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Graduate Optical Engineer

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🤑 £31.8K

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  • The candidate must have a minimum 2:1 degree in physics or a relevant field, understanding of optics, practical problem-solving skills, technical computing skills, awareness of measurement techniques, good communication skills, ability to work collaboratively, experience with optical design software and instrumentation, and an interest in astronomy and space science.
  • The candidate will design and analyze optical systems, conduct laboratory testing and alignment, analyze data, contribute to reports and presentations, manage multiple projects, and have the opportunity to become a chartered physicist through professional enrollment. They will also collaborate with engineers from various fields, interact with other groups within the organization, and engage in national and international travel.

Graduate Job




Rolling basis


  • As a Graduate Optical Engineer, you will work on a number of different projects, mostly related to ground based astronomical instrumentation or space technology. These will range from small scale design studies through to large scale multinational instrumentation projects. 
  • Part of your time will be spent working on the LISA project – a high profile ESA mission or one of the ELT instrumentation projects. You will join the team at the UK ATC, developing and testing the alignment and assembly techniques needed to build the optical assemblies that will sit at the heart of these instruments.
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  • Essential:
  • Achieved, or be on course to achieve, a minimum 2:1 degree in physics or a relevant field of study
  • Have the right to live and work in the UK at the time of starting employment
  • Understanding of basic principles of geometric and wave optics
  • A practical approach to problem solving
  • Technical computing skills (e.g. Python, MatLab, etc.)
  • Awareness of measurement techniques and/or technology used in astronomy
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team both on-site, nationally and internationally
  • Desirable:
  • Experience of optical design software (e.g. Zemax, Code V)
  • Experience of designing and/or building optical instrumentation
  • An interest in astronomy, space science and/or space technology
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Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities



  • Design and analysis of optical systems using ray tracing software, working with engineers from other subject areas (e.g. mechanical engineering, systems engineering) to contribute to a complete system design.
  • Laboratory testing and alignment of optical components and systems
  • Analysis of experimental and modelled data
  • Contributing to written reports and presentations.
  • Managing own time across a number of projects
  • As part of the graduate programme, you are encouraged to enroll with the Institute of Physics (or equivalent professional organisation) with the view of becoming a Chartered Physicist, which is a peer reviewed recognition of your proficiency as a physicist.
  • There will be close interaction with the other groups within UKATC including scientists, other engineering fields and project management. More broadly, you will be part of international teams and therefore some national and international travel is expected.
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Work type

Full time

Work mode





31790 GBP

Rolling basis