This position is for an entry to mid-level individual who has an optical and/or opto-mechanical design background. Position entails the development and design of new products for the optics product line. The engineer will be responsible for managing the project from concept to finished product. Although the location of the position is in Newton, NJ, in very limited cases it may be required to undertake duties at other ThorLabs locations.
Essential Job Functionsinclude the following, but are not limited to:
Design new products to add to the Thorlabs online catalog including thin film coatings, lenses, polarization optics, prisms, gratings, opto-mechanics, collimators, isolators, spectroscopy accessories, microscopy sub-assemblies, etc.
Prepare design proposals and documents. Develop proposed product offering through market analysis, understanding of application, customer requests, manufacturing capabilities, costs, capacity, projected sales, and any other driving forces.
Perform all necessary calculations such as optical simulation, thin film optimization, FEA/Stress/Thermal analysis, and polarization/retardance performance.
Interact with production personnel to define and solve manufacturing/design issues and implement cost reduction ideas with regard to company products.
Perform liaison function between engineering team and all manufacturing operations for any related issues, problems, or improvements.
Work with the quality department to define problem areas and implement product improvements based on customer repair/rejection concerns.
Prepare technical data such as qualification test procedures, acceptance test procedures, reports, component maintenance manuals, etc.
Interact with vendors and purchasers concerning supplied and proposed components.
Coordinate as required with other internal groups including Sales, Accounting personnel, Fabrication, Technical Marketing, Technical Support, OEM Team, Management, Planning, and Assembly.
Acts as technical authority for the company for both internal and external customers.
Keep current with newest applications, products, and manufacturing techniques within the industry. Share, discuss, and collaborate while looking for opportunities to implement.
Monitor, analyze, and report on assigned competitors’ trends, acquisitions, and product line changes.
Advise supervisor of work status, workload, problems and progress as related to work assignments.
Responsible for all changes and problems related to assigned product lines for entire product life cycle.
Assists drafting, lab testing, manufacturing, quality, and planning as required.
Three to Five years of industry experience or related coursework in the field of optics and photonics
Bachelor’s degree in or closely relating to Optics, Photonics, Physics, Engineering, Material Science. A Master’s degree is desirable.
Specialized Knowledge and Skills:
Demonstrated technical background and hands on experience in such fields as optics, opto-mechanical design, laser optics, polarization, microscopy, and telecommunications. Hands on experience with optics including alignment, measurement, and testing
Knowledge of optics theory, design, fabrication, assembly, and test techniques
Familiarity with optical modeling software, specifically Zemax and TFCalc, but also relevant CODE V, Essential MacLeod, Filmstar, OSLO, etc.
Experience with SolidWorks, CAD, or other modeling software and ability to understand technical drawings
Familiarity in computer languages such as Visual Basic, C++, Python, Labview
Experience using metrology equipment including calipers, interferometers, spectrophotometers, microscopes, lab setups, and other devices
Strong project Management skills with a deep sense of ownership
Strong ability to take initiative, demonstrate innovation, and flexibility/adaptability in a fast-paced & dynamic environment
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.
Founded in 1989, Thorlabs seeks to accelerate the forward movement of scientific discovery and advancement! As a vertically integrated 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, many of which are customer inspired.
Photonics is the foremost technology driving innovation in science and engineering. As the number of technological innovations has grown, 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. As light-based technologies push into new markets, Thorlabs plans to enter early with the products and services required to ensure the ultimate success of our customers.