Optical Research Engineer (18-11-031)

Job Description

We are looking for an Optical Research Engineer for our client ESTEC, to support the engineering and laboratory activities of the Optics Laboratory. Your tasks will include: 

  • Optical system requirements specification, design, engineering, manufacturing and verification.
  • Optical component technology, including micro-optics, fibre and passive integrated optics.
  • Optical communications.
  • Imaging lidars, laser metrology and ranging.
  • Interferometry and optical aperture synthesis.
  • Spectro-radiometric imaging instruments operating in the visible and infrared.


  • General maintenance and servicing of optical, electro optical and electronics measurement equipment and instrumentation in order to assure that the relevant equipment is in an operational state.
  • General operation and maintenance of the Optics Laboratory cleanroom.
  • Procurement of laboratory materials, optical elements and components, chemicals and consumables.
  • Contribution to the identification, selection and specification of new (capital) equipment, and execution of the annual laboratory investment plan.
  • Installation and maintenance of computer software and hardware for measurement, data acquisition and analysis.
  • Stock and equipment inventory tracking.
  • Logging of all laboratory activities.
  • Implementation of applicable safety rules and regulations.
  • Maintenance of the procedures accredited under the ISO 17025 Quality Management System, development of new procedures and participation in the annual audits process (both internal and external).
  • Planning, setting-up and execution of experiments and measurements of optical and Opto-electronics systems, devices and components.
  • Provision of expert advice on optical test and verification methods, use of optical materials, optical design and optical system performance analysis (including Straylight) issues in support of ESA projects and technology R&D activities with industry and academic or research institutes.
  • Analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of optical measurement data and results and provision of formal written reports to the laboratory customers.

Required Skills and Experience

  • At least four years' project and/or industrial experience in the design, engineering and testing and verification of various types of optical instrumentation.
  • Solid experience in precision optical measurements at system, sub-assembly and component level.
  • Good technical judgement, analytical and excellent verbal and written communication skills, in the English language.
  • Experience in space project work, and of operations in a cleanroom environment.
  • Knowledge and or experience in the use and application of the ISO 9000 series or ISO 17025 standards for quality management of test laboratories.

Work Location

Noordwijk, Netherlands


Start of Work: September 2018

Application Deadline: 25 June 2018

Important Notes

Before applying to this position, please read the page How to Apply.
Applicants must be EU citizens or have a valid work and residence permit in Germany.
Security, identity and reference checks on the candidates are part of the recruitment process.

Job Application

Please send your applications electronically to career@solenix.ch before the application deadline 25 June 2018.