Optical Physics and Photonics Scientist (Technology Consulting)

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Optical Physics and Photonics Scientist (Technology Consulting)

Permanent/Full Time, Royston, UK.

Attractive package which includes a cash travel allowance, annual bonus scheme, pension, healthcare and more!


Bringing Ingenuity to Life

We’re an innovation and transformation consultancy that believes in the power of ingenuity to build a positive-human future in a technology-driven world. Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking with breakthrough-technologies to progress further, faster.

With a global network of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 clients, we’ll offer you unrivalled opportunities for growth and the freedom to excel. Combining strategies, technologies and innovation, we turn complexity to opportunity and deliver enduring results, enabling you to build a lasting career.

Isn’t it time you joined us?


Become part of the Team

PA Consulting works with clients who want to utilise technology to gain a commercial edge in new and established markets.  As the world changes at an ever increasing rate PA’s clients use our technical expertise to get ahead of the curve.  The Applied Sciences team used fundamental science to support early stage and proof of concept projects, ultimately answering the question, “Is this possible?”  For this we need mechanistically-minded scientists, with a background in materials science and/or physical chemistry, who want to go further than just ask the questions, but actually want to build prototypes and work with engineers to realise the solution.


  • We translate science and technology into commercially viable break-out products and processes
  • We give our clients a true competitive edge by providing the data to make rational product development decisions
  • We do this by the practical application of physics and chemistry to prototype, characterise and explore technology at the basic scientific level


We are looking for like-minded ‘hands on’ scientists that like nothing better than delivering a product solution that provides a competitive edge for our client base across exciting industries like healthcare, consumer electronics, defence, communications, FMCG and more.

What we're looking for

The Applied Science group is a team of 50 multi-disciplinary scientists from across the physics, chemistry and biological fields.  Currently we are looking for scientists who have a strong background in photonics and the development of optic systems for detection in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing and consumer goods.  This is a fantastic opportunity to apply your knowledge to the creation of real-world products and solutions.  We need you to be hands-on and pragmatic.  This is more than just a simulation/theoretical world, we are looking for people who are keen to put their ideas in practice by getting into the workshop and developing test rigs to test their concepts.  You should also welcome the opportunity to engage with external stakeholders and work with PA’s clients directly to help them innovate.  This will mean travel and potentially working from client sites on occasion, as well as the flexibility to work from home too.


You should have:

  • A strong academic background in areas related to photonics and optical systems
  • Experience, preferably to PhD level, in the development of “applied solutions” – i.e industrial applications


In addition, any experience of the following will also be beneficial:

  • Practical experience developing experiments and hardware to validate theories, ideally for industrial applications
  • Algorithm development for sensing applications
  • Product development in a commercial environment
  • Management of technology development projects
  • Reliability engineering


This is an exciting opportunity to apply science to the food technology that ultimately lead to real-world innovations.  Interested parties should apply via the PA Consulting website:


• Private medical insurance
• Travel allowance 
• 25 days annual leave with the opportunity to buy 5 additional days
• Company pension scheme
• Annual performance-based bonus
• Life and Income protection insurance
• Tax efficient benefits (cycle to work, give as you earn)
• Additional optional benefits (Dental, critical illness, spouse/partner life assurance)

About us

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world.

As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity.

Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough use of technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results.

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we are over 3,200 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, health and life sciences, manufacturing, and transport. Our people are strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers and technologists. We operate globally from offices across the UK, US, Europe, and the Nordics.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.

Inclusion & Diversity

We believe that diversity makes us a stronger firm and look to employ people with different ideas, styles and skillsets. This diversity stimulates a rich, creative environment – one in which our people develop, and our clients enjoy enduring results. We’re committed to recruiting, promoting and rewarding our people solely based on their ability to contribute to PA’s goals, without regard to their sex, race, disability, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

We welcome international applications, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you will need to have the full right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights.

Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process, at either application or interview, please contact us on recruitmentenquiries@paconsulting.com

Job information

Firm: PA Consulting Group

Location: Cambridge



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