Nanocharacterisation Engineer

R&D Full-time 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: 

We are looking for a Nanocharacterisation Scientist to join the Nanophotonics Technology team. In this role you will be providing advanced measurements service to the internal teams, managing our nanocharacterisation lab, and constantly developing new characterization techniques. 

You will:

  • Complete development of our advanced Nanocharacterisation Lab (several unique, state of the art instruments) and then manage all activities in the lab. 
  • Provide a service of advanced measurements to the rest of the Nanophotonics Technology team, our Manufacturing Department, and other internal teams. 
  • Constantly improve our measurements techniques, search for the new, more advanced methods, and justify purchase of the new characterisation tools. 
  • Troubleshoot manufacturing issues and provide key information to resolve modeling vs experiments performance disparity.  


What we would like to see:

  • MSc or PhD in Physics, Materials, Nanotechnology, Photonics.
  • Hands-on experience (7+ years) with the listed measurement techniques as a “super” user:
    • Required: SEM (various modes), FIB, X-SEM, TEM, EDX, STEM, AFM (various modes), Ellipsometry (experience with imaging ellipsometry is beneficial);
    • Desirable: White Light Interferometry, Fizeau Interferometry, Optical and Stylus Profilometry, FTIR, Nano-IR, Raman spectroscope, XRR, XRD, EELS.  
  • We will prefer someone with a background in nano characterization as the main and possibly the only focus of their job in the past years rather than someone for whom nano characterization was part of their broader range of activities.
  • Numerical analysis and data visualization skills: MATLAB, Scientific Python, JMP, etc. Ideally, strong coding skills for data processing.  
  • Experience of the nanocharacterization equipment acquisition, starting from the analysis of the best solution for a given characterization need and then working closely with the procurement to finalize the purchase and accept the equipment when delivered. 



  • Nanofabrication experience: E-beam / DUV or other advanced lithography, Nano-imprint lithography (NIL), dry and wet etching, deposition techniques (magnetron sputtering, ion assisted deposition, e-beam evaporation, atomic layer deposition, etc.).
  • Experience with optical measurements of diffractive structures or / and optical metamaterials, or similar nanostructures (diffractometry, scatterometry, etc.).

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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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