Principal Electronics Consultant - Photonics

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  • Back Ln, Melbourn, Royston SG8, UK
  • Full-time

Company Description

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.

Job Description

Are you a senior Electronics Engineer, excited by the opportunity of working in a multi-disciplinary environment across a diverse range of industries?

Are you seeking the opportunity to take ideas from concept to prototype and to make a difference for PA’s clients?

At PA Consulting Group we have a unique combination of industry expertise and engineering capability. At our dedicated Technology Centre in Cambridge UK, we develop award-winning products and manufacturing processes, helping clients understand and use technology more effectively.

We are looking for a Principal Electronics Engineer to join our growing healthcare and life sciences team at our technology centre in Melbourn, Herts.

Role specifics

As a Principal Consultant (PC) you should combine technology/problem solving skills with project management and commercial awareness. Our principal consultants are leaders in their respective fields and form the foundation of our delivery model. They serve as a deep problem solvers, project managers, sales support and innovators and form the centre of a project delivery team. You can expect a highly variable role with heavy client contact, hands-on project work and creative space to really own the solutions you are delivering.

We are looking for a principal consultant with experience working in photonics and analogue electronics to join our growing team, with a proven track record of delivering complex products. The ideal candidate will have experience working with multidisciplinary teams to plan, architect, develop and deliver medical devices, diagnostics equipment, or products with a heavy photonics focus.

Our clients need us to work at the cutting edge and you will be ready to help.

The ideal candidate will have industrial exposure as an electronics engineer and will also possess the necessary technical breadth and interest to relish the range of opportunities provided in a consulting environment.

Essential skills we are looking for:

  • Well versed in a breadth of core electronics disciplines including analogue and digital circuit design, power electronics and embedded systems.
  • Strong technical ability in the design from first principles of high performance and low noise analogue circuitry for amplification and signal processing of analogue signals. The ideal candidate will have experience integrating sensitive circuits into a wider complex system and an appreciation of the challenges in these designs e.g. EMC.
  • Experience working with highly sensitive optical detection systems. The ideal candidate will have experience working with a range of detector technologies relevant for diagnostics applications such a photodiodes, APDs, PMTs, cooled detectors etc and an appreciation of optical physics and engineering.
  • Experience designing control and monitoring circuitry for diagnostics or instrumentation products – defining the interfaces between the analogue and digital / embedded subsystems and defining data acquisition requirements.
  • Experience architecting complex products or devices and working with multidisciplinary teams of electronics, mechanical and software engineers as well as applied scientists.
  • Confidence presenting and explaining complex engineering concepts to both a technical and non-technical audience.


  • Someone not afraid to be ‘Hands-on’ and work with the team to work through challenges from first principles on the bench.
  • Energy and enthusiasm to take on new challenges in healthcare and life sciences as well as a diverse range of industry sectors, coupled with the ability to innovate and think freely.
  • Proven track record of working in technology teams on complex project-based assignments

This is a great chance to use your knowledge of electronics engineering across a wide range of industry sectors and problem spaces.


  • Degree qualified – minimum 2:1 (Electronic Engineering, Physics or related subject)
  • Chartered engineer (desirable, but not essential)



  • Degree qualified – minimum 2:1 (Electronic Engineering, Physics or related subject)
  • Chartered engineer (desirable, but not essential)

Additional Information

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.

PA. Bringing Ingenuity to Life.


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 [email protected]

Job information

Firm: PA Consulting

Location: Melbourn


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