This position supports the development and manufacturing of next-generation semiconductor lasers, namely, state-of-the-art MEMS-VCSEL swept-source tunable lasers for use in optical coherence tomography (OCT) applications. Responsibilities include contributing to the R&D process to develop initial prototypes and taking a laser product from prototype into manufacturing through the development of product design features, production processes, and test equipment. This position will require design, assembly, and testing of R&D prototypes, as well as support of both hardware and software for manufacturing assembly and test. This position involves working with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers including mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, software/database engineers, manufacturing personnel, and other electro-optic engineers to ensure that designs and manufacturing techniques will yield products that meet the customer’s specifications.
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Conceptualize and design photonic products, production processes, and test systems based on system and operational requirements
Prototype, develop, and characterize new laser products
Prototype and develop new production processes and test systems, including both hardware and software for use in production of semiconductor lasers.
Support new product introduction into manufacturing
Create budgets and schedules for these new developments
Maintain documentation for the product/system development process
Create and present engineering reports for performance/qualification analysis
Create assembly and test work instructions; train production personnel
Specify and purchase parts and equipment required for R&D prototype development
Specify and purchase parts and equipment for production systems; interact with vendors
Analyze device test performance for continual improvement and new requirements
Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.
Hands-on experience in the photonics industry, laser, or physics lab working with and aligning optical components.
Experience developing and testing semiconductor lasers
Experience automating various pieces of test equipment and/or motion control.
Master’s degree (or higher) in Electrical Engineering, Physics or related field(s) is required.
Specialized Knowledge and Skills:
Problem resolution skills for debugging new designs and optical assemblies
Manual dexterity to assemble and align precision opto-mechanical systems including interferometers and single-mode fiber coupling
Experience interfacing software with photonic test equipment for data acquisition
Knowledge of OCT or a related optical imaging/sensing laser application a real plus.
Experience with data analysis software (JMP, SQL, Matlab, Python)
Knowledge of semiconductor lasers
High attention to details
Flexibility/adaptability in a fast-paced & dynamic environment
Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
Effective written and oral communication
Thorlabs is a manufacturer of photonics components, instruments, and systems. Our vast product portfolio includes over 20,000 items, ranging from optics and optomechanical positioning components to imaging systems. Thorlabs has extended its core competencies in an effort to play an ever-increasing role serving the Photonics Industry at the research end, as well as the industrial, life science, medical, and defense segments. Headquartered in Newton, NJ, Thorlabs has grown to over 1800 employees with manufacturing and sales offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Japan, China, and Brazil.
Thorlabs encourages its employees to grow during their time with the organization by providing several benefits. Our benefits include full tuition assistance, internal advancement opportunities, health insurance (Thorlabs pays up to 75%), eye care and dental, 401k, and several wellness programs.