Head of Computational Group

R&D Full-time Position Oxfordshire
Who we are

WaveOptics is a world-leading designer and manufacturer of revolutionary Augmented Reality (AR) waveguides. Our waveguides have a balance of attributes that deliver a superior display to the widest range of users with a high level of comfort.

The Role

You will be developing and maintaining applications that model the behaviour of light using raytracing techniques, and are utilised by our team of R&D scientists to design our world-beating Augmented Reality waveguide displays. This role requires both computational physics and computer science experience

You will

  • This role will be based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire reporting into our Chief Scientist, you will be managing a team with their own specialist skills in JavaScript, C++, Python, Machine learning
  • You will be responsible for the team’s timely delivery of high quality software solutions, working towards long term goals through a set of intermediate milestones
  • You will specify and develop tools to model and optimise the behaviour of complex optical systems, including diffraction, raytracing, and polarization effects
  • Drive efficiency in research and development utilising project management methods to guarantee projects are delivered on time
  • Collaborating closely with our technical experts to develop and maintain new features as needed
  • Work with our IT team to find and utilise efficient data storage methods
  • Correlate modelled with measured results, to improve the fidelity and predictive power of models
  • Incorporate data from physical measurements of nanostructures into models (from SEM, AFM etc)

What we like to see

  • Leadership level expertise in Computer Science, Mathematics, Optics OR Physics
  • Strong algorithm development, numerical optimisation and programming skills (C++,
  • Python, MATLAB)
  • Experience in working through whole software development lifecycle.
  • A proven track record of leading teams to deliver high quality code within set deadlines.
  • Expertise in physical/wave optical modelling and verification techniques (FDTD,
  • RCWA/FMM etc)
  • Solid understanding of optical raytracing algorithms
  • Numerical analysis and data visualization using tools such as MATLAB or the Scientific Python stack
  • Strong verbal / written communication and reasoning skills
  • You will be an organised individual with an ability to oversee numerous projects
  • simultaneously with experience leading a team to solve modelling problems


  • Understanding of colorimetry, photometry and visual optics.
  • Understanding of polarisation measurement and modelling, including Jones/Mueller
  • calculus, and related techniques.

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Empowering values

At WaveOptics you will be trusted and empowered to deliver interesting and challenging projects.

Award-winning innovation

We have a knowledgeable and diverse team working at the forefront of AR and we value people who share our commitment to innovation. We have received multiple awards, such as SPIE Prism award in 2020 and 2021.

“Work with the best people”

“I decided to join WaveOptics because it is carrying out R&D at the cutting edge of modern nano-photonics. The tasks that we are working on are very challenging and the only way to accomplish them is to work with the best people, and this is exactly how I would describe the team.” ARSENY ALEXEEV, DIRECTOR OF WAVEGUIDE DEVELOPMENT

Perks & Benefits


  • Paid maternity, paternity, and family caregiver leave
  • Adoption, surrogacy, infertility, and fertility preservation benefits
  • Short-term disability, long-term disability, life insurance, and AD&D insurance


  • Comprehensive medical coverage
  • Dental coverage, including orthodontia benefits
  • Vision coverage


  • Gym perks and discounts
  • Team fitness classes, hikes, and races
  • Sports leagues
  • Cooking and nutritional workshops

Financial Fitness

  • Rocket Lawyer memberships
  • Financial education programs
  • Compensation packages that let you share in Snap’s long-term success


  • Generous time off and leave programs
  • Meditation and yoga classes
  • Emotional and mental health support programs and apps
  • Speaker series, classes, and subscriptions to educational programs
  • Social gatherings, team outings, and volunteering programs

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