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Microsoft UK • Romsey, United Kingdom

Senior Optical Engineer, Azure Fiber

Employment type:  Full time

3 days/week at home

Fully flexible hours

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Job Description


The Azure Fiber team in Romsey is seeking dynamic candidates with energy and a passion for innovation to join our team. You will be working on fabrication technologies for radically novel optical fibers, including glass preform manufacture, optical fiber drawing and associated processes. The role will involve close interaction with the Engineering and Operations teams to take new fabrication methods for next generation fibers and turn them into robust and reliable processes that can be successfully transferred into volume manufacture by the production team. Additionally, you will be required to support the scaling up of the new fabrication facility to meet customer demand and company ambition. As such, this role involves hands-on work in our state of the art Romsey facility 5 days per week.

Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.


  • Knowledge expert for optical fiber coatings and key properties (optical and mechanical)
  • Design and lead experiments to perform accelerated failure analysis
  • Root cause analysis of defects and failure modes
  • Drives team to ensure yield and continuous improvements into mass production and prioritize manufacturing focus through use of process control tools and analysis of measurement data to identify trends and correlations in coating performance
  • Lead activities between the Engineering and Operations groups in order to manage materials supply and quality of incoming material
  • Lead fibre coating development projects and transfer the process from prototype phase to production phase
  • Leads the development and management of documentation in support of process technology, operating procedures and process control requirements
  • Managing projects to identify novel and improved manufacturing methods
  • Having key responsibilities in the development of next-generation production methods
  • Contributing in first person, and visibly support, the establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment


Required Qualifications:

  • Technical engineering experience

    • OR Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Materials Photonics, Engineering, Physics, or related field AND technical engineering experience
    • OR Master's degree in Chemistry, Materials Photonics, Engineering, Physics, or related field AND technical engineering experience
    • OR Doctorate degree in Chemistry, Materials Photonics, Engineering, Physics, or related field
  • Relevant experience of developing and documenting optical fiber coating processes
  • Relevant experience of inline and offline optical fiber coating characterisation
  • Proven experience in polymer coating process engineering for optical fiber
  • Implementation of statistical process control methods and their application Improvement in yield through identification and reduction of waste and stabilisation of production processes
  • Practical knowledge of optical fibers and their properties
  • Use of lean problem solving and continuous improvement methodologies and practices
  • Demonstrated ability in innovative development and practical application
  • Experience in root cause analysis for fiber coating defects and failure modes
  • Knowledge of cleanroom working environment and disciplines
  • Capability to arrange and analyse data to identify trends and correlations
  • Knowledge of full product lifecycle from concept through to production

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings:
    • Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud Background Check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.

Core skills:

  • Ability to work across multiple tasks methodically and efficiently and meet committed timescales
  • Able to deliver technical updates of status on agreed work schedules
  • Happy to work in a dynamic environment and adaptable to changes in priorities
  • Ability to integrate into multidisciplinary and cross-functional teams
  • Hands-on, creative approach to problem solving and the ability to translate engineering requests into working solutions
  • Self-starter with good interpersonal skills and a strong execution-oriented approach
  • Must be diligent, focused and thorough, taking personal pride in their work and achievements

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.


Company benefits

Wellbeing allowance
Health insurance
Dental coverage
Gym membership
Mental health platform access
Buy or sell annual leave
Shared parental leave
Matched pension contribution
Charity donation scheme
Employee assistance programme
Employee discounts
Volunteer days
Fertility treatment leave
Open to compressed hours
Open to job sharing
Fertility benefits
Enhanced sick pay
Enhanced sick days
Compassionate leave
Travel insurance
20 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Childcare credits
Carer’s leave
Cycle to work scheme
Faith rooms
Annual bonus
Annual pay rises
Company car
Open to part-time employees
Pregnancy loss leave
Life insurance
Equity packages
Financial coaching
Relocation packages
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel that they can mostly manage how they get their own work done

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Office locations

London, Reading, Cambridge, Romsey, Manchester, Edinburgh

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

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