Title:  Transitions R&D Analytical Chemistry Technician

R&D Analytical Chemistry Technician


Company Overview: 

Don’t miss a great opportunity to become part of R&D team team in an exciting, pioneering and growing organisation.

Transitions Optical has been protecting and enhancing vision since 1990 when we were the first company to commercialise plastic photochromic lenses. Through our partnerships with optical industry leaders, we offer solutions that adapt to changing light in the widest selection of designs and materials, including hundreds of lens combinations. We are continuously improving our lenses to enhance their darkness, fade back speed, colour and indoor clarity. Transitions Optical is part of the EssilorLuxottica Group.


Location: Tuam, Co. Galway, Ireland               

Reporting Line:  R&D Analytical Manager


Job Purpose

The Research & Development team are responsible for developing new photochromic ophthalmic lens products.  The R&D Analytical team carry out the required physical, chemical and optical testing of new photochromic products, coating layers and individual chemical components. The R&D Analytical Chemistry technician has primary responsibility for all aspects of the chemical testing.

Key Responsibilities of the Role

  • Perform chemical testing on a range of analytical equipment including KF, GC, GC/MS, FT-IR, and HPLC to support the development of photochromic ophthalmic lens products
  • Support the maintenance, calibration for laboratory test instrumentation
  • Interpret, document and effectively communicate test results
  • Support in the development of new test methods for analytical chemical testing on ophthalmic lenses, coating solutions, and raw materials
  • Work with the R&D product development teams as required in data analysis
  • Maintain accurate and timely records of work completed and compilation of results
  • Provide technical support and assistance to chemists and engineers as required
  • Write technical reports to document experimental results
  • Order and inventory materials in order to maintain supplies
  • Interpret, document and communicate test results


Key Requirements (Education and Experience)

  • Level 7 or 8 B.S. qualification in Chemistry or Analytical Sciences
  • Knowledge of operating and maintaining laboratory equipment

•     Good IT skills, working knowledge of Microsoft office

  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with team members and stakeholders on technical content
  • Competent to convert technical data to presentation to wider audience.
  • Knowledge of laboratory systems
  • Strong team player and self-starter
  • Drive for results and Customer focus attention to detail.



  • Chromatography experience in a product development (R&D) environment
  • Wet chemistry experience
  • Prolific on application of Excel beyond basic level
  • Competent in Communications and presentation of technical data.
  • Experience in a Laboratory environment