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Technician (Assembly, Integration & Test)

Living Optics

Living Optics

Oxford, UK
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024
About Us

At Living Optics, we build hyperspectral cameras. Our devices see information inaccessible to the human eye and convention cameras enabling our customers to do a whole range of things more efficiently from food production to improvements in security and healthcare.

We are a thriving start up at the stage where we have launched our first camera product. You will be joining a team with a broad range of experiences and backgrounds. You will have an impact on our product, our team and our customers. As our number of customers grow, so do we, and we are looking for a Technician to join our team.

About The Role

You will play a crucial role in ensuring we build quality products. As a member of our production team you will be exposed to all aspects of our production operation from incoming parts inspection through to outgoing customer shipments.

This role is ideally suited to someone with a keen interest in developing their career and experience in manufacturing engineering. We will provide support and mentoring to help you.



  • Kitting builds, product assembly and test
  • Maintenance of work instructions and generation of production records
  • Performing equipment calibrations and product testing
  • Goods-in quality inspections, stores and inventory management
  • Configuration, packing and shipment of product to customers
  • Contributing to enhancement of our processes, continuous improvement and rapid prototyping activities

We are looking for specific skills and experience which are crucial for this role, so we have thought carefully about what's essential and our desirable skills really are nice-to-haves. We support and encourage development and we hope the right candidate will grow along with our business.

Essential Requirements

  • You will be organised and pay attention to detail with the ability to follow processes safely, diligently and with the minimum of supervision
  • Able to interpret work instructions, quality, manufacturing and test standard procedures, work from 3D CAD and assembly drawings
  • Hands-on experience working in a laboratory, manufacturing and/or equipment test
  • Strong computer and IT skills
  • HNC (Level 4) or higher in Engineering or equivalent industrial experience

Desirable Requirements

  • Some experience in assembly and test of: scientific instruments, cameras, opto-mechanics, electronics/computing assemblies

Location and Commitments

  • Onsite at our Oxfordshire HQ
  • Full-time but we can accommodate when life means you might need some flexibility
  • Permanent


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's 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 centre 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!