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Laser System Development Engineer

Coherent, Portland, OR, United States
Employer Description

Coherent is a world leader of lasers and laser-based technology for materials processing, microelectronics, scientific, life sciences and medical customers. The light we deliver touches almost every aspect of human life—vision correction to cell analysis, precision welding to 3-D metal printing, gravity wave detection to brain research. Put your talents to work at Coherent where you can create and innovate enabling technologies that will push the frontiers of science and technology.

Job Description

Coherent’s Laser Systems and Measurement (LSM) division designs and manufactures LD-based lasers, multi-laser light engines and laser measurement devices. We seek an outstanding development engineer to design and launch our next generation of lasers and light engines.


Provide technical leadership within the LSM Engineering group with the ability to work individually and in a team lead role. Complete project assignments to schedule in a multi-project environment.

Produce detailed designs of lasers, laser optics, optical fibers, optical fiber couplings, optical sensors, laser diode modules, and multi-laser light engines from UV to NIR in Zemax.

With mechanical and electrical engineers, develop sub-micron precision optical assemblies, assembly methods and test/metrology procedures for new products.

Build prototypes and conduct laboratory testing of laser diodes, laser modules, and multi-laser systems to project milestones.

Design beam shaping and line generation optics with Zemax.

Support the transfer of new products to manufacturing.

Work with marketing, sales & customers to develop product concepts, system performance targets and specifications and to support system integration.

Stay current with market and technology developments including market trends, competitive products and research in bio-instrumentation and related photonics.

Job Requirements

Education and Work Experience:

M.S. or Ph.D. in Optical Engineering, Applied Physics or a related discipline with three years of applicable product development experience.

History of customer care, product innovation and successfully delivering projects on time and on budget while meeting defined specifications.

Experience in the following areas:

  1. Optical system design of commercial laser products, both free space and fiber coupled.
  2. Design of micro-optics assemblies requiring passive and active alignment.
  3. Optical system alignment and build process development.
  4. Using geometric and physical optics in Optics Studio (Zemax) to design optical systems.
  5. Validation testing of optical system designs at the optical bench, prototype and product stages.
  6. Experience with optical adhesives and adhesive bonding methods.

Working knowledge of laser safety.

Working knowledge of SolidWorks and Labview is a plus.

Desired Characteristics

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent team and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong leadership ability.
  • System-level thinking combined with strong attention to detail.


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

25 November 2019
25 December 2019
Masters Degree
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors