TTP plc. Full-time 2019-06-07

Optical Engineer

  • Location
    Cambridge, United Kingdom


Apply your optics expertise to make a real difference to people’s lives by creating new products across a wide range of applications, from detecting infectious diseases to making autonomous cars safer.

We are looking for somebody with great enthusiasm to deepen their knowledge of optics by working on a range of exciting projects. Perhaps you have used ray-tracing programs such as Zemax to design new equipment, or maybe you have hands-on experience developing or maintaining pulsed lasers systems in your lab. Either way, you are interested in designing and building complex optical systems and want to develop these skills further.

At TTP we work together with ambitious companies to invent ground-breaking new products. As such, you will have the opportunity to work on multiple projects simultaneously, offering variety in day-to-day activities and exposure to a range of industries. For example, you may be challenged to create a hospital diagnostic device at a disruptively low price point by applying novel optical techniques from academic papers to a real-world problem. By working in multi-disciplinary teams with world-class colleagues you will see your inventions prototyped, tested and developed into manufacturable products.

Through continued exposure to challenging problems, you will deepen your optics expertise while gaining a broader capability in technology development. There is an opportunity for this role to evolve beyond the technical sphere over time as you grow strong, collaborative relationships with colleagues and clients alike. With experience, your combination of increasing market and technology insight will enable you to uncover valuable new opportunities and even develop new areas of business.


The essential requirements for this role are:

  • Academic excellence. A Masters or PhD in Physics, Engineering or a related discipline.
  • Relevant experience. At least 2 years working at the cutting edge of optics or photonics, either in industry or in academia.
  • Insatiable curiosity. Whether it’s new technology, unfamiliar engineering principles or how a business makes money, you dig deep to generate valuable insight.
  • Communication skills. You enjoy collaborating and presenting your work to others and explaining why it matters to them.
  • Drive. You seek new responsibilities, take on challenging objectives, and pursue them with tenacity and pragmatism.


TTP is an employee-owned business operating from pleasant surroundings on our own Science Park in Melbourn, South Cambridgeshire. Our working culture encourages entrepreneurship, shared ideas and technical collaboration, while providing you the freedom to do your best work. We also offer fantastic employee benefits including:

  • Employer pension contribution of 12% (+3% personal contribution)
  • Profit related bonus
  • Enhanced share purchase scheme
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Life insurance
  • 25 days’ annual holiday plus bank holidays
  • Discounts and memberships to local sports facilities and the theatre
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • A comprehensive relocation package is also available, if applicable.

How to apply

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