Optical Transceiver Product Engineer


Ref: 1343Monday 10 January 2022

Salary negotiable in line with experience

Enigma People Solutions is delighted to have been exclusively retained to recruit an experienced Optical Transceiver Product 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.

Your role will involve all aspects of the design and performance of optical transceivers and will allow you to be an innovative leader in the field. You will be responsible for many stages of the product design, from concept feasibility through to full scale manufacturing.

It is anticipated that there will be full interaction with customers and suppliers and the development of products to specification in a timely, quality, cost effective manner.


Job Description:

Optical transceiver product engineer required to carry out the following major activities:


  • Full “cradle to grave” understanding of the optical transceiver product.
  • Be actively involved in the optical transceiver product design.
  • Project manage the development of the optical transceiver product line, ultimately transferring to the production team for manufacturing.
  • Manage subcontractors required to bridge the technology gap in any given project.
  • Fully define and generate product data sheets for the optical transceiver product line.
  • Work closely with the optical and mechanical design team to meet project deliverables.


Optics/Engineering/Science degree or above
• Relevant industrial experience in optical component and system design
• Zemax optical design software experience or SolidWorks design software experience advantageous but not essential
• Knowledge of harsh environment qualification requirements (MIL, ECSS standards) desirable
• A proven track record in optical transceivers and their applications
• Knowledge of the techniques and equipment used in the assembly of semiconductor level micro- and opto-electronic components
• Knowledge of design for manufacturing processes, of FMEA and DOE
• A good understanding of optical design/simulation
• A good understanding of RF requirements and the influence that design and manufacturing changes can have on RF performance
• A good understanding of control electronics and the influence that design and manufacturing changes can have on device performance
• A good understanding of materials properties relating to packaging (e.g. thermal expansion, thermal conductivity)
• Familiarity with optical transceiver performance evaluation (using DCAs, BERT, pattern generators, oscilloscopes, spectrum analysers)
• Experience of verification of prototypes and generating EVT reports
• Experience of failure mode analysis and troubleshooting for yield improvement
• Expert knowledge of one or more of the following: RF/electronic design, optical design, mechanical design
• Basic knowledge of the following assembly processes: wafer saw, epoxy and solder die attach, wire-bonding, package sealing, free space optic alignment techniques
• Good project management skills (including generating and maintaining project plans) with a focus on cost, quality and time
• The ability to contribute to conference calls with key customers and to initiate and chair regular project meetings and design reviews
• Strong communication skills