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Instrumentation Scientist and Engineer


Bristol Instruments is a world leader in optical interferometer-based instrumentation. We serve customers in top scientific research institutions, telecommunications, and optical metrology communities. At Bristol Instruments, we believe that providing reliable, cutting edge metrology solutions to our customers creates opportunities to improve quality of life on a global scale.  Our engineering team supports existing products and creates innovative solutions to meet the most demanding requirements for current and future metrology applications.  Our devotion to making the world better through technology is championed by empowering all team members to do amazing things in pursuit of meaningful impact.

As an Instrumentation Scientist and Engineer you are responsible for leading development of new technologies and next generation products, maintaining and supporting current products, and driving continual improvement activities to deliver pragmatic solutions and streamlined processes in a lab and manufacturing environment.  To be effective in your role, you will:

  • Possess technical expertise in hands on troubleshooting and testing, as well as competence in at least two of three areas: electronic, computer science and/or optical systems.
  • Navigate to different and better solutions using results-oriented approach to resolving complex and evolving problems.
  • Sustain professional growth in organizing and executing product development activities from initial concept through full product lifecycle.


  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, leveraging a more scientific orientation, to contribute in areas that do not fit nicely into the classic engineering disciplines, drawing on scientific expertise in optics, physics, algorithm design, computer science and mathematics.
  • Lead development of automated test software and hardware to support new products.
  • Drive product design and engineering in areas that do not fit nicely into the classic engineering disciplines, drawing on scientific expertise in optics, physics, algorithm design, computer science and mathematics.
  • Explore promising new technologies and product concepts that are relevant to our business and identify opportunities to leverage new technologies to enhance our products.
  • Partner with product marketing and application colleagues in understanding customer needs, leading to product concepts that can meet those needs, and strengthen our competitive advantage.
  • Assist colleagues is troubleshooting or solving challenging product and/or engineering problems.
  • Prepare and deliver reports and presentations sharing new information with others.

Core Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.)
  • Experience with the control of optical measurement setups, for example experience with automatization, control, and interfacing with hardware.
  • Ability to assess complex scientific and engineering problems, define a problem-solving approach, and work to practical solutions.
  • Proficiencies for system design, data acquisition, and analysis.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • High level of personal initiative with the ability to work with limited supervision.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in optics, applied physics, or an equivalent discipline.
  • 5+ years in commercial instrumentation design and development.
  • Good knowledge of algorithm design, test processes and supporting infrastructure, and optical metrology concepts.
  • Confidence, willingness, and ability to sell ideas to the organization and own your impact.
  • Ability to manage multiple, concurrent projects and priorities.

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Bristol Instruments is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available persons in every job. Bristol Instruments is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities to individuals regardless of race, color, creed, sex, marital status, age, national origin, physical handicap, disability, medical condition, ancestry or any other protected characteristic.