Current Opportunities

As a young, dynamic and growing company, PowerPhotonic offers staff a challenging and rewarding career opportunity. Its engineering ethos is embedded in the culture of the organisation and the ability to work at the cutting edge of technology will be enough for many to consider PowerPhotonic a natural choice to further their career.

Headquartered in Dalgety Bay near Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, PowerPhotonic is situated in modern spacious offices with excellent facilities.  The company offers a breadth of opportunity that few others can offer in Europe.  Working in the heart of the company really does make a difference.  If you have a significant contribution to make, we’ll make sure it is significant for your success and the success of the company.  But for many, the opportunity to move to Scotland will be a key attraction.  Scotland is a great place to live and work. The countryside and beaches, rivers and glens are world renowned and all within easy reach of the city centres.  There is a wide choice of places to live, with lively towns and cities for those who are young or young at heart and rural communities for those who want a quieter life away from work.

We are a world-class company with the ambition to reach a global audience. No matter whether you are a graduate or an experienced engineer, an expert in optics or operations, if you want to be part of a growing company, give us a call.  We are always on the lookout for dynamic talent that wants to make a difference.

If you are interested in joining a dynamic and growing company, send your c.v. and a covering letter to HR@powerphotonic.com

 

Current Opportunities

Job title:  NPI Development Engineer – Micro-Optics

Summary

PowerPhotonic is a global leader in the design and manufacture of cutting-edge micro-optics for laser applications in materials processing, medical systems, and optical communications as well as scientific and defence sector.  Our product development is aimed at ensuring we stay ahead of the competition and remain as the industry’s leader in delivering innovation, functionality and performance.

Full job details

We are now looking to hire an NPI Development Engineer to join our Product Development Team. In this role you will be involved in all product development stages with a focus on new product introduction into volume production. You will work closely with other engineers and operations team to ensure products introduced to production meet the requirements in terms of production readiness, cost targets and performance.

Key areas of responsibility will include:

Transitioning prototype products into volume production, with a focus on:

  • Defining product specification and manufacturing process flow.
  • Design-for-manufacture to reduce product cost and improve manufacturability.
  • Developing inspection plans for product validation.
  • Defining process capability requirements and metrology requirements for the products.
  • Driving yield improvement through data analysis and reporting to other engineers.
  • Promoting production readiness requirements into earlier product development phases.

This is a fast-paced role in a growing early-stage company and whilst indicative of expectations, the above list is not exhaustive. As a member of our multi-skilled team you will have the opportunity to be involved in a broader range of activities than those described above.

Required skills and experience

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated self-starter to join us at PowerPhotonic at a key period in our growth trajectory. The successful candidate will have the opportunity drive the expansion of our process capability, growing professionally and working within a highly experienced engineering team. To enable success in this fast-paced environment we are looking for candidates who can demonstrate the following:

  • Numerical and statistical data analysis (Matlab/Python, JMP/R).
  • Practical knowledge on statistical process control (SPC).

This is a pivoting role in a fast-paced environment, where you will have the opportunity to work with the multi-skilled team in resolving technical challenges and improving processes supporting company’s growth.

Desirable

  • A working knowledge of optical design and laser beams characteristics would be a benefit.
  • Strong understanding of optical specifications would be a benefit.
  • Experience in optics or semiconductor manufacturing environment would be a distinct advantage.

Personal Fit & Capabilities

  • Strong ability to work in a multi-functional team
  • Structured and high degree of self-discipline.
  • Operating in a deadline driven environment to meet customer’s schedule.
  • Ability to work under own initiative
  • Adept at writing concise technical documents.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills essential

Qualifications

  • A degree in Physics, Engineering or Optics/Lasers or equivalent experience.
  • 3+ years’ experience in NPI, test & manufacturing or development.
  • Applicants should have the right to work in the UK.

