Careers and studentships

New opportunites



Resarch Position:

Researcher/Scientist/Engineers required:

Photonics/lasers/integrated optics deadline 12th Jan 2024, details here



PhD Studentships and EngD studentships- more coming soon.  



We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.


We are always looking for great graduates who seek more challenge in applied R and D.  Some of our newest students have spent years in industry before deciding to take on the next step of their eduction, equally new graduates are welcome.

Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics, Glasgow,UK


Speculative enquiries for postgraduate research studentships are always welcome.


The Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics (CAP) will have vacancies for a number of technical staff at various levels of experience to take an active and immediate part in the Fraunhofer CAP’s programme of cutting edge research and development activities in photonics at the industrial interface.

The first of the highly regarded Fraunhofer Research Centres to be based in the UK, Fraunhofer CAP specialises in undertaking applied R&D in a range of photonics themes. Based in Glasgow, Fraunhofer CAP’s main remit is to be a key partner to UK companies in the development of state-of-the-art products and processes which will enhance their competitiveness.

Candidates for a more senior research position in Fraunhofer CAP will have a strong academic or industrial R&D record in laser applications and/or sensor development and a demonstrable ability to work independently, to defined timescales, together with a commitment to commercially-orientated research and development. These candidates will possess the ability to successfully manage R&D projects as well as providing R&D leadership to junior researchers and postgraduate students, and play a key role in developing a research group and securing funding from industry, Innovate UK and the EU.

Candidates for more junior positions will recently have completed their PhD in a relevant topic and have the potential to become project leaders and, ultimately, research leaders.

Experience of one or more of the following areas is highly desirable: Solid-state or semiconductor lasers, laser spectroscopy, optical metrology, laser micromachining or laser-based additive manufacturing, biomedical applications of lasers, laser-based sensor systems, laser-based optical communications, laser-based optical data storage

All candidates must have strong oral and written communication skills and experience of applied R&D in an academic or industrial environment.
Fraunhofer CAP offers a competitive salary and very attractive conditions, including generous pension provision, which will be commensurate with the level of appointment.

Speculative applications are welcome at any time please send a CV in confidence to:

Head of HR

Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd

Level 5
Technology and Innovation Centre
99 George St,
Glasgow G1 1RD


We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.




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Fraunhofer CAP has joined the Race to Zero, promotes fair business practices, Fair Work First, Opening Up Photonics, encourages inclusion, diversity, equality and accessability in STEM and in all roles.