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Optical Engineer



Software Engineering
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 its AR glasses, Spectacles.

We are looking for an Optical Engineer Intern to join us for a 13-week Summer 2024 Internship Program in Abingdon, Oxfordshire UK.

What you'll do:

  • Work with engineers to define and execute process DOEs to optimise current process cycle times and throughputs, as well as develop processes for new materials for applications in optics and photonics.

  • Assist engineers in resolving issues related to materials and manufacturing processes.

  • Create or update fabrication and metrology process procedural documentation.

  • The role is very hand-on, and will make use of a brand new cleanroom with an extensive range of tools and analytical instruments.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of both standard and novel materials for photonic applications, along with good understanding of nanofabrication processes.

  • Hands-on experience in one or more of the following lithography processes: Nanoimprint lithography, E-beam lithography and Photolithography.

  • Hands-on experience in one or more of the following metrology techniques: Atomic force microscopy (AFM), Ellipsometry, Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Profilometry.

  • Strong background in data analysis and visualisation using JMP, Matlab, Python etc.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and reasoning skills

  • Ability to collaborate with other engineers and cross-functional partners

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelors/Masters program in Electronics, Physics, Nanotechnology or a similar discipline with a graduation date no sooner than December 2024

  • Student must be in final year of University

  • Must be able to start in Abingdon office in May/June 2024

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in working with high refractive index glasses or UV curable polymers for photonic applications

  • Internship or academic experience working on projects related to nanofabrication and nanometrology

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 practise a “default together” approach and expect our team members to work in an office at least 80% of the time (an average of 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!