Careers

Vector Photonics is currently recruiting for the following positions:

To apply, please send a current CV with covering letter to admin@vectorphotonics.com.

About Vector Photonics

Vector Photonics is a spin out from the University of Glasgow. Founded in 2020 Vector Photonics’ patented award-winning technology unlocks the next generation of semiconductor-lasers.

By embedding 2D-photonic crystal gratings within the laser, we create enhanced surface emitted power, wavelength control, beam quality and steering. Vector Photonics is a fabless, laser supplier of disruptive technology to multiple markets. Vector Photonics’ technology has won multiple awards from the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), as well as being shortlisted for the final of ‘Kickstart Challenge’ and the semi-final of ‘Converge Challenge’, as well as being accepted onto the RBS accelerator in Glasgow.

The Vector Photonics team has over 50 years of R&D experience as well as over 50 Years of commercial experience in III-V semiconductor photonics. Recently winning funding to develop surface emitting lasers for the data communications market, and we are now recruiting an engineering team to deliver the project.

Our vision: To be a world leading supplier of Surface Emitting Semiconductor Lasers for unmet needs in current and emerging high-growth applications.

Engineering Technician

Location: Glasgow
Salary: £19,500 – £23,500 dependent on experience
Start Date: Immediately
Duration: Full time

 

Job Role

We have an exciting opportunity for a candidate with the drive, commitment, skills and experience to join our team as Engineering Technician with a view to undertaking a Graduate Apprenticeship in Engineering: Instrumentation, Measurement and Control. This is a varied role, which covers a number of technical disciplines, for which full training will be provided. You will work alongside and in a supporting capacity to the Engineering Team.

Personal Attributes:

  • A keen interest in electrical/electronic engineering.
  • A willingness to undertake further training and study *It is envisaged that the candidate will apply to join the Graduate Apprenticeship scheme in due course* Apprenticeships | Graduate Apprenticeships.
  • Highly motivated self starter with the drive and determination to develop self and others.
  • Effective written and spoken communication skills, displaying confidence in making engaging presentations to others.
  • Flexible, adaptable approach and a strong ability to work with others.
  • Able to follow instructions and work processes.
  • Organised with good planning skills and the ability to manage your time and prioritise effectively.
  • Understand the importance of honouring commitments to self, colleagues, customers and other stakeholders.
  • Embrace our Vision, Mission and Culture.
  • Be an ambassador for Vector Photonics at all times – upholding company standards, taking ownership of workload and any issues and being a role model for other members of the team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Testing of Laser Diodes.
  • Soldering of electronic parts.
  • Mounting and packaging of laser diodes.
  • Use existing test programs and instruments to generate reports.
  • Work towards designing and implementing new test systems for advanced laser test.
  • Maintain and develop existing automated control systems.
  • Producing technical documents including test reports and process documentation.
  • Raising and tracking purchase orders for lab consumables.
  • Stock control of lab consumables.
  • Checking deliveries and updating stock records.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/group meetings.
  • Comply with and advocate safety management related to work in laboratories and/or maintaining equipment and processes that are brought in-house.
  • Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.
  • Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by your line manager.

These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks which the staff member may be reasonably expected to perform.

Knowledge, qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Have achieved or be on track to achieve 3 ‘B’ at Advanced Higher including Mathematics and Physics or HND in an Engineering discipline.
  • Demonstrable experience of having worked as a team player.
  • Self-motivation, initiative and independent thought/working.
  • Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to admin@vectorphotonics.com

Engineering Program Manager

Location: Glasgow
Start Date: TBC
Duration: Full time

 

Job Role

We have an exciting opportunity for a candidate with the drive, commitment, skills and experience to
join our team as “Engineering Program Manager”

Personal Attributes:

  • Team player – open and supportive to others
  • Organised and conscientious
  • Willing to challenge and comfortable being challenged
  • Results orientated with a focus on quality and on time delivery
  • Understand the importance of honouring commitments to self, colleagues, customers and
    other stakeholders
  • Embrace our Vision, Mission and Culture
  • Be an ambassador for Vector Photonics at all times – upholding company standards, taking
    ownership of workload and any issues and being a role model for other members of the
    team

Key Responsibilities:

  • Control the management of significant programs and projects to successful outcomes and within
    agreed timescales
  • Continually develop program and project management processes and practices
  • Leading the planning and execution of projects and major activities.
  • Defining a project’s scope and goals that are aligned with the product requirements.
  • Creating project documentation and project plans; scheduling project timelines. Including: Work
    breakdown structures, Gantt , Critical path analysis, Resource analysis, Slippage, Cost, dashboard
    creation and reporting
  • Resource planning and allocation
  • Assuring adherence to the project governance requirements
  • Carrying out structured risk and issue assessment and management.
  • Managing project administration
  • Meeting budgetary objectives
  • Reporting regularly to the senior leadership team
  • Managing client and stakeholder relationships and communication
  • Tracking project performance
  • Project evaluations and results measurement
  • Identify suitable grants and aid in writing grant proposals
  • Work closely with project partners (companies, customers, universities, RTO’s, etc.) to deliver
    project objectives
  • Support in developing IP portfolio including patents

Knowledge, Skills, Experience

  • Technical degree (e.g. Electronics, Physics or other relevant discipline)
  • At least three years’ experience of managing and reporting on technical projects and
    programmes (people, tasks, resources, budget) using a structured project management
    methodology e.g. Phase Gate; ideally in a semiconductor or similar environment
  • Six Sigma or other methodology certification preferred
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team

To apply, please send CV and covering letter to admin@vectorphotonics.com

Senior Engineer

Location: Glasgow
Start Date: TBC
Duration: Full time

 

Job Role

As a senior engineer you will work alongside and in conjunction with the CTO and Director of Product Development to design and simulate semiconductor lasers, the fabrication of these device will be outsourced, and the team will teas and analyses the devices, comparing results against international standards and modifying designs accordingly.

The job requires expert knowledge in design, development and testing of III-V semiconductor optical sources (e.g. lasers, diodes, optical amplifiers, etc) and/or hybrid integration of semiconductor devices.

Perform the following activities:

  • Plan and conduct assigned R&D work individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and department research strategy.
  • Contribute to the acquisition, set up, maintenance and integration of experimental apparatus or computational kit, and in setting up theoretical models and analysis strategies.
  • Contribute to the identification of potential funding sources and to assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from external bodies to support future research.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/group meetings.
  • Be responsible for safety management related to the organisation and running of Laboratory and/or Experimental techniques, equipment and processes as appropriate.
  • Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.
  • Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by your line manager.

These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks which the staff member may be reasonably expected to perform.

Personal Attributes / Competencies

You will be a highly motivated and self-starting individual, with very effective written and spoken communication skills, confident in making presentations to others. You will have a flexible, adaptable approach and a strong ability to work with others.

You will be an exceptional team player, able to work independently, and resourceful in ensuring delivery against agreed deadlines for a wide range of activities. You will have strong planning skills, and ability to manage your time and prioritise effectively. You’ll also be driven to develop yourself and others.

Knowledge/Qualifications/Skills

  • Honours degree in a STEM subject or a cognate discipline, or equivalent.
  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of semiconductor laser design fabrication, test and analysis
  • A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the wider subject area or subject specialism
  • Knowledge of specialist IT software (eg. Matlab, LabView, C, RSoft etc.) as appropriate
  • Ability to design build and optimise automated laboratory test and measurement apparatus.
  • Be able to choose and implement appropriate testing methods of optoelectronic devices
  • Experience of III-V semiconductor optical device development
  • Self motivation, initiative and independent thought/working
  • Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach
  • Hold or be working towards CEng or equivalent – candidates not holding a Chartership will be expected to work towards it and will be allocated time to do so

​To apply, please send a current CV with covering letter to admin@vectorphotonics.com.

Senior Process Engineer

Location: Glasgow
Start Date: TBC
Duration: Full Time

 

Job Role

As a senior engineer you will work alongside and in conjunction with the CTO and Director of Product Development to design, develop processes for semiconductor lasers, the fabrication of these device will be outsourced for volume , and the team will test and analys the devices, comparing results against international standards and modifying designs accordingly.

The job requires expert knowledge in design of processes in III-V materials, preferably III-V semiconductor optical sources (e.g. lasers, diodes, optical amplifiers, etc) and/or hybrid integration of semiconductor devices. The modelling, development and testing of III-V semiconductor optical sources would be advantageous.

Perform the following activities:

  • Plan and conduct assigned R&D work individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and department research strategy.
  • Contribute to the acquisition, set up, maintenance and integration of experimental apparatus or computational kit, and in setting up theoretical models and analysis strategies.
  • Contribute to the identification of potential funding sources and to assist in the development of proposals to secure funding from external bodies to support future research.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and participate in team/group meetings. Mentor and support junior staff and provide written high quality procedural instruction to internal and external collaborators.
  • Be responsible for safety management related to the organisation and running of Laboratory and/or Experimental techniques, equipment and processes as appropriate.
  • Keep up to date with current knowledge and recent advances in the field/discipline.
  • Undertake any other duties of equivalent standing as assigned by your line manager.

These key tasks are not intended to be exhaustive but simply highlight a number of major tasks which the staff member may be reasonably expected to perform.

Personal Attributes / Competencies

You will be a highly motivated and self-starting individual, with very effective written and spoken communication skills, confident in making presentations to others. You will have a flexible, adaptable approach and a strong ability to work with others.

You will be an exceptional team player, able to work independently, and resourceful in ensuring delivery against agreed deadlines for a wide range of activities. You will have strong planning skills, and ability to manage your time and prioritise effectively. You’ll also be driven to develop yourself and others.

Knowledge/Qualifications/Skills

  • Honours degree in a STEM subject or a cognate discipline, or equivalent.
  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of semiconductor laser design fabrication, test and analysis
  • A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of the wider subject area or subject specialism
  • Knowledge of specialist IT software (eg. Matlab, LabView, C, RSoft etc.) as appropriate
  • Ability to design build and optimise automated laboratory test and measurement apparatus.
  • Be able to choose and implement appropriate testing methods of optoelectronic devices
  • Experience of III-V semiconductor optical device development
  • Self motivation, initiative and independent thought/working
  • Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach
  • Hold or be working towards CEng or equivalent – candidates not holding a Chartership will be expected to work towards it and will be allocated time to do so

To apply, please send CV and covering letter to admin@vectorphotonics.com

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