Optical Design Engineer Industrial Placement 2024

Type: Early Careers Programme
Region: South East

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The role

We are currently looking for an Optical Design Engineer Intern to join our Raman spectroscopy R&D team for a 12-month placement.

In this Optical Design Engineer Intern position, you’ll be embedded in the multi-disciplinary R&D team based at the Harwell Scientific Campus, which is focused on developing world-beating Raman Spectroscopy systems such as the Vaya Raw Material ID system which won an R&D 100 award and demonstrates out patented SORS technology.

If you love Optical Design, have a positive demeanour and pay attention to detail, we want to hear from you! This opportunity will give you a mix of design, experimentation and analysis skills, specifically with lasers, CCDs and Raman Spectroscopy systems, in our dedicated laser labs, working alongside a team of dedicated and enthusiastic scientists and engineers.


  • As this is an Intern position, you need to be studying a course in an applicable field at University and will be returning to that same course upon completion of the internship.
  • No prior experience required; may have up to 2 years of relevant experience.
  • Excellent record keeping, attention to detail, teamwork and communication skills

Any of the following skills would also be desirable:

  • Experience in data collection, analysis & visualization
  • Experience in building and designing laser/optical breadboards/experiments
  • Documenting research and informing application/product design decisions
  • Optical Design in Zemax
  • Analysis using python/R/Matlab
  • Knowledge/experience of optics
  • Knowledge/experience with Raman spectroscopy

What we offer you

An opportunity to work in an international and dynamic working place with exciting challenges and opportunities. As an optics intern, expect to gain experience and development in:

  • Knowledge and experience of working with optical systems from breadboard to final product
  • Experimental design and root cause analysis
  • Working with lasers and laser safety
  • Data science/statistics
  • Working in an interdisciplinary team

As a part of Agilent, you will become part of a company that works according to these values:

  • We move diagnostics forward
  • We care about the needs of our customers and strive to ensure people are treated consistently, fairly and with respect
  • We deliver effective diagnostic solutions valued by our customers
  • We will make sure you get all the training and development opportunities you need to become the best in your field!

Agilent Technologies Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other protected categories under all applicable laws.

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