Job Description

We are looking for a motivated and experienced scientist to lead our target fabrication work. You will be expected to improve the quality of our current targets, research new methods of fabrication and metrology and develop new techniques for future targets. The aim of this work is to bring our targets as close as possible to the idealised targets we simulate.

Your role will have two streams of work. Firstly, working on experimental projects in coordination with the science, design and workshop teams to deliver high quality, metrologised and documented targets on time for experiments. Secondly, researching new methods of fabrication, assembly and metrology in order to deliver higher quality and new types of target. This role sits within the Experimental Physics team and will work with our target fabrication technician. You will be expected to network and utilise your own experience and that of others at First Light to develop new fabrication and metrology methods.

As the number of experiments, and required targets increases, you will contribute to the design of targets, coordinate with some suppliers and aim to achieve a high standard of documentation for each target.

Targets are typically 10 mm size objects with features and tolerances on the micron scale using multiple materials including metals and plastics. Typically we carry out an experiment, utilising these target, every two days.


  • PhD (or equivalent experience) in a STEM subject
  • Good physics and engineering understanding
  • Experience of target fabrication and metrology at research facilities
  • Experience carrying out independent novel research
  • Demonstrated self-motivation, enthusiasm to work in a dynamic team environment and evidence of taking the initiative
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills


  • Experience with fabrications involving dense metals
  • Experience with fabrications involving plastic forming techniques
  • Experience with metrology including laser CMM, microscopes, x-ray tomography
  • Documentation to an ISO standard
  • Experience working on experimental science facilities