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Thin Film Coating Process Engineer

Thorlabs, Inc., Newton, NJ, United States
Employer Description

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.

Job Description

Provide technical support to manufacturing in the resolution of production problems, introduction of new products, waste reduction, and process improvement. Although the location of the position is in Newton, NJ, from time to time it may be required to undertake duties at other Thorlabs locations.

Essential Job Functions include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Select deposition equipment based on application and mirror coating requirements.
  • Specify process requirements, inspect equipment, write specifications, set up equipment, run experiments, collect data, tweak chamber parameters, write up process instructions, and train operators on equipment specifications and processes.
  • Own and manage process during process sustainment, ensure all coating equipment consistently performs according to requirements and recommend repairs, upgrades, modifications, or new equipment purchases.
  • Perform Root Cause Analysis on chronic product problems and implement corrective/preventive actions.
  • Assist in developing and implementing Quality Management System for coating lab.
  • Create and maintain standard operating procedures for all processes. Optimize process run conditions and document.
  • Strong demonstration of presentation skills.




  • Minimum 2 years of experience of Process Design and Engineering
  • Strong experience running Thin Film Deposition Systems
  • Experience using Thin Film design software, TFcalc ,Optilayer, Macleod,
  • Strong Experience Maintaining and repairing coating equipment.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science, Physics or one of the Engineering disciplines.
  • Six Sigma certification a plus

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong analytical skills, utilizing effective trouble shooting and problem-solving techniques
  • Ability to design AR and HR coatings from UV to mid IR
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills with co-workers, customers, and suppliers
  • Strong work ethic, displaying attention to detail, initiative, adaptability, and integrity; team player, strong entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Knowledgeable of good housekeeping and safety practices in a clean room environment
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, and to exercise sound professional judgment


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.

11 March 2019
10 April 2019
Bachelor's Degree
Advanced Manufacturing