Software Design Engineer

About the role

With an increasing portfolio of advanced SPAD image sensors, we are looking to significantly extend opportunities for software development in a wide range of exciting new market applications.

The successful candidate will join our software team in developing our API, GUI applications, internal tools and test and characterisation framework.

Attitude and personality are key to this role and the ideal candidate will be professional, confident and have a real passion for delivering great software.  You will be able to work effectively without supervision to solve problems and deliver results.

We are a dynamic team, with ambition and opportunity and we welcome motivated Engineers who want to be part of our ongoing success.

A Fantastic opportunity to join our award-winning scale-up business and play a key role in our ongoing growth and development.

Location of position

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Address: Murchison House, 10 Max Born Crescent, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, EH9 3BF

About photon Force

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Edinburgh, Photon Force is a multi-award-winning business with a mission to provide innovative, high quality, and accurate sensor technology to facilitate research, and ultimately enable next-generation products. Until now, single photon detection and timing capabilities have only been available as separate, bulky, and low-throughput pieces of equipment. Photon Force’s products help speed up research progress by streamlining these features into a single, simple unit, easily integrated into an existing lab setup. Our current cameras have been used for a wide range of exciting and revolutionary applications, such as video-rate fluorescence lifetime imaging, advanced LiDAR systems which can image through fog and even around corners, and neural imaging to support emerging brain-computer interface research.

Photon Force has very recently secured £1.8m in research and development funding which is aimed at supporting the next stage of the company’s growth and focus on developing its product range for future revenue streams. With an exciting and diverse customer base, spanning from Silicon Valley giants such as Facebook (Meta), to leading international research institutions including MIT, KCL and Tsinghua, Photon Force has developed strong foundations on which to build for the next stage of growth.

Your Expertise

  • Bachelors or higher (Masters preferred) in Computer Science, Electrical or Computer Engineering, or similar
  • Proven track record in specification, architecture, development and test
  • 5+ years software development experience ideally in C/C++
  • Strong team player with good verbal and written communication skills
  • Well-versed in version control such as SVN or GIT

Nice to have (it’s an advantage to have these skills but not a pre-requisite):

  • GUI development using cross-platform tool chains such as Qt, Matlab etc
  • Experience with real-time processing hardware or embedded software
  • Experience of scientific languages such as Matlab
  • Development and maintenance of device drivers
  • Ability to conceive and implement multi-threaded processing applications and handle large volumes of data
  • Proficiency working in Windows and Linux environment


Negotiable and based on experience


Future Share Options Scheme (to be setup in the near future), Flexible working, Life Insurance, Private Medical Insurance, Discounted Membership to on-campus fitness centre, Friday social hour, Cycle to Work Scheme, and 35 days holiday per annum


We look forward to hearing from you.

Please send your CV in the first instance with a covering letter detailing your related experience and interest in Photon Force