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Laser Engineer (all levels)

Ref no. BHN557041
Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Start date ASAP
Job type Permanent
Job status Closed

Job summary

At Leonardo, we have a fantastic new opportunity for Laser Engineers to join our team. Leonardo is a global leader
in Defence electronics and delivers mission critical systems for situational awareness, Electronic Warfare an

Key skills required for this role

Defence, Mechanical Engineering, Stress Engineering, Laser Engineering, fibre,


Position subject to security clearance and proof of 5-year UK residency.

Job description

The opportunity:

At Leonardo, we have a fantastic new opportunity for Laser Engineers (All Levels). Leonardo is a global leader in defence electronics and delivers mission critical systems for situational awareness, electronic warfare and surveillance across land, sea and air.

The Radar and Advanced Targeting line of business, based in Edinburgh, is uniquely positioned as one of the world's top manufacturers of radars, lasers and infra-red countermeasure systems. You will join a world-class optics and laser development team which provides leading-edge solutions into the global defence sector. The extensive product range includes targeting lasers, stabilised laser delivery systems, electro-optic imaging and surveillance systems.

This position has been created during an exciting period of technology development and business growth, with Leonardo at the forefront of designing and manufacturing the next generation of compact and sophisticated lasers for emerging defence applications.

What you will do as a Laser Engineer:

As a Laser Engineer, you will be part of specialist group tasked with developing compact and efficient solid-state laser designs. You will investigate new technologies and engineering capabilities to address emerging business opportunities.

You will take ownership of developing laser designs and will apply computational modelling techniques for the analysis of solid-state lasers, including nonlinear optical systems. This work will be underpinned by conducting practical work within Leonardo's Laser Centre of Excellence Laboratories.

This role involves working in a multidisciplinary team and provides the unique opportunity to influence the progress, direction and successful delivery of the next generation of lasers within one of largest manufacturers of advanced solid-state military lasers in the world.

What we are looking for:

  • Experience working in a laser product development and/or laser applied research environment.
  • Previous ownership of a laser design which has been manufactured (in one-off or volume production).
  • Experience in the design, characterisation and manufacture of lasers using appropriate commercial tools.
  • An advanced understanding of laser physics and a detailed understanding of solid-state laser engineering.
  • An appreciation of the mechanical and electrical design aspects of laser systems.
  • Experience working in a laser research and development or manufacturing environment.
  • Experience with technical proposal writing, project budgeting and team leadership
  • Strong analytical, modelling skills and good laboratory skills are beneficial.
  • Familiarity with fibre laser systems.
  • Qualifications:
    • Essential - Related Master's degree (e.g. Physics).
    • Desirable - PhD with a significant laser design content.

Security Clearance

You must be eligible for full security clearance.

Life at Leonardo

With a company funded benefits package, a commitment to learning and development, and a flexible approach to working hours focused on the needs of both our employees and customers, a career with Leonardo has never offered as many opportunities or been more accessible to as many people.

  • Flexible Working: Flexible hours with hybrid working options. For part time opportunities, please talk to us
  • Company funded flexible benefits:Access to private healthcare, dental schemes, Workplace ISA, Go Green Car Scheme, technology and lifestyle options (£500 annual allowance)
  • Holidays:25 days plus bank holidays, option to buy/sell leave and to accrue up to 12 additional flexi leave days per year
  • Pension:Award winning pension scheme (up to 10% employer contribution)
  • Wellbeing: Employee Assistance Programme with access to free mental health support, financial wellbeing support and network groups to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to diversity & inclusion (Enable, Pride, Equalise, Reservists, Carers)
  • Lifestyle: Discounted Gym membership, Cycle to work scheme
  • Training:Free access to more than 4000 online courses via Coursera
  • Referral Incentive:You can earn a reward for successfully referring a friend or family member
  • Bonus: Scheme in place for all employees at management level and below

For a full list of our Company benefits please visit our website.

Leonardo is a global high-tech company and one of the key players in Aerospace, Defence and Security. Headquartered in Italy, Leonardo has over 45,000 employees, of which 8,000 are based at 8 sites throughout the UK.

At Leonardo UK, we believe that a diverse and inclusive work environment unlocks our people's full potential and drives innovation and creativity. We work hard to offer a welcoming, accessible and inclusive place to work for all of our people, creating a culture where everyone can thrive, feel safe and have a sense of belonging and connection.

This is a great opportunity to bring your talents and form an integral part of Leonardo's future. We can help you develop your skills and offer great opportunities to develop and grow, so why not join us.

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