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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: 13th September 2021
Closes: 30th September 2021
Job Ref: 1187

We are currently recruiting a KTP Associate who 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 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.

Heriot-Watt University is leading the development of high power solid-state lasers, with potential applications in industrial material processing and defence. We recently demonstrated the world’s highest power Tm-slab laser operating at the mid-infrared wavelengths of interest to Leonardo, which is the core knowledge and technology that will be transferred in this KTP.

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.

An enhanced professional development package is provided through the KTP programme.

For full application details and a list of essential and desirable criteria:

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For further details and informal enquiries please contact Prof Daniel Esser via email at M.J.D.Esser@hw.ac.uk

The successful candidate should hold a relevant Masters degree with additional 2+ years of further R&D experience.

It is essential that the candidate must be able to pass the appropriate security screening to work closely with Leonardo engineers and at the Leonardo research sites

Contract:  Fixed term 13 Months (possibly 16 months, contingent on 3 month extension being agreed prior to appointment)

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