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Current Opportunities - February, 2024

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Optical Design Engineer

Company Overview

PowerPhotonic has an exciting new opportunity for an Optical Design Engineer based in Sahuarita, Arizona. This position has been created during an exciting period of growth for the company.

Powerphotonic is a global leader in the design and manufacture of precision micro-optics for laser systems used in the high energy scientific, defense, materials processing, medical, and optical communications sectors.

PowerPhotonic was founded with the objective of achieving unsurpassed excellence in all aspects of the realization of micro-optic products for the most challenging laser applications. Our world-class design skills are supported by an innovative and flexible freeform manufacturing process that we have developed and implemented in-house. The combination allows us to design and manufacture a range of revolutionary optical solutions that are unique in the industry.

What is Involved

The primary areas of focus will be to:

  • Provide design and technical support for the US team.
  • Interpret and analyze customer requirements to generate product specifications.
  • Carry out design and testing of optical components and systems.
  • Optimize system designs for manufacturability and performance.
  • Develop software tools for product design and test analysis.
  • Champion new products into production.
  • Coordinate and generate technical proposals to support the bid process
  • Assess program feasibility and risks by forecasting and tracking projects costs and timelines.


Technical Expertise

Candidates should have a working understanding of:

  • Capabilities and limitations of the relevant manufacturing processes.
  • Design and modelling of optical elements in ZEMAX (or equivalent)
  • Laser beam characteristics.
  • Paraxial design, Gaussian beam propagation, and diffraction analysis.
  • Optical test methods.
  • Numerical analysis of data for performance modelling and optimisation using Matlab.
  • Development of automated data processing tools.


The PowerPhotonic Culture

PowerPhotonic is at a key stage of development & growth and has a clearly defined set of values & behaviours we are looking for in candidates, such as:

  • Ability to lead others towards a share vision in how technological capabilities are captured and improved.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multifunctional team.
  • Creativity – generating innovative solutions.
  • Flexibility – developing products addressing a range of different markets.
  • Customer focus – understanding and addressing (internal and external) customer requirements across different applications.
  • Operating in a deadline driven environment to meet customer’s schedule and internal commitments.
  • Ability to work under own initiative and drive progress.


Preferred Qualifications and Experience

A strong Master’s or PhD degree in Physics, Engineering or Optics/Lasers or a related field.

3+ years’ work experience in new product development and optical design.


If you are driven by the desire to innovate and improve then perhaps an exciting career at PowerPhotonic is in your future, so why not join us?


Working With Us

All applicants must already hold the legal right to work in the US.

Some initial overseas travel may be required for this role.

Contract Type: Full-time

Schedule: Monday to Friday

Primary Location: Sahuarita, Arizona

Job type: On-site

Please contact for enquiries


Company Information

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.

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