 

Job title:  Product Development Engineer – Micro-Optics

Summary

PowerPhotonic is a global leader in the design and manufacture of cutting-edge micro-optics for laser applications in materials processing, medical systems, and optical communications as well as scientific and defence sector.  Our product development is aimed at ensuring we stay ahead of the competition and remain as the industry’s leader in delivering innovation, functionality and performance.

Full job details

As a part of Product Development Team, you will be involved in all stages of the product development process from identifying customer and market requirements through to introduction into production and subsequent support. The team is also involved in other technical activities in support of sales and marketing.

Key areas of responsibility will include:

  • Analysis of customer requirements and generation of product specifications
  • Design and test of optical components and systems, optical system modelling
  • Optimisation of design for performance and manufacturability
  • Development of software tools for product design and test analysis
  • Transfer of new products into production
  • Subsequent support to production and customer

This is a fast-paced role in a growing early-stage company and whilst indicative of expectations, the above list is not exhaustive. As a member of our multi-skilled team you will have the opportunity to be involved in a broader range of activities than those described above.

Required skills and experience

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated self-starter to join us at PowerPhotonic at a key period in our growth trajectory. The successful candidate will have the opportunity drive the expansion of our process capability, growing professionally and working within a highly experienced engineering team. To enable success in this fast-paced environment we are looking for candidates who can demonstrate the following:

Key technical expertise

  • Design and modelling of optical elements using numerical and mathematical design tools.
  • Understanding of laser beam characteristics.
  • Paraxial design, Gaussian beam propagation, diffraction analysis.
  • Numerical analysis of data for performance modelling and optimisation using tools such as Matlab/Python/C++ or similar.
  • Development of automated data processing tools.
  • Experience in OO design and UML desirable.
  • Creativity – generating innovative solutions
  • Flexibility - developing products addressing a range of different markets
  • Customer focus – understanding and addressing customer requirements across different applications
  • Operating in a deadline driven environment to meet customer’s schedule

Desirable

  • Experience in working in a manufacturing environment

Personal Fit & Capabilities

  • Ability to work in a multi-functional team
  • Ability to work under own initiative
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills essential

Qualifications

  • A degree in Physics, Engineering or Optics/Lasers or a related field required.
  • Applicants should have the right to work in the UK.

 

Job title: Technical Operator

Job summary:

Primary areas of focus will be operating the dicer, running the rigs, day to day working in the cleanroom, also packing, labelling and inspection.

Duties & Responsibilities

Initially the main activities of this role will involve:

  • Dicing Machine
  • UV Cure System
  • Support Product Development team in carrying out machining and dicing trials
  • Packaging and shipping of product to outside vendors and customers
  • Preparation of optical glass substrates ready for processing
  • General housekeeping
  • Inspection of optical parts under microscope, and investigation of cause of defects
  • Monitoring and replenishment of substrate stocks

Additionally

Further responsibilities (training will be provided) will include:

  • Preparation of batch files to support laser machining equipment
  • Loading, unloading and processing on production equipment
  • Laser machining equipment
  • Optical Metrology equipment
  • Maintain records and stock control in production control database
  • Maintain control of production work in progress within Kanban system
  • Routine monitoring checks and maintenance of production equipment

Education & Experience

Experience in operation of technical manufacturing equipment including dicing equipment

  • Ability to learn, and contribute to the development of new techniques
  • PC Literate, with knowledge of Microsoft packages: Excel, Word, Access database
  • Capable of working independently with minimum supervision and flagging relevant issues for escalation as required
  • Can support preparation of operating instruction documentation
  • Ability to work as part of a team and communicate effectively
  • Ability to work under pressure & prioritise workload
  • Proactive self-starter – solutions and improvement focused approach to problem solving
  • Ability to be flexible in working hours if required – occasional basis with suitable notice

Preferred skills & Abilities

Experience of:

  • Cleanroom Environment
  • Working with sensitive/fragile material e.g. fused silica, silicon wafers etc.
  • Inspection tasks under microscope
  • Chemical handling and MSDS (Material Safety Data sheets)
  • Operation of wafer dicing equipment

Working conditions & Physical demands

Office and manufacturing environment. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.