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Principal Laser Engineer (Electro-Optical)

Alcon Research, LTD, Lake Forest, CA, United States
Employer Description

As the global leader in eye care, Alcon develops and manufactures innovative medicines and devices to serve the full life cycle of eye care needs. Alcon has one mission: to provide innovative products that enhance quality of life by helping people see better.


Job Description

Alcon is one of the world’s leading suppliers of laser based ophthalmic surgical equipment. We are seeking a laser engineer to join the R&D photonics division for development of state-of-the-art equipment and delivery devices. In this role, you will provide in-depth knowledge of surgical instrumentation domain as a technical leader across a range of engineering disciplines including Lasers, Semiconductors, Controls, Opto-Electronics, Optics, Fiber Optics, Optomechanical, and Materials.


  • Derive product design requirements based on top-level commercial/customer input.
  • Direct the design, assembly, alignment, measurement, testing, analysis, and troubleshooting of laser, optical, illumination, fiber optic, and single-use devices.
  • Lead medical device development activities such as prototyping and testing, pilot builds, V&V, risk assessment, and ramp-up to production validation.
  • Technical leader and SME for the organization who mentors peers about the domain and related technology.
  • Support all aspects of documentation and design control through ECN, ECO, and Wind-chill.
  • Contribute to patent portfolio and strategy development.
  • Identify technical, project schedule, and commercial viability risks.
  • Run cross-functional trade-off reviews and drive to design decisions.
  • Provide technical leadership with the ability to work individually and in a team lead role. Complete project assignments to schedule in a multi-project environment.
  • In-depth knowledge in laser physics, semi-conductor devices, & control of semiconductor devices.
  • Knowledge of thermal management of lasers and optical systems utilizing TEC
  • Basic knowledge of digital and analog electronics.
  • Hands-on in prototyping and testing optical and electro-optical systems and components, including but not limited to sensors, lasers, fiber-optics products.
  • Support the transfer of new products to manufacturing and manufacturing development activities.
  • Work effectively with cross-functional development teams including EE, SW, QA, and Mfg functions.
  • Stay current with market and technology developments including market trends, competitive products and research in Bio-Instrumentation and related photonics.
  • The ideal candidate should have the drive and aptitude to continuously learn about new fields and technologies and implement novel solutions to problems.
  • Must have very good problem solving skills and attention to details.
  • Must be a self-starter and a fast learner.
  • Must work efficiently both independently and within a team.
Job Requirements
  • Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent years of directly related experience (or high school +13yrs; Assoc.+9yrs; M.S.+2yrs; PhD+0yrs)
  • The ability to fluently read, write, understand and communicate in English.
  • 5 Years of Relevant Experience
  • Industry standard tools and methods for laser, optical, Opto-Electro-Mechanical Engineering
  • Domain knowledge in lasers, control, photonics, optics, Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems, and fiber optics
  • Optical, electro-optical, and Optomechanical metrology and testing practices
  • Architecture design, requirements and risk management, medical device V&V, reprocessing, and single-use devices.
  • Development of laser & Illumination systems
  • Precision manufacturing techniques and familiarity with active or passive alignment of optical devices both free-space and fiber coupled
  • Biomedical product or medical device development
  • Vendor and supplier management for Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems, sub-systems, components or OEM
  • Experience and proficiency with engineering development tools such as Matlab or LabVIEW for development, data processing and analysis
  • Ability to lead small team of engineers



EEO Statement


Alcon is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. Alcon takes pride in maintaining a diverse environment and our policies are not to discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. Alcon is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please send an email to alcon.recruitment@alcon.com and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Equal Employment Opportunity Posters: If you’d like to view a copy of the Alcon’s affirmative action plan or policy statement, please email alcon.er@alcon.com.

18 October 2019
17 November 2019
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors