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Optical/Mechatronics/Mechanical Engineer - Cambridge

REAL Technical Solutions Limited

Posted on Nov 15, 2021 by REAL Technical Solutions Limited

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Engineering
Immediate Start
£87.5k - £87.5k Annual
Full-Time

Optical/Mechatronics/Mechanical Engineer - Cambridge

£87,500 including benefits - based in Cambridge

This is an opportunity for a talented Optical/Mechatronics/Mechanical Engineer to combine their knowledge of electronics and mechanical engineering. to influence high impact, disruptive projects. The ideal candidate will enjoy being challenged and learning new skills around the core competency described. The solutions developed are overwhelmingly for prototype systems, often with fast iteration rates. They have a fail-fast attitude where experimentation and risk are embraced.

  • Demonstrable expertise using CAD software (preferably Solidworks).
  • Hands-on experience with methods of fabrication to include machining and 3D printing.
  • Experience working with 3rd party suppliers of high-precision, low-volume, custom-designed parts.
  • Experience in micron level precision, micron level positioning and alignment is required.

This project aims to re-imagine an old idea - holographic storage - as a cloud-first design. They are capitalising on the recent exponential improvement and commoditization in optical technologies such as smartphone cameras, as well as the unique opportunity to design at cloud scale.

They seek an experienced Optical/Mechatronics/Mechanical Engineer to develop complete mechanical solutions for future cloud infrastructure working alongside world-leading researchers and engineers. The team is multi-disciplinary, comprising optics, software and electronics experts with a collaborative and agile atmosphere.

A specific and ongoing deliverable will be to update the existing Solidworks models of our experimental rigs to ensure their completeness and accuracy, and periodically to compare the models against the actual state of the rigs, adjusting the models where necessary to that their completeness and accuracy is preserved.

Skillset (Ranked in order of preference) for the Optical/Mechatronics/Mechanical Engineer position:

Required:

  • Demonstrable expertise using CAD software (preferably Solidworks).
  • Hands-on experience with methods of fabrication to include machining and 3D printing.
  • Experience working with 3rd party suppliers of high-precision, low-volume, custom-designed parts.
  • Confidence communicating with colleagues from multi-disciplinary backgrounds across optics and instrument design to understand and present design goals and constraints.

Desirable:

  • Significant experience in the design and implementation of'systems requiring sub-micrometre accuracy and alignment.
  • Experience mitigating vibrations to achieve micron-scale stability over hours-long run times.
  • Experience designing parts to mitigate against long-term mechanical drift.
  • Confidence to work independently to characterise performance of mechanical and optomechanical modules prior to integration into larger research instruments.
  • Experience using version management tools (preferably Solidworks PDM).
  • Familiarity with optical systems including free space optics, waveguide/fibre optics, monolithic optical design.
  • Hands-on experience with a desktop 5-axis CNC mill.
  • Precision motion/alignment.
  • Thermal analysis.
  • Design for Manufacture.
  • Electronics.
  • Simulation tools (preferably Ansys).

Typical Day in the Role of thje Optical/Mechatronics/Mechanical Engineer:

  • Design, source, assemble and test mechanical systems required to support ongoing research activities.
  • Likely to vary from static alignment mounts to actuator mechanisms and'stages.
  • Interactively take and develop requirements from the team to find appropriate solutions in a collaborative environment.
  • The team is agile, and priorities and tasks can change rapidly.

Optical/Mechatronics /Mechanical Engineer - Cambridge

£87,500 including benefits - based in Cambridge

Reference: 1399033118

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