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Photonics Lab Specialist

Thorlabs, Inc., Shanghai, China
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

The person that fills this newly created position will be responsible for designing and improving laboratory training programs in Thorlabs’ Training Center located in Shanghai. He/she will work with application engineers to design experiments dedicated to conduct photonics lab knowledge to our customers as a value-added service. He/she will also help develop the oral presentation skills of the application engineers group. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate a broad understanding of photonics, practical lab experience in designing and building a wide variety of experimental setups, and the ability to create laboratory scenarios that will challenge our customers and application engineers to learn new skills.

Knowledge & Skills:

- Work with application engineers to determine testing procedure

- Actively participate in product design discussions

  • Design and Provide Laboratory Training to Thorlabs Customers

    - Work with application engineers to design lab experiences that provide customers with practical knowledge of products and applications. The experiences will need to cover basics like coupling light into a single mode fiber to more application oriented experiences like designing and building a Raman spectroscopy setup.

    - Deliver lectures on basic and advanced topics including both laboratory and theoretical knowledge

    - Teach how to keep a lab notebook and how to present the results

    - Provide support to more experienced engineers as they design their own experiments

  • Support the integration of our products into customer applications
  • Involve in Product Development and Testing
  • Involve in the design, construction, and support of tradeshow demonstration


  • Ph.D. in Physics or Engineering
  • 10 Years Laboratory Experience in Research or Product Development
  • Teaching Experience and excellent communication skills
  • Broad Base of Photonics Knowledge with Expertise in Multiple Applications and Measurement Techniques (e.g., Spectroscopy, Laser Characterization, Fiber Optics, Polarization Optics, and Adaptive Optics)
  • Fluent in Mandarin and English

If you are interested in this position, please update your resume and forward to China-HR@thorlabs.com


If you are interested in this position, please update your resume and forward to China-HR@thorlabs.com

06 September 2019
06 October 2019
Advanced Manufacturing