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KTP Associate - Laser Engineer

Heriot-Watt University - School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Location: Edinburgh
Salary: £32,000 to £40,000
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th January 2020
Closes: 28th February 2020
Job Ref: IRC25325

This is a high-impact opportunity to lead the collaborative project transferring high power mid-infrared slab laser technology developed by Heriot-Watt University to Leonardo MW Ltd, Edinburgh. This Knowledge Transfer Partnership is funded by Innovate UK, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council and Scottish Funding Council with direct investment by Leonardo MW Ltd.

The position is co-located at the Leonardo site in Edinburgh and at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, utilising our modern laser research facilities and world-class optics and laser development teams.

Leonardo is the UK’s largest manufacturer of the sensors and electronic systems which sit under the skin of the world’s most advanced aircraft, effectively acting as their brains, senses and nervous systems. Protecting pilots, alerting air crews to threats and providing unrivalled situational awareness, our world-class engineering and technology informs decision-making and helps ensure that those in harm’s way come home safely. The Edinburgh site is home to our world-leading laser capability, with our engineers meeting around 80% of the global demand for high-energy military lasers.

The successful candidate will rapidly embrace the body of knowledge vested in the Heriot-Watt research team in high-power mid-infrared slab lasers and will grasp the technical challenges of optimising every single design parameter to achieve reliable, high-power laser operation of these specialist lasers. We will manage the technical risk of the project, by balancing the need for a compact Tm-slab laser design which is manufacturable, which at the same time pushes the performance boundaries for conductively-cooled high power slab lasers. The associate will engage constructively with Leonardo engineers to determine the optimum design, and deliver a new demonstrator system which allows for a significant increase in power (~x6 improvement over the existing product range) whilst maintaining, or reducing, the overall physical size of the existing Leonardo laser products. This will be underpinned by conducting practical work in the development laboratories at both sites, which will lead to the full exploitation of this new technology.

Strong candidates will have, or will soon have, an Engineering Doctorate or PhD with relevant expertise in diode-pumped solid-state laser development. The ideal candidate will also have evidence of enabling technology transfer from research lab to industrial uptake, or in-work experience of laser product design and development.

An appreciation of the optical, mechanical, thermal and electrical design aspects of laser systems is beneficial and it is desirable that the candidate has experience working in a laser research and development or manufacturing environment.

The position is available for 24 months

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