Research Engineer


For Innovate-UK project 133092, Quantum Enhanced Sensing of Trace Compounds in Sealed Containers, in collaboration with the University of Oxford

About You

We are looking for a talented and proactive scientist/engineer with experience working in an optics lab or other hands-on environment to join our team and be part of a
UK government funded collaborative project with the University of Oxford physics department. We seek a self-motivated independent thinker who nevertheless also enjoys working in a team. An affinity for tinkering is an absolute must. If you don’t shy away from making or fixing things, this job is for you.

The Role

In this role, you will be working with high-calibre physicists on the design and development of a novel type of spectrometre exploiting quantum effects. You will be working in a team of researchers at the post-doctoral or post-graduate level to transfer cutting-edge technology working in the lab at the single atom level to a commercial setting, and developing a commercially ready device. The actual lab work will involve lasers, fibre optics, photodetection, optomechanics, electronics, some programming, and of course, spectroscopy.


The work will take place mostly at VeriVin’s own premises, with frequent visits to the Oxford University physics department and our industry partner in the south of England. The dreaming spires of Oxford, near a train station with direct access to London.


A PhD in physics, engineering or a similar field, though we will consider candidates with a masters or even an undergraduate degree if they demonstrate an equivalent level of experience.


Experience working in a lab or other hands-on environment is a must. Tinkerers welcome. If you are good at making stuff (or taking it apart and putting it back together), then this job is for you.


Essential: Optomechanics, electronics, optics, spectroscopy (e.g. SRS or CARS) and programming (LabView, Matlab, Python, C++). Must be proficient in English and have permission to work in the UK.

Desirable: Knowledge of quantum optics/quantum mechanics and/or some understanding of organic chemistry. As there will be some travel, a driving license would also be useful.

Bonus: Knowledge of wine chemistry or even just an appreciation of wine. Company Culture

This is a unique opportunity to do hands-on science in a start-up environment and not only work alongside high-calibre physicists from the University of Oxford but also get a sneak peek into the wine and spirits industry and the Oxford start-up ecosystem. You will be working closely with the start-up founder, and will have the opportunity to get acquainted with some of the other aspects of the start-up process. We are essentially entrepreneurial physics nerds with a serious work ethic who like to drink wine.


Between £35k and £45k pa depending on experience and qualification

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send an email to with a CV and a supporting statement. Your supporting statement should explain how you meet each 
of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience. This may include experience gained in employment, education, or during career breaks. You will also be asked to provide proof of your permission to work in the UK and details of two referees.

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