Optical Engineer

4 days left

Edinburgh, UK
£31931 - £44166 per annum
15 Sep 2022
09 Oct 2022

Salary: Band D £31,931 - £34,709, Band E £39,748 - £44,166 + an allowance of up to £3,000 dependant on skills and experience

Benefits: 30 days holiday + 8 bank holidays + 2.5 privilege days + exceptional defined average salary pension + excellent work life balance

Location: Royal Observatory, Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ

Contract: Open Ended

Closing date for applications: Sunday 9th October 2022

Put simply, come, and discover the impact you can make when you're equipped, encouraged, and inspired to perform to your very best.

The UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) are looking for an enthusiastic optical engineer to join our team. The successful applicant will join the Applied Optics group at the UK ATC, working alongside an established and experienced group of optical engineers covering a range of optical disciplines. The group provides expertise in support of all UK ATC activities from initial conceptual designs through to commissioning of new instrumentation at observatory sites.

About this opportunity:

You will apply your skills and creativity as an experienced optical design engineer to develop the next generation of instrumentation for ground- and space-based astronomy. You will be involved with all phases of our projects from conceptual design through to construction and performance testing, working on systems ranging in scale from satellites the size of a shoebox through to spectrometers weighing many tonnes for use on the world's largest telescopes.


A degree or equivalent in Physics or a related discipline (S)
Good understanding of optical design and analysis techniques (S+I)
Experience of using commercial ray tracing software (e.g. Zemax OpticStudio) (S)
Knowledge of a range of optical alignment and metrology techniques. (S+I)
Proven ability to work proactively and collaboratively as part of a team (S+I)
Excellent communication skills, able to clearly present technical material in meetings and written reports (S+I)


30 days annual leave + 10.5 public and privilege days + Christmas shut down
An excellent defined-benefit pension scheme
Flexible working options that support a good work-life balance.
Opportunities for professional development courses, both through STFC and support of other training that will help your career development.
The UK ATC is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce.
We are invested in creating an environment that is welcoming and supportive of all, to help us achieve the highest possible standards in our work and organisation together. In this regard, we encourage applications from under-represented groups.

About The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

The STFC is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation where curiosity, blue-skies thinking meets practical, application-led science and engineering. Our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people - and more broadly to the world.

As one of Europe's largest research organisations, we're trusted to support, enable and undertake ground-breaking projects in an outstanding diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we're driving progressive advances in science, engineering, computing and technology. Our research seeks to understand the Universe from the largest astronomical scales to the tiniest constituents of matter, yet creates impact on a very tangible, human scale.

For more information about STFC please visit https://stfc.ukri.org/

You can also visit our careers site https://www.stfccareers.co.uk/

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