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Optical Diagnostics Technician – Job ref 63

First Light Fusion is an inertial fusion research company located in Oxford. We use a variety of optical diagnostics to monitor target and launcher performance. These include measurements of the energy of light emitted by our targets, ultra-high speed imaging of our targets, projectile velocity measurements using reflected laser light and also measurement of the electrical current in our high voltage launcher using a fibre laser based polarisation rotation technique.

This growing suite of diagnostics has now been centralised and can be run on any of our 3 pulsed power facilities or 2 stage light gas guns. You will be expected to run, maintain and develop these capabilities.

The day to day work will involve aligning and calibrating the diagnostics for shots. Further, a process of continuous development and improvement will be required to keep up with the increasing demand for higher accuracy results and new capabilities. All stages need to be recorded and documented.

We believe this is an exciting and varied role as you will interact with all the experiments taking place at First Light using a broad range of advanced diagnostics in a fast paced environment. While being a specialist, you will also interact with other teams to understand future requirements.

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Please upload a covering letter / supporting statement and CV using the online application form on this page. The post will remain open until filled. Two referees should be available on request. Informal enquiries may also be addressed to:


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