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Optical Characterisation Engineer - 9 month FTC



Abingdon, UK
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Snap Inc. is a technology company. We believe the camera presents the greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. Snap contributes to human progress by empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together. The Company’s three core products are Snapchat, a visual messaging app that enhances your relationships with friends, family, and the world; Lens Studio, an augmented reality platform that powers AR across Snapchat and other services; and it's AR glasses, Spectacles.

Snap Lab is home to our hardware products with a world-class research & development team. We are focused on pushing the boundaries of what a camera can be, specifically overlaying computing on the real world. Next Generation Spectacles are our first pair of glasses that bring augmented reality to life.

We’re looking for an Optical Characterisation Engineer to join the Optical Engine Team at Snap Inc!

What you’ll do:

The Optical Engine Team is responsible for the engineering, manufacture and characterisation of Snap’s AR display platform. The team delivers high-quality processes, instrumentation and analysis to characterise and develop the next generation of AR products. You will:

  • Design and build optical measurement instrumentation and test stations for the optical characterization of AR devices and subcomponents.

  • Develop experimental methodology to establish performance of new components and assemblies. .

  • Perform instrumentation calibration and validation.

  • Develop new analysis and processing techniques to better understand and evaluate device performance.

  • Perform root cause analysis of failure mechanisms.

  • Develop and contribute to common codebases for hardware control and analysis

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Understanding of optical experimental methodology and experience in optical laboratory environment

  • Programming (Python preferably)

  • Data and statistical Analysis (Python, JMP)

  • Equipment control and automation

  • Image processing and the use of standard image processing libraries

  • Documentation using standard cloud office software platforms (MS Office, Google Workspace, Atlassian products)

  • Use of code-sharing and control platforms (Git, Bitbucket etc.)

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BSc in Physics, Optics or other relevant engineering experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2 Years experience in optical engineering or PhD in physics, optics or engineering

  • Experience with mechanical design and rapid prototyping of jigs and fixtures

  • Experience in display testing and image quality evaluation

  • Experience in colorimetry and radiometry

  • Experience in AR/VR systems

  • Understanding of manufacturing processes

"Default Together" Policy at Snap: At Snap Inc. we believe that being together in person helps us build our culture faster, reinforce our values, and serve our community, customers and partners better through dynamic collaboration. To reflect this, we practice a “default together” approach and expect our team members to work in an office 4+ days per week.

At Snap, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to create innovative products that improve the way people live and communicate. Snap is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. EOE, including disability/vets. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please don’t be shy and contact us at

Our Benefits: Snap Inc. is its own community, so we’ve got your back! We do our best to make sure you and your loved ones have everything you need to be happy and healthy, on your own terms. Our benefits are built around your needs and include paid parental leave, comprehensive medical coverage, emotional and mental health support programs, and compensation packages that let you share in Snap’s long-term success!