work closely with customers to turn innovation into reality.

The centre will focus on supporting the Group’s development of highly integrated, miniaturised and robust laser products to be used in quantum-enabled positioning, navigation and timing systems (narrow linewidth diode laser modules). This role reports to the Head of Design Centre of Alter Technology TUV NORD UK LTD and provides a great opportunity to be developing exciting laser technology to enable new real-world quantum applications and markets. The design centre will operate as an early-stage business within the framework, support and financial assistance of a larger company allowing the best of both worlds in terms of flexibility and stability.

You will enjoy the chance to:

  • Widen your experience and be part of an exciting new photonics design centre working on cutting-edge technology and markets, while also benefiting from international collaboration and international travel.
  • Work flexible working hours to offer a balanced work and personal life.
  • Be actively supported in your personal and professional advancement with a wide range of internal seminars, training courses and a management development program.

Your role will include but not be limited to:

  • Design, build and characterize breadboard and prototype laser systems, ideally related to frequency stabilised narrow linewidth diode lasers systems, and resolve the detailed technical challenges required to industrialize this technology
  • Support integration of laser systems into cold atom-based applications and systems
  • Work with a team of packaging, mechanical and electrical engineers to build a unique telecoms style packaged diode laser-based system that can withstand wide temperature operation or high vibrational loads in high-reliability environments
  • Participate in brainstorming meetings, conceptualize, develop and troubleshoot non-standard technical approaches to fundamental problems
  • Take part in the NPI process, participate in periodic project meetings
  • Contribute to manufacturing, test procedures, user manuals, process development and training for manufacturing personnel for transition of products from R&D to manufacturing
  • Provide on-going product support to manufacturing, marketing, sales, and service
  • Liaise with our academic, RTO and commercial partners

To be of interest you will be able to demonstrate:

  • PhD in physics, optics, atomic/molecular physics, quantum optics, spectroscopy or laser engineering
  • Experience in product introduction from feasibility to released product desirable 
  • Familiarity with narrow linewidth frequency lasers (ideally both in design and build and application use) and with principles of mechanical design; computer-aided design software experience advantageous, but not essential
  • Basic knowledge of electric circuits, ideally in laser frequency stabilisation, servo controllers
  • Ray tracing software experience (Zemax preferred) beneficial, but not essential
  • Track record in the field of atomic, molecular, and optical physics as well as in the application of narrow linewidth lasers (e.g. spectroscopy, atomic clocks, cold atom-based sensing and timing)
  • Demonstrated laboratory experience in lasers and electro-optics and experience with electronics test equipment (e.g. oscilloscopes, multimeters, spectrum analysers, network analysers, frequency counters)