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Applications Engineer II

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

Purpose of the Position

The position is responsible for providing high level technical support by solving complex problems, troubleshooting and working with customers to guide them to the best possible product solutions for their applications and experiments. The position works alongside fellow applications and design engineers to support: optics, lasers, polarization, fiber, opto-mechanics, spectroscopy, OCT, microscopy disciplines and more. Between onsite lab opportunities and customer interfacing, the position is exposed to every facet of the photonics industry. The position is primarily at our headquarters in Newton, NJ but there may also be opportunities to travel to tradeshows, other Thorlabs manufacturing facilities (foreign and domestic), and training events on and offsite.


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

  • Provide technical support via phone, web chat & e-mail to customers worldwide.
  • Demonstrate high level of knowledge and problem solving abilities in providing technical support to customers who purchase from our extensive product portfolio.
  • Interface with multiple support teams around the world to implement best practices globally
  • Demonstrate concern for customer centricity by quickly and effectively solving customer issues with strong aptitude for multitasking
  • Reproduce set ups and create technical solutions in the lab with intention of presenting to customers and internal design and marketing groups.
  • Manage requests in at least one product category of email ticket system by ensuring all requests are assigned to appropriate team members, following up on outstanding requests, and facilitating the closure of requests by providing proper direction
  • Develop and provide customized solutions, assist in the design of custom 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 such as test data, white papers, or video for use on our website or through other distribution channels
  • Assist with the new hire training process
  • Demonstrates ability to pass on unique skills to the growing group of Thorlabs Application Engineers.


Job Requirements

In addition to the essential functions and duties listed above, all positions are also responsible for:

  • Meeting company standards pertaining to quantity and quality of work performed on an ongoing basis, performing all work related tasks in a manner that is in compliance with all Company policies and procedures.
  • Adhering to Company policies, procedures, and directives regarding standards of workplace behavior in completing job duties and assignments.

The Company retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.





  • Minimum of 2-3 years of direct experience with optics, mechanics, lasers, and/or electrical components




  • BSc, MSc or PhD degree in Optics, Physics or a related Engineering field or equivalent work experience.



Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Proven Hands on Knowledge of Photonics and Laser Technology via work or laboratory experience.
  • Ability to develop and communicate dept. goals in support of Thorlabs' mission.
  • Ability to multitask, show attention to detail, and solve complex problems
  • Responds to all interactions in a cheerful and positive manner
  • Exhibits Strong presentation skills.
  • Demonstrates ability to think critically to solve customer requests independently
  • Ability multitask, show attention to details, and to solve multi-disciplinary problems under time constraints




The position is a 40hr/week position. The team starts at staggered times to cover our 8am – 8pm hours of operation

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. Em

15 November 2020
15 December 2020
Bachelor's Degree
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors