Optical Design Engineer


  • Portsmouth
  • Permanent
  • Full-time
  • 2 months ago
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Optical Design Engineer

Posting date 12 Nov 2020

Division Airbus Defence and Space

Location Portsmouth, United Kingdom

External code JR10043950

Job family Chief Engineering & Architecture

Contract type Permanent Contract

Experience level Professional

Working Time Full time

Optical Design Engineer


AIRBUS Defence and Space Limited

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2019 it generated revenues of € 70.5 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world's leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other's expertise and experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary - on the ground, in the sky and in space.

Job Description

We are looking for an Optical performance, calibration and characterisation, and data processing Engineer to work on the design, development and analysis of Optical/Hyperspectral Earth Observation instrumentation.

Reporting to the Optical Engineering Lead, you will join our Earth Observation department at Airbus Defence and Space in Portsmouth. Previous experience in optical performance analysis is essential.

You will be subject to a BPSS check (including a criminal record check).

Tasks & Accountabilities

Responsible for the performance of optical/hyperspectral instrumentation designs, undertaking detailed performance analysis at all levels.

Define calibration and characterisation strategies for optical/hyperspectral systems.

Support data processing and algorithm development.

Interpret and apportion customer requirement into optical system/subsystems requirements. Perform functional analysis and decomposition of performance requirements, management of requirements traceability and verification control. Ensure adequate margins to guarantee performance over life and all operational environments.

Review detailed optical analyses, including straylight, polarisation, and sensitivities. Review Opto-Mechanical Analysis.

Coordinate and work with other engineering disciplines to develop robust technical solutions for the space environment and to maintain up-to-date requirement specifications on contractors or suppliers. Take into account all aspects including; reliability, failure effects, reusability, schedule, quality, cost, risk, safety and performance.

Work with subcontractors and suppliers to establish realistic requirements at system level and critically review their designs and analyses, negotiating technical issues to achieve overall satisfactory performance from the system.

Contribute to R&D planning, product development and technical coordination with other business units. Participate in advanced state of the art systems studies with particular emphasis on innovative ideas and concepts.

Required Skills & Experience

A good understanding of optical design, analyses methods and optical tolerancing

Knowledge of fabrication and testing techniques for optical components and systems

Hardware development experience

What We Can Offer You

In return we can offer a competitive salary with annual profit share; an ever growing list of company benefits including enhanced pay for maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave and very strong, very real strong career development options across our transnational, market leading company.

Many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need. We can't promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.

Please let us know if you need us to make any reasonable adjustments for the selection process - you can share this with the Recruitment Business Partner who gets in touch if you are invited to interview. Examples of this may include (but is not exclusive to) accessible facilities; auxiliary aids; room layout etc. Any information disclosed will be treated in the strictest confidence.#LI-AS1

This job requires an awareness of any potential compliance risks and a commitment to act with integrity, as the foundation for the Company's success, reputation and sustainable growth.

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Airbus is committed to achieving workforce diversity and creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome all applications irrespective of social and cultural background, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.


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