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Chief Electro Optics Technologist

Job ID R0060603 Publicatiedatum 27/06/2019 Lieu: Glasgow, Schotland, United Kingdom
Full time, Contract voor onbepaalde tijd
Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom

Thales people architect solutions that are relied upon to deliver operational advantage at every decisive moment throughout the mission. Defence and armed forces customers rely on us to deliver the full range of defensive systems for land, sea, and air. From early warning, to threat neutralisation, our platforms cover all levels from very short-range systems, to extended protection across the entire battle-space including Air Traffic Management, Vehicles and Tactical Systems and Missile Defence, Optronics, and Radar.

Together we offer fantastic opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop their career with us. At Thales UK, we research, develop, and supply technology and services that impact the lives of millions of people each day to make life better, and keep us safer. We innovate across five major industries; Aerospace, Defence, Ground Transportation, Security and Space. Your health and well-being matters to us and that’s why we offer you the flexibility to do what’s important to you; whether that’s part time hours, job sharing, home working, or the ability to flex your start and finish times. Where possible, we support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions.

Chief Electro Optics Technologist


Part Time or Full Time

Thales in Glasgow is a world leader in the design and manufacture of optronics products for the worldwide defence, aerospace and security markets. Products include thermal imaging cameras, laser rangefinders / designators, submarine periscopes / optronics masts, missile warning systems and airborne reconnaissance systems. At the core of these products is electro-optics (EO) technology consisting of cameras, detectors and optics. The innovative application of existing and new EO technologies (eg Quantum) is central to the current and future success of Thales in Glasgow.

A vacancy has arisen for a Chief Electro-Optical Technologist, reporting directly to the Technical Director, to provide strategic leadership of our electro-optics technology. The role includes working one day per week (typically) at the University of Glasgow, for which an Honorary Professorship in electro-optics is available. For this role, you should be willing to be based in Glasgow and relocation assistance is available if required.

The role will be of interest to EO technologists already working at a strategic level in an organisation or to engineers with a strong EO background and the passion to take on larger strategic responsibilities in the EO domain.

What you will be doing:

  • Working collaboratively with the product teams to define an EO technology strategy and building this into the Technology & Innovation Strategic Plan for the overall business
  • Identifying and evaluating emerging new EO technologies that can impact the business. The role will involve considerable interaction with external sources of EO technology (Universities, SMEs, subcontractors etc) and internal sources (eg Thales Research Labs).
  • Working with the engineering teams to create EO design solutions to achieve performance and cost requirements for products
  • Setting the strategy for developing, strengthening and growing the EO capability and coaching / developing EO engineers

What we’re looking for from you:

  • Bachelor, Masters or Post-Doctoral Degree (BEng, BSc, MEng, MSc, EngD or PhD) in Physics or another mathematical, scientific or engineering subject
  • Electro-Optics demonstrated capability in current or previous roles.
  • Electro-optics modelling experience
  • Knowledge of key trends in EO technology and the passion to steer the EO capability in Thales to profitably benefit from these trends
  • Experience of working with academic and/or industrial research laboratories in EO technology.
  • Business savvy with an entrepreneurial streak when it comes to seeking out and developing new technology

In line with Thales' Baseline Security requirements, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history for up to three years. Some vacancies may require full Security Clearance which can require further evidence to be provided. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Baseline and Security Clearance please refer to the Defence Business Services National Security Vetting (DBS NSV) Agency.

At Thales we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales employing 65,000 employees in 56 countries our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Together we believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working. Great journeys start here, apply now!

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