Title:  Transitions Vision Scientist

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R&D Vision Scientist


Company Overview: 

Over 25 years of successful Research and Development has positioned Transitions Optical as the market leader in light intelligent lenses. As part of the EssilorLuxottica Group, we transforms lives by enabling people to engage with the world and to fully express themselves.


In Transitions Optical, we are all about living Seamlessly. That’s what our products enable, whether it’s changing from light to dark without breaking stride. Or the freedom of using a product that’s so perfect for you that you forget you’re even wearing it. It’s what our company does. Whether that’s through innovating in both style and technology, together, seamlessly. Or through marrying the start-up spirit with the heavyweight power of the global leader in the optical sector.


There are people who can see the future. There are people who can build it. And there are people who can do both. We’re looking for the latter.


Location: Tuam, Co. Galway, Ireland                


Job Purpose

You will be part of the world leader R&D organisation in photochromic technology. You will be responsible for designing and conducting applied research in the area of vision science and photochromic technology to define and validate the requirements of new products.

As part of the R&D team in Transitions Optical, you will work in coordination with the overall objectives for EssilorLuxottica.          


Key Responsibilities of the Role

  • Design and execute applied research in the area of vision science and photochromic technology, including but not only in-lab experiments and in-house studies.
  • Contribute to the definition of the goals and objectives of clinical studies.
  • Analyse, summarize and present the latest innovations in the ophthalmic/optical sector into business-oriented insights.
  • Contribute to the processing, based on scientific insights, of competitor and market data.
  • Work together with the leadership team in R&D to define priorities and contribute to the innovation roadmap.
  • Manage the network of collaborations with scientific institutions.
  • Collaborate efficiently and cross-functionally.
  • Prepare and present results in international conferences and internal meetings.
  • Interpret, document and effectively communicate test results.
  • Maintain accurate and timely records of work completed.


Key Requirements

  • Bachelor Degree in Optometry, Physics or similar technical field with a minimum of 3 years industry experience.
  • Experience working in R&D environments and translating theoretical concepts into new products.
  • Self-initiative and have ability to communicate experimental and theoretical concepts to both technical peers and upper management.
  • Hands-on with laboratory work and process development.
  • Able to work as a part of the team, and develop strong work relationships.
  • Understanding of photochromic technology.
  • Excellent technical writing skills.
  • Experience writing patent applications.



  • Experience in the ophthalmic/optical sector.
  • Understanding of the fundamentals of applied optics.
  • Computer programing (i.e. python).
  • Experience with Design Control for New Product Development.  


Additional Info

  • The role offers opportunities for career & technical development as part of the Transitions Optical structured career development program.
  • Some international travel might be required – up to 20%


Transversal Responsibilities

  • All employees have a responsibility to contribute to the Group’s sustainability and in doing so ensure that, we can continue to fulfil our mission.
  • All business decisions and actions must serve and be in line with the Group’s sustainability goals and mission.

An employee must abide by the legal compliance policy in the performing of his/her duties