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Applications Engineer

Thorlabs, Inc., Austin, TX, 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

Responsible for providing technical support for Thorlabs Scientific Imaging products by solving problems, trouble shooting and working with customers to guide them to the best possible product solutions for their applications and experiments. To be able to provide this level of support you will get to work with several other application and design engineers that have years of experience in focal plane arrays, optics, lasers, polarization, fiber, opto-mechanics, spectroscopy, OCT, thin film coating and more. You will also work closely with engineering to generate support documentation and content as well as aid in the testing of new products. Between onsite lab opportunities and peer review you will be exposed to every facet of the photonics industry. Tech Support (Application Engineering) is a great training ground for putting your optics or physics knowledge to work. The position is primarily at our headquarters in Austin Texas but there may also be opportunities to travel to tradeshows, other Thorlabs manufacturing facilities (foreign and domestic), and training events on- and off-site.

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

  • Provide technical support via phone, web chat and e-mail to customers worldwide
  • Demonstrate expert knowledge and problem solving abilities in providing technical support to customers who purchase our extensive product portfolio
  • Interface with multiple support teams around the world
  • Reproduce set ups and create technical solutions in the lab
  • Develop and provide customized solutions, assist in the design of custom products
  • Provide critical user feedback to product development teams
  • Become skilled in the use of test equipment to help influence the design of next generation photonics products
  • Support Marketing and Sales activities by attending tradeshows and customer visits
  • Participate in managing the development of Thorlabs by being part of an interactive development forum
  • Develop Marketing materials like test data, white papers, or video for use on our website or through another distribution channel
  • Develop support documentation such as manuals and example code
  • Train new team members by passing on your unique skills to the growing group of Thorlabs Application Engineers



  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Optics, Physics or a related engineering field or equivalent work experience

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Microsoft products
  • Ability to read, write and interpret documents such as procedure manuals, routine reports and correspondence
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
  • Digital Cameras, CCDs, CMOS sensors, and general photonics
  • Be willing to work from home or a temporary location established by Thorlabs in accordance with Thorlabs Disaster Recovery Plan
  • Willing to work during any (but not all) of Thorlabs hours of operation for the technical support group: 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturday
  • Ability to learn programming of Linux, LabView, ImageJ, Micromanager

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.

06 September 2019
06 October 2019
Bachelor's Degree
Advanced Manufacturing