Title:  Senior Product Development Scientist

Senior Product Development Scientist – Emerging Technology

Company Overview:     

Over 25 years of successful Research and Development has positioned Transitions Optical as the market leader in the photochromic industry. 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.


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.   Reporting Line:  Emerging Concepts & Technology Manager


Job Purpose


As part of the R&D team in Transitions Optical, you will be responsible for carrying out research and development of new products. You will focus on bringing innovative solutions to components and processes in our photochromic coating technology. Embedded in a global and cross-functional team, you will contribute to the effective technology transfer from R&D to the manufacturing facilities to complete the industrialization and commercialization of our products.


Key Responsibilities of the Role

  • Lead strategic work streams in emerging technologies ( electrochmic devices, elecrochemistry, advanced photochromic materials).
  • Work as part of a team to Identify new and alternative technologies to enable opportunities within the field of light management.
  • Carry out material identification and testing, organising trials, detailed analysis and report writing. There will be a strong focus on organic coating development & materials identification and evaluation.
  • Lead iterative improvements and more importantly to identify novel materials and methods to enable new product requirements.
  • Facilitate the transfer of product and process knowledge across relevant departments and Transitions Optical sites by collaborating effectively with global teams
  • Present results of work to senior management and make recommendations.
  • Document all Lab work in order to support applications for Intellectual Property.











Key Requirements (Education and Experience)

  • M.Sc. in Chemistry or similar.
    • Experience in the field of organic coating synthesis
    • Ideally, experience in the field of electrochromic devices and/or Electrochemistry.
  • 3-5 years of experience in industry-basd research programs.
  • Previous experience coordinating teams of scientists/engineers.
  • Keen interest in hands-on laboratory work.
  • Co-ordinate trials and test work with technicians and other scientists.
  • Very good communication skills, both written and oral



  • Critical thinking
  • Design of experiments
  • Applied research to product development
  • Experimental design knowledge
  • Previous experience in the optical or ophthalmic industry


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 10%


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.