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Optical Engineer / Scientist

Date: 25-Jun-2022

Location: Adelaide, South Australia, AU

Company: QinetiQ

QinetiQ employs more than 6000 people in 51 locations around the world, offering our customers premier expertise in advice, services and creative technology-based products.


QinetiQ Australia, part of the global QinetiQ group, provides technological and scientific expertise to help customers protect and advance their vital interests. As an innovative science and technology company, we help solve some of our customers' most challenging problems. Our determination to deliver and improve today and anticipate and shape tomorrow, makes QinetiQ a very exciting, rewarding and respected place to work and learn.


QinetiQ is developing at an incredible pace year on year and we’re not slowing down!


This is an exciting phase in our history and we are looking for a skilled Optical Engineer / Scientist based in Adelaide to join our Engieering Division as we embark on our next phase of growth.

You’ll share our values of Performance, Collaboration and Integrity, and our purpose to protect the safety and security of our nation. Joining our talented team, you will be part of a diverse and inclusive environment with an enviable culture which inspires our people to deliver their best work.


About the Role


Using leading edge technology to establish sovereign industry capability, the Optical Engineer / Scientist, will support the delivery of innovative laser systems including laser weapons from concept development and laboratory experiments through to engineering design, build and test. 


Responsibilities include;

  • Advise on the optical design aspects of laser and optical subsystems including beam control & safety considerations.
  • Planning and technical leadership of projects as appropriate.
  • Providing input to larger projects as part of a team of subject matter experts
  • Undertaking technical tasks relating to HEL development, test and evaluation
  • Engaging with relevant stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds
  • Assist in establishing and maturing a new laser lab including design considerations, and various equipment installation
  • Support system integration and field testing of high power laser systems.
  • Contribute ideas for internal investment and develop intellectual property for business growth.
  • Share knowledge through reports and presentations to colleagues and customers 



To be successful for the role of Optical Engineer / Scientist you will need:

  • Working knowledge of lasers systems, optics, and basic properties of laser beams.
  • Extensive experience in setting up or constructing laser orientated experiments or products
  • Experience in modelling, experimentation, test and evaluation and analysis.
  • Good working knowledge of laboratory test and measurement equipment..

Experience in the following is highly desirable

  • Fibre lasers (of any sort)Handling optical fibres including splicing, cleaving and characterisation
  • Optical engineering and optical design modelling
  • Any theoretical modelling or simulation, particularly with propagation of light in atmosphere or thermal modelling due to absorption of optical radiation
  • Laser optics at kW level, preferably including fibre lasers, beam quality management and Opto/thermomechanical effects
  • Characterization of narrow linewidth laser sources
  • Data analysis and machine control in Matlab and/or Labview
  • Professional standard optical design tools such as Zemax, and related 3D engineering or modelling packages.
  • Awareness of Systems engineering practices
  • Advanced laser technologies (active phase locking, spectrum broadening through modulation, auto-alignment technologies, length matching optical fibres, etc.)
  • Non-linear optics


*Applicants MUST be eligible to hold an Australian Government security clearance*

QinetiQ conducts pre-employment screening, including but not limited to identity verification and police checks, for all preferred candidates


Life at QinetiQ

Are you ready to be part of a game-changing team leading the development of tomorrow’s technology? When you join QinetiQ, you’ll work alongside some of the industry’s most brilliant minds. We offer generous benefits to support you throughout each stage of your career, including industry-leading flexibility and generous performance rewards.

At QinetiQ, our competitive remuneration and benefits package supports your evolving needs throughout your career.   You’ll share in the company’s success, and be rewarded for your own. We’ll invest in your professional development and provide an inclusive environment for you to succeed. Some of our benefits include:


  • Individual Professional development allowance
  • Flexible work
  • Leave purchase
  • Loyalty leave
  • Individual and company performance bonuses
  • Complimentary salary continuance insurance
  • Annual volunteering leave with Operation Give Back


A full list of our employee benefits can be found here:


As the defence industry in Australia grows, it is an exciting time to join QinetiQ. What the company looks like today will be different to that of tomorrow as we navigate an ever changing world. To innovate for our customers advantage we value the need for diversity of thought in everything we do. We provide a flexible and inclusive environment where our people can bring their whole selves to work,  meaningfully contribute and have equal opportunity to succeed. We actively seek applications from people who come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Aligned with our Gender Equality Strategy and Reconciliation Action Plan we also encourage applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.