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Technician / Graduate Technician

Living Optics

Living Optics

Oxford, UK
Posted on Thursday, May 30, 2024
The Role - Technician/ Graduate technician

Living Optics is looking for a graduate engineer to support our product development and production operations. As a member of the production team, you will be hands-on work building our innovative hyperspectral cameras here in the UK, and working to address some of the thorniest problems we have in our new product pipeline. This means that you'll be working with our R&D team to design and build prototype systems and try out new experimental ideas.

This role is a full-time, hands-on, in-person role, using our equipment and tooling at our UK HQ at Milton Park, Abingdon. You will need to be within commuting distance.

This technician role is ideally suited to someone who is near to the start of their career. We will provide training, support and mentoring to help you develop, and as an exciting, growing company, there are opportunities to develop your career in many ways.

Key responsibilities:

  • Assemble, calibrate, and validate our hyperspectral cameras
  • Build prototype optical and mechanical set-ups in our labs, and perform experiments using them, with the assistance of the R&D team.
  • Take a lead in product and process validation and testing.
  • Assist in the product fulfilment lifecycle.
  • Work closely with colleagues to contribute ideas as part of the wider multi-disciplinary team in optics, electronics, and materials for the product.
  • Proactively ensure that our products and work are of the highest quality.
  • Present your findings back to the wider Engineering and Scientific teams.



  • An engineering/production background.
  • Able to work with complicated systems with minimal documentation.
  • Proactive problem solver.
  • Takes a hands-on approach.
  • Awareness of 2D/3D CAD, able to read mechanical drawings.
  • Knowledge of statistical analysis and working with complicated data to extract meaning.
  • Must be within commuting distance of the office
  • Exposure to programming and scripting in Python


  • Experience working with opto-mechanics and electronics.
  • Experience in establishing and validating pilot production lines.
  • Experience in New Production Introduction (NPI), with preference towards the introduction of new technologies.
  • Exposure to the integration of electronics into systems.
  • Experience with lean methodologies or continuous improvement.
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly with written/technical documentation.


  • A competitive salary with employee share option scheme.
  • In addition to bank holidays, 25 days off.
  • Medical and critical illness cover, life assurance and income protection.
  • Matched (increased) pension contributions.
  • Electric car scheme.
  • Cycle to work scheme: discount on new bike purchases.
  • TechScheme: discounts on technology with cost spreading.
  • Employee referral bonuses.
  • We understand that effective people like some comforts, so we have a bright and inviting office space with a stocked kitchen and communal lunch space which is used by all, especially on our team lunch days.

What is it really like working with us?

At Living Optics, we are fiercely proud of our talented workforce, whose creativity, tenacity and skills have enabled us to evolve into a successful, well-funded and rapidly growing company in just a few years. Our headquarters and lab space are at Milton Park, Oxford UK and we are continuing to grow our friendly and diverse global team. We strive to be an outstanding place to work - by maintaining a positive and inclusive culture, offering competitive salaries and benefits and by encouraging ongoing training and development.

Culture is important to us at Living Optics, and we will ask you at interview about your values and how they align with ours. We do our best to exemplify:

People First:

  • At Living Optics our people are the center of our business and drive our decision making.
  • We listen to our people, partners and customers to understand so we can support what they need to achieve.

Curiosity with Purpose:

  • We are passionate about what we do and are committed to achieving our company goals.
  • We are focused on meeting our deadlines, but also make time to have fun, experiment and explore the new.

Challenge Reality:

  • We are ready to challenge what is deemed impossible by exploring new ideas and technology.
  • We embrace different perspectives and are always willing to question the accepted viewpoint.


If this sounds like you and you want to grow your knowledge, capability and ultimately performance then please apply!