Manufacturing Engineer (Physics Background)

Date:  18 Jul 2024

High Wycombe, GB

Job Function:  Operations
Business Unit:  NanoAnalysis

Oxford Instruments is a leading company in the field of high-tech tools and systems for research and industry. Founded in 1959, we specialise in the design, manufacture and support of various scientific instruments and solutions, used in diverse areas such as materials science, nanotechnology and industrial applications. Oxford Instruments has played a significant role in advancing scientific knowledge and technological progress through our cutting-edge instruments and solutions.


We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated Manufacturing Technologist / Engineer with a physics background, to join our dynamic team. As a Manufacturing Technologist at Oxford Instruments, you will play a crucial role in the production and assembly of cutting-edge technology solutions. Your expertise will contribute directly to the advancement of our products and ensure they meet the highest standards of quality.


What is in it for you?

At Oxford Instruments, we put our people at the heart of all we do. We embody our values of: We are Inclusive, we are Innovative, we are Trusted, and we are Purposeful. As an employee of Oxford Instruments, you will be given the development and mentorship to succeed, an environment that breeds authenticity and curiosity. You will work alongside people who have been with the business for a substantial amount of time, and who have developed their career within various functions, as well of people who are new in their careers and whom bring a fresh perspective, enabling you to learn from a variety of people. In addition, we also offer a comprehensive benefits package to include: 12:30 Friday finishes, BUPA private health insurance, dental insurance, group pension, cycle to work, tech and care schemes, as well as give as you earn and option to purchase shares, numerous discounts and 25 days holiday.


The person in this role will be responsible for:

  • Acting as an Operation’s based technological specialist. Developing effective internal relationships across all functions, including Product Development, Marketing, Operations and Sales.
  • Owning and developing performance measures of the business’ specialist product components with the ability to regularly feedback to suppliers.
  • Contribute to the introduction, development, and testing of new & existing products for SEM and TEM applications.
  • Acting as a first and second tier production line support function to ensure a quality product is delivered to schedule.
  • Assisting in the creation and maintenance of manufacturing shop floor documentation for new and existing processes in alignment with company standards including work instructions and other quality system documents.
  • Completion of Test and process verification to ensure the current processes and products meet the company standards.
  • Monitoring and Developing solutions to prevent “field and internal failures” caused by both internal and external processing methods.
  • Ensuring New Product Introductions (NPI) & Engineering change are implemented effectively and both product & processes are productionised and repeatable.
  • Innovating and offering potential manufacturing/supply methods to be more suited to an operational excellence focused environment whilst maintaining product standards.

We are looking for someone with the following skills and experience:

Minimum of a Science or Engineering degree involving any of these areas:

    • Electron Microscopes / Electron Microanalysis
    • Materials Analysis / Metallurgy
    • Vacuum Technology
    • Semi-Conductors
    • Physics
  • Knowledge of Mechanical Assemblies, X-ray detection, vacuum systems, or Electron Microscopy.
  • Understand and use of Statistical methods to make evidence-based decisions.
  • Experience with Structured Root Cause analysis tools (Desirable)
  • Basic knowledge of design processes (DFx), new product introduction and product lifecycle management. (Desirable)
  • Knowledge of Programming Suites (Desirable)


Our selection process:

Upon applying, our recruitment team will assess your application against our role requirements. An initial call with our Talent Acquisition partner will take place, to give you some more insight into the role and to gain more understanding of your experience and motivations. Next, we will invite you for an interview, which usually takes place via Teams, with the second interview taking place on-site.