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R&D Processes Engineer, Hardware



Other 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.

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 R&D New Processes Engineer to join our Snap Lab team in Oxfordshire! The successful candidate will join our talented multidisciplinary team to develop new tools and processes that will enable next generation nanophotonics and related systems for our world-leading augmented reality displays.

What you’ll do:

  • Work on in-house early stage development of novel ways of fabricating augmented reality waveguides.

  • Make important contributions to new and existing automation processes.

  • Collaborate with internal and external teams across a variety of disciplines and global locations. This will involve occasional travel within the UK and abroad.

  • Collaborate with equipment vendors and suppliers to identify and source new components and systems.

  • Assist in transfer and dissemination of process knowledge within the company.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrable record of hands-on process development with good attention to detail.

  • Experience of building tools to develop processes to proof-of-concept level.

  • Experience of mechanical design, mechatronics and industrial automation (robotics, machine vision, inline measurement and monitoring).

  • Ability to communicate effectively across disciplines and team structures.

  • Ability to work independently or closely with colleagues as required.

  • Shows curiosity and a strong problem solving ability.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Experience of optics or semiconductor manufacturing.

  • Experience of a variety of industrial assembly or manufacturing processes.

  • Knowledge of CAD (SolidWorks or NX) and GD&T, programming (e.g. Python, Matlab) and quality management systems.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters (MEng, MSc or equivalent) in an engineering discipline or related field; equivalent experience will also be considered.

  • Extensive years of experience in an industrial research and development environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Higher research degree (PhD, EngD or equivalent) in an engineering discipline or related field.

"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 at least 4+ days per week.

We offer a competitive minimum salary of £74,000 which is commensurate with your qualifications and experience and the level of this role. This position is eligible for equity in the form of RSUs. Our compensation philosophy is designed to attract and retain top talent in the industry.

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!