Laser Development Engineer

Coherent Scotland Ltd

  • Scotland
  • ¬£Excellent
  • Industry, business & consultancy

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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. We have a range of projects running at different stages of the development cycle and we are currently doubling the size of the factory with a transition into new purpose built labs planned later this year. As we grow we are seeking new talent making this a very exciting time to join the Coherent Scotland team.

We have a friendly business orientated environment, an on-site cafeteria and there is a good remuneration package including contributory pension scheme, subsidised private health care and free life assurance.

About the role

We have an immediate opening for a detail-oriented Laser Development Engineer to become part of the R&D team responsible for the design of our cutting edge laser systems. 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 tasks.

Responsibilities will include:

· 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.

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 in particular 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, auto-correlators, 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.

Closing Date for applications is the Wednesday 31st July

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


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