Systems Engineer

Oxford, UK
Salary range: £32 - £58k pa fte + benefits outlined below
Jul 10, 2024
Posting live until
Aug 09, 2024

Opsydia is transforming security and traceability in the diamond gemstone industry with our precision laser technology, which can write tamper-proof, permanent identities inside diamonds and other precious gems. Our first deployed products, the Dx000 series systems, utilise optical techniques and machine vision to secure diamond identities on a commercial scale, supporting transparency and traceability initiatives for ethical supply chains. 

Our technology also provides a platform for next-generation functional devices in diamond and other transparent materials with several potential disruptive applications, from quantum devices to chemical and magnetic sensors.


As a Systems Engineer, you will contribute to systems development for new and existing products, working with the Engineering team to improve laser processes, control solutions and computer vision capability. You will be working on early-stage research and development projects and have the opportunity to interact with customers, our academic founders, and the potential early adopters of our technology. This is a broad-scope role from ideation to real product deployment

Across internal R&D and external customer projects in all application areas, you will:-

  • Develop laser processes for existing and new systems
  • Design, configure & test laboratory optical systems for new product capabilities
  • Complete proof of concept trials and live demos for prospective customers
  • Develop robust control solutions for industrial systems
  • Contribute to computer vision development 
  • Become an internal technical expert, reporting project results to progress early-stage developments towards a product launch
  • Produce technical documentation for, and assist with, the build of production systems where technical expertise is required

We encourage applications across a wide range of experience levels; from those that have recently graduated to those with a high level of technical, practical and project management experience working with optical and laser systems. 

We aim to build a world-class team with complementary skills and expect applicants with significant experience working in research or technical environments to be comfortable taking leadership roles on technical projects.


You will have a significant technical background with a degree or equivalent experience in the physical sciences, engineering or related fields and enjoy working as part of a small collaborative team. 

You will be able to demonstrate that you have the following:-

  • Excellent communication skills
  • A proactive approach to problem solving
  • A creative mindset, comfortable both developing new ideas and employing existing technical solutions
  • Enthusiasm and interest in understanding complex technical systems
  • Demonstrable hands-on experience of optical  systems
  • Strong record-keeping and organisational skills

We expect applicants with more experience leading metrology, optics or control-related projects in a technical capacity within industry or academia to be suitable for a more senior position.

For a senior position you may also have:-

  • Worked with or developed precision instrumentation or systems
  • Worked with ultrafast lasers
  • Knowledge of adaptive optical systems
  • Experience with waveguide or optical fibre performance characterisation
  • Experience with mechanical or optical CAD
  • Configured or operated precision motion control systems
  • Experience developing software or writing basic scripts
  • Experience with microscopes and a familiarity with other analytical techniques such as confocal microscopy, Raman, AFM and SEM
  • Analysed sensors or electrical devices using probe stations
  • Developed products and produced documentation to demonstrate conformity with regulatory standards
  • An understanding of intellectual property development
  • Previous involvement with project management or project planning

These roles are advertised as full-time, however, part-time would be considered at a minimum of 0.8fte. We are pleased to accommodate flexible and hybrid working where appropriate but, as a hardware company, we find hands-on system and collaboration time to be highly valuable, so encourage time spent in the office and expect this when required.

As part of the recruitment process a selected candidate will be required to undergo security screening to BS7858. 


Salary range: £32 - £58k pa fte

Salary will be dependent upon level of skill and experience. We therefore anticipate the following:-

  • £32 - £38k for recent graduates
  • £38 - £48k for applicants with experience working within a research or technical environment with project management skills
  • £48 - £58k for applicants demonstrating many ‘you may also have’ criteria above


  • Hybrid/flexible working arrangements
  • Share option scheme
  • Annual bonus scheme
  • Private medical Insurance
  • Group Income Protection and Life Assurance
  • Enhanced family leave
  • Company matched pension contributions up to 5%. Salary sacrifice arrangement is available
  • 25 days paid leave plus bank holidays
  • Cycle to Work Scheme


We are an equal opportunities employer and commit to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace whilst creating an environment which promotes dignity and respect for all. We post our job descriptions across a wide range of recruitment platforms to enable us to garner the most diverse range of candidates we possibly can.


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Opsydia is a leading innovator in laser technology bringing significant advances to several markets from diamond and gemstone security to diamond-based electronic devices. Harnessing short pulse laser technology, the company’s first products can create serial numbers, logos or identities inside diamond gemstones for security applications. Applications under development include engineering electrical and quantum properties of diamond, and creating functional devices for advanced detectors and integrated photonics.

The company is based in the Centre for Innovation & Enterprise at Begbroke Science Park north of Oxford. Begbroke offers comprehensive facilities on-site including a restaurant, coffee shop, free parking and a minibus service between the park and Oxford.

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