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 thru the development of test equipment in support of assembly line packaging and test. 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.
Essential Job Functionsinclude the following, but are not limited to:
Conceptualize and design photonic products and test systems based on system and operational requirements
Prototype, develop, and characterize new laser products
Prototype and develop new laser test system hardware and software for use in production
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 personnel
Specify & purchase parts and equipment required for R&D prototype development
Specify and purchase parts and equipment for new test systems; interact with vendors
Analyze device test performance for continual improvement and new requirements
Experience with OCT systems, or related optical imaging/measurement systems
Experience automating various pieces of test equipment and/or motion control.
Hands-on experience in the photonics industry, laser or physics lab
Master’s degree (or higher) in Electrical Engineering, Physics or related field(s) is required.
Specialized Knowledge and Skills:
Knowledge of photonic integrated circuits
Knowledge of OCT or related systems including signal processing algorithms
Experience with data analysis software (JMP, SQL, Matlab, Python)
Problem resolution skills for debugging new designs and 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 imaging laser applications, algorithms, and requirements
Knowledge of semiconductor lasers
High attention to details
Flexibility/adaptability in a fast-paced & dynamic environment
Ability to function autonomously with little direction/works well independently of others
Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
Effective written and oral communication
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.
About Thorlabs, Inc.
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.