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Control Systems Engineer

We’re looking for a Control Systems Engineer, with a good knowledge of control systems modelling and optimisation, to join our Cambridge based team and contribute to the development of leading-edge technologies for control of complex optical switching fabrics for agile optical networks.

HUBER+SUHNER Polatis designs and manufactures all-optical fibre-optic switches which make and maintain their optical connections by means of our patented DirectLight™ beam steering technology.  The challenge for the control team is to enable the highly resonant, micro-mechanical actuators to change position quickly, allowing us to accurately direct  the beam, and then firmly maintain the actuators’ position in the presence of vibration and other disturbances.  The control loops are implemented digitally with a number of actuators managed by a single DSP and FPGA combination. In this role, you’ll be working as part of a small team responsible for control loop design and implementation.  You’ll undertake experimental and analytical work to model dynamic systems and to try out alternative control approaches.  Other responsibilities include:

  • Design and simulation of new control system candidates
  • Specification of algorithms for implementation on target hardware platforms
  • Design of processes for selecting control system parameters in production
  • Maintenance of implemented processes

To be successful, you’ll need to have a degree in a numerate subject, preferably engineering (electronics or control), maths (applied) or physics.  You’ll also need a minimum of two years’ relevant experience in control systems modelling and optimisation with some knowledge of hardware/ software interfacing or have undertaken a practical final year project or Master’s degree with practical project, in electronics, control systems, mechatronics or robotics.  You’ll have experience of applying outcomes of modelling to real systems plus a working knowledge of MATLAB, Scilab or Octave.  You’ll also need to be self-motivated, organised, and flexible with great attention to detail.We offer a friendly and informal work environment in a prime location on the Cambridge Science Park, a competitive salary and annual bonus scheme, plus a range of benefits including private health care, a generous non-contributory pension scheme, health shield cash back plan, and cycle to work scheme.