Optalysys is seeking a talented and enthusiastic research and development engineer to join this pioneering team.

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Requisition ID: OPT004 Location: West Yorkshire
Position: Full-time Salary: TBD
Posted date: 6/2/2017 Status: Accepting Applications

Role Description:

Optalysys is developing optical systems to meet the demand for ever more powerful and efficient computing platforms. We are creating systems based on optical processing technology that enable significant increases in processing speed for specific tasks, while using a fraction of the energy. We aspire to build a device that will provide nearly 200x the processing capability using 1/6000th of the energy in comparison to the current fastest high performance computer.

The first application of this technology is a genetic sequence alignment coprocessor to be released at the end of 2017. However, we are also exploring – in the context of a number of research projects with international partners – applications of this technology to numerical scientific computing, where this role would focus.

We are seeking a member of the research and development team. The successful applicant will help develop the exciting optical coprocessor technology, while identifying how its capability can be utilised in different application spaces.


Essential Qualifications:

  • A good Master’s degree (or higher) in a highly numerate subject (computer science, maths, engineering, physics)
  • Scientific programming ability (ideally MATLAB)
  • A basic grounding in Fourier theory
  • Ability to self-direct in a targeted R&D environment
  • Enthusiasm for problem solving – a ‘hacker’ mentality
  • Strong written, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Right to work in the U.K.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • A PhD in a numerate discipline, or experience working in industrial research
  • Experience working in a research environment
  • Experience working with optics
  • Experience working with lasers and spatial light modulators
  • Experience working on scientific computing projects

Role Responsibilities:

  • Work as part of a small team delivering a prototype optical processor to evaluate discrete Fourier transforms
  • Developing the optical hardware required by the project
  • Developing algorithms to exploit the optical Fourier transform for different application areas
  • Identifying how the system can be used to solve different problems and developing application integration
  • Characterising optical components and overall system performance
  • Work effectively with global teams and corporate partners, sharing ideas and progress
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