Short Wavelength Sources and Attosecond/High Field Physics (OH)
Systems and Instrumentation (FS)
Ultrafast Optical Phenomena (OU)
X-Ray and Extreme UV Optics (FX)
Years of Experience:
Salary level dependent on education and experience
About the role:
As the Ultrafast Laser Engineer you will spend the majority of your time building and orchestrating the production of ultrafast Ti:sapphire laser systems and nonlinear frequency conversion systems, with up to 25% of time supporting installation and field service of our laser systems. You will be an integral member of a highly accomplished team bringing the most advanced ultrafast laser technologies to the market.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Integrate, test, and optimize ultrafast lasers and harmonic generation systems, including troubleshooting
Record data and notes for internal and customer-facing documentation
Build and test optical subsystems and develop work instructions in coordination with the Production Manager and Product Managers
Install completed systems at customer sites throughout the world
Support customers with fielded systems through remote technical support and onsite visits
Use data from customer service to identify areas for engineering improvements and collaborate with the engineering group on solutions
Requirements and Qualifications:
Laboratory experience with lasers and high-harmonic generation or closely related field
Ability to work successfully both independently and within a team, and coordinate with multiple internal and external stakeholders
Experience with ultrafast laser diagnostic equipment.
Experience with assembly, alignment, and troubleshooting of lasers and complicated optical setups.
Knowledge of laser technology, laser and optical design and modeling, optical components and materials from UV to IR, and optical metrology and measurement equipment.
Familiarity with diffraction gratings, polarization optics, reflective optics, beam telescoping, and general laser principles.
Excellent understanding of the interplay of structural, optical, and thermal design features on system performance.
Experience with high-vacuum and/or ultra-high vacuum systems
Ability to travel 25% of time to install and service fielded laser systems, including international travel.
Outstanding communication, technical writing, and time management skills.
BS degree in optics, physics, or related engineering discipline
Experience with manufacturing scientific equipment
Experience through education and/or professional experience building fs-class laser systems in a production environment.
Experience with engineering documentation, bill of materials, work instructions, and assembly process documentation for new products.
Experience with design for manufacturing and design for cost.
Experience in applications engineering.
Coding ability in language such as Python, Matlab, or LabVIEW
Customer relationship management and field installation/service experience.
MS degree in optics, physics, or related engineering discipline
Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories LLC (KMLabs) was established in 1994 by Henry Kapteyn and Margaret Murnane to provide the first commercial laser capable of generating 10 fs (10-14 sec) pulses of light— the basic design developed then remains the foundation of our Griffin product lines—still state-of-the-art performance two decades later.
KMLabs has expanded steadily to become one of the most capable ultrafast laser companies on the planet. In 2002, KMLabs commercialized the first ultrafast ti:sapphire laser-amplifier systems employing cryogenic cooling—a technology again driven by the needs of research for high-power ultrafast lasers to generate coherent x-rays. This technology is now represented in our Dragon and Wyvern product lines. In 2009, KMLabs began supplying the systems and apparatus required for coherent up conversion of laser pulses to very short wavelengths using the high harmonic up conversion process. This has evolved into the XUUS product, which in essence realizes a 50-year goal in laser technology of making a practical, tabletop-scale x-ray laser. This development comes as the increasing demands of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology demand new tools for investigati...on, inspection, and metrology.
KMlabs now has the widest range of ultrafast lasers in the industry. KMLabs has made the majority of the very high-power >10W average power ultrafast lasers used in leading edge research labs today, and has a robust program of SBIR/STTR-funded research to develop new generations of ultrashort-pulse laser technology. A major thrust in recent years is to take ultrafast laser technology out of the lab and into the field for uses such as precision micromachining and materials characterization.
KMLabs now is moving from research into industrial applications, bringing with it an unmatched depth of experience in the many subtleties of ultrafast laser technology that can make the different between success and mediocrity in outcome.
For additional company information, please visit: www.KMLabs.com
KMLabs is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, veteran status, age or disability status.