Real-time Control Systems Engineer - ENG005 (Cambridge, UK)

We're looking for a Control Systems Engineer, with a good knowledge of classical control theory and some experience of working with real-time systems, to join our team and contribute to the development of leading-edge technologies for control of complex optical switching fabrics for agile optical networks.

About the Role

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 position 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 both control loop design and implementation as well as the real-time software which oversees the control loops. You’ll undertake modelling and characterisation of fast-acting, highly resonant dynamic micro-mechanical systems, developing a model of the actuator and sensing system which will allow us to better understand system dynamics and to try out alternative control approaches. Other responsibilities include:
  • Designing, implementing, analysing and improving algorithms for embedded real-time multi- channel control
  • Developing tools for selection of control parameters in production
  • Supporting systems through production and beyond

About You

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. You’ll have a working knowledge of MATLAB or Octave plus C or C++ programming skills and experience of working in a structured software environment. You’ll also need to be self-motivated, organised, and flexible with great attention to detail.

About Polatis

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, non-contributory pension scheme, health shield cash back plan, and cycle to work scheme.

Join a World Class Team

HUBER+SUHNER Polatis is the world’s leading manufacturer of high performance all-optical cross- connect solutions for software-defined network provisioning, protection, monitoring, reconfiguration and test.  Our dependable, field-proven DirectLight™ SDN-enabled optical circuit switch technology delivers outstanding performance and reliability to provide dynamic fibre layer connectivity for mission-critical applications in telecommunications, data centre, government, test and video networks.

Position Type: Full-time, permanent

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