Waveguide Modelling Engineer

R&D Full-time Position Oxfordshire, UK
Who we are

Join WaveOptics to be part of the team delivering the key components for augmented reality eyewear. We are pioneering AR optical engine design for the consumer market.

The role:

You will be part of our R&D team delivering innovative products to the AR market. Based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire this position would be reporting into our Head of Products and Capabilities.

We’re currently looking for a Waveguide Modelling Engineer to join our Oxfordshire based team. You will focus on research and development of next generation products and optimisation of existing products. 

The role:

  • As a Waveguide Modelling Engineer you will be part of our R&D team delivering innovative products to the augmented reality market
  • You will apply in-house optical modelling techniques for development of new product designs to deliver next generation of optical displays
  • You will have great problem-solving skills and research and develop new optical modelling approaches
  • 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 need to see:

  • Masters/PhD in mathematics, physics or engineering
  • Expertise in physical/wave optical or diffractive optics modelling and verification techniques (FDTD, RCWA/FMM etc) or solid knowledge of electromagnetic modelling
  • Strong algorithm development, numerical optimisation and scripting skills (Python or MATLAB)
  • Experience of optical metrology techniques to verify performance of diffractive structures
  • Understanding of colorimetry, photometry and visual optics
  • Understanding of polarisation measurement and modelling, including Jones calculus and related techniques
  • Happy to adapt to short timescales and deliverables
  • Can demonstrate good organisation and planning suitable for R&D projects


  • Experience of designing diffractive structures using algorithmic approaches such as IFTA
  • Understanding of optical raytracing algorithms
  • Experience with optical system design tools such as Zemax, CodeV, FRED, ASAP
  • Experience of using wave optical modelling tools such as Lumerical

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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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