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Engineer (laser science and technology)

National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization), Chiang Mai and Songhkla, Thailand
Employer Description

National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand:

NARIT (Public Organization)

The National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) is the leading research organization in Thailand that operates the Thai National Observatory, the largest observing facility of South-East Asia, that includes the 2.4 m Thai National Telescope (TNT) and the
40 m Thai Radio Telescope currently under construction.

NARIT established the 1st October 2020 the new “Optics & Photonics Centre” that aims at leading the research and development of optical instruments and related technologies in South-East Asia. The objective of to develop the following key areas identified as critical to stimulate the innovation in photonics in Thailand : hyperspectral imaging, freeform optics space technology, Active optics and Laser technology.

Our activities in optical instrument started in 2013 with the development of the NARIT optical laboratory that produced several advanced optical systems such as the TNT Focal Reducer, the Evanescent Wave Coronagraph or the EXOhSPEC high resolution spectrograph.

We are now expanding our team to accelerate and reinforce the development of the key optical technologies in Thailand and South-East Asia. In particular, we are now preparing the development of the first laser laboratory in Thailand that will be located at NARIT Regional Observatory of Songhkla starting October 2021.

In this framework, we are recruiting an experienced engineer in laser science and technology that will be in charge of preparing and leading the development of this laboratory.

Job Description

The experience Laser engineer will be a member of the NARIT Optics & Photonics laboratory and he/she will report to the Director of the Centre. He/She will setup a team of engineer, researchers and technicians with the objective to develop lasers for research, industry and civil applications

The duties of the proposed position are listed hereafter:

  1. To prepare the 10 years roadmap for laser science and technology development in Thailand: to identify the needs in laser technology in South-East Asia, to propose the most promising projects and to estimate the requested budget and human resources.
  2. To establish some collaborations with international research institutes in laser science and technology.
  3. To define the specifications and the design on the laser laboratory. To follow-up the construction of the laboratory and to verify that the performance are compliant to the specifications.
  4. To identify and procure the equipment and the tools needed to construct, optimize, test and characterize lasers at NARIT.
  5. To identify and procure the equipment for laser safety and to organize training to educate the staff to laser safety and good practices.
  6. To setup a team of engineers, researchers and technicians to develop state-of-art lasers in Thailand.
  7. To initiate and lead projects linked to the design and the development of lasers.
  8. To organize workshops and to give classes in laser science and technology to train the Thai students, researchers, engineers and entrepreneurs.
  9. To communicate the results of the work in refereed journals and international conference.
  10. To organize local and international workshops to teach the methods to design and develop optical instruments preferentially to the Thai and ASEAN community.
Job Requirements

The candidates are to have the following qualifications in possession;

  1. Master in Engineering, Optics, Instrumentation for Physics or related fields
  2. PhD in laser science and/or technology.
  3. Minimum 5 years of experience in developing and characterizing lasers.
  4. Proven capability to work with mechanical and system engineers.
  5. More than 3 publications in refereed journals related to laser science and technology or more that 3 patents in laser technology.
  6. 3 recommendation letters.
  7. Fluent in written and spoken English.
  8. Strong motivation for the development of astronomical and space instruments.
  9. Strong motivation to work in an intercultural environment
  10. Citizens of any country are invited to