Hardware Lead (Microscopy)

Oxford (On-site)
Hardware – Hardware /
Full-Time /
Join ONI and Explore the Boundaries of Scientific Discovery!

At ONI, we are driven by a profound mission: to propel scientific discovery and combat diseases by granting everyone the ability to visualize, comprehend, and share the intricate microscopic details of life. Our revolutionary Nanoimager stands at the forefront of advancing cellular studies on a molecular level, making substantial contributions to the evolution of scientific knowledge.

We dedicate ourselves to broadening the realms of human potential, and we are actively seeking an enthusiastic and devoted Hardware Lead to join our pioneering team located in Oxford. We believe in the power of relentless curiosity and the pursuit of excellence, and we invite you to join us in shaping the future of scientific exploration and healthcare breakthroughs.

The main purpose of this role is in leading the Microscopy R&D function at ONI, responsible for delivering on hardware early stage research and development, and supporting the transfer of designs into manufacturing.

Your Role at ONI:

    • Owning the execution of ONI’s hardware strategy, devised in collaboration with the rest of the management team.
    • Aligning their team on the hardware strategy and overall company goals, and executing and delivering on the product roadmap
    • Designing and implementing improvements on existing hardware products with a regular cadence, in line with commercial strategy, collaborating with manufacturing to troubleshoot hardware related problems that pose a risk to manufacturing throughput.
    • Leading the conceptualization, prototyping and development of new hardware products in alignment with overall commercial strategy.
    • Developing targets and KPIs to drive a high-performance culture within the function, as well as proactive performance and talent management of the people within your team.
    • Direct management of the Oxford Hardware team.
    • Headcount planning and recruitment including making budget submissions and proposals, reviewing conflicting requirements and requests, agreeing where investments and adjustments might be needed.
    • Ensuring that the annual appraisals are conducted, and quality feedback is given on career development needs, having an overview of performance across the whole group and encouraging actions to develop talent, deal with any performance concerns and recognise top performers.
    • Building the annual remuneration review recommendations and budgets and ensuring fairness and consistency across the Company and group during the annual remuneration review process.
    • Proactively identifying and anticipating future skills gaps and succession planning, ensuring the appropriate mix of skills and experience amongst employees for the long term, addressing shortfalls through recruitment and training.
    • Championing opportunities for improvement, understanding possible impact and benefits on other groups and seeking buy-in from the leadership team.

Essential skills and Qualifications:

    • Designed, developed and launched commercially successful mechanical and/or optical systems
    • Led multidisciplinary teams of scientists, and engineers, capable of delivering complex  products of optical, mechanical, and electronic aspects.
    • Delivered product improvements for functionality and customer experience and reduce production costs
    • Managed a team of engineers to deliver complex technical projects through prototype to commercial launch.
    • Presented and delivered on product strategies based on data and priorities
    • Presented technical achievements, challenges, and strategic changes to management and executive teams
    • Strategic planning, devising a hardware product roadmap based on commercial strategy
    • Advanced Degree in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Bioengineering

Desired skills and Qualifications:

    • Systems design for life sciences analytic tools, including optical systems
    • Has used a wide range of life science tools (microscopy, sequencing, flow cytometry, etc)
    • Optical product design for microscopy
    • PhD in a project involving photonics, spectroscopy, or microscopy.
At ONI, we understand that a fulfilling career involves more than just challenging work - it's about enjoying a well-rounded experience. When you become a part of our team, you not only contribute to groundbreaking research but also enjoy a range of benefits designed to enhance your life both inside and outside the workplace. 

As an equal opportunity employer, we prioritize fairness and respect, ensuring every team member thrives regardless of their background. But that's not all - our perks include:

Competitive Compensation We recognize and reward your talent. Enjoy a competitive salary that reflects your expertise and contributions, ensuring your hard work is recognized.
28 days of annual leave plus 8 bank holidays and 4 dedicated wellbeing days.
Free Daily Lunches: Relish nutritious meals, courtesy of ONI, making your workdays delightful.
Onsite Gym Facilities: Stay active and energized with our convenient onsite gym, promoting your overall health.
Private Healthcare and Dental Coverage: Your health matters to us. Access top-notch medical and dental services, ensuring your well-being is in good hands.
Inclusive Culture: Be a valued member of our diverse, inclusive family. Your unique perspective is celebrated here, fostering a culture of mutual respect and understanding.
Cycle To Work Scheme: Embrace a sustainable commute with our cycle to work program, promoting eco-friendly travel and a healthy lifestyle.
Health Assured: Your mental health is essential. Access our comprehensive mental health support services for a balanced work-life experience.
People’s Pension: Secure your future with our pension scheme, investing in your financial well-being beyond the workplace.
Perks at Work: Enjoy exclusive discounts and deals through our perks at work program, adding value to your everyday life.
Specsavers Eyecare: Your vision matters. Benefit from our eyecare program with Specsavers, ensuring your eyes stay healthy and your vision clear.

If you are driven by innovation, eager to make a significant impact in the realm of scientific and medical research, and possess the skills and passion we are looking for, we invite you to apply and be a part of our mission to improve our understanding of the details of life.