About the Principal Optical Engineer role

  • You will be leading the expanding optical design team, developing the next generation of telecom wavelength-selective optical switches (WSSs).
  • The role will cover all stages of product development, from requirements definition through concept generation, detailed design, prototyping and transfer to manufacture.
  • It will also include developing experimental test systems to support the design and qualification of constituent optical components, such as waveguides, lenses, waveplates, gratings and spatial light modulators.
  • You will assist with the sustainable growth of the optical design team, and be responsible for the day-to-day management and professional development of the team.
  • You will further contribute to the generation and capture of intellectual property related to the Group’s optical switching technology.

About You

To be successful, you will:
  • have a strong degree in physics or engineering, and extensive post-graduate experience in optical system development, whether in industry or academia. A master’s, PhD or other formalised post-graduate training would be advantageous.
  • be an experienced free-space optical designer, familiar with fibre-coupled IR systems and optical relays. 
  • be an expert in analytic and numerical optical modelling, including Zemax (or equivalent), and with commissioning a variety of free-space optical components.
  • have experience of transferring high-value optical systems into volume manufacture, and of line management or of mentoring junior colleagues.
  • have experience with spatial light modulators, either liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCoS) or MEMS, and of free-space optical beam steering. Familiarity with the telecoms industry would also be advantageous, especially C-band optical transport networks.

About HUBER+SUHNER Polatis

We offer a friendly and informal work environment in a prime location on the Cambridge Science Park, a competitive salary and annual bonus scheme, plus a range of benefits including private health care, non-contributory pension scheme, health shield cash back plan, and cycle to work scheme.

HUBER+SUHNER Polatis is the world leader in the design and manufacture of energy-efficient, all-optical switching solutions that connect optical fibres directly to make networks more flexible, agile and reliable. We offer a range of optical switching solutions which are used in a number of different markets including cyber surveillance, government systems, telecommunications, data center networks and oil and gas instrumentation.

Founded in 2005 as a result of the merger of leading optical technology companies from Massachusetts and the UK, the company is now part of the HUBER+SUHNER group Fiber Optics Division.
Cambridge

About You

To be successful, you will:
  • have a strong degree in physics or engineering, and extensive post-graduate experience in optical system development, whether in industry or academia. A master’s, PhD or other formalised post-graduate training would be advantageous.
  • be an experienced free-space optical designer, familiar with fibre-coupled IR systems and optical relays. 
  • be an expert in analytic and numerical optical modelling, including Zemax (or equivalent), and with commissioning a variety of free-space optical components.
  • have experience of transferring high-value optical systems into volume manufacture, and of line management or of mentoring junior colleagues.
  • have experience with spatial light modulators, either liquid-crystal-on-silicon (LCoS) or MEMS, and of free-space optical beam steering. Familiarity with the telecoms industry would also be advantageous, especially C-band optical transport networks.
Cambridge

We very much hope that you are interested in the vacancy and we look forward to receiving your completed application.

Bhumika Zhaveri Balla,
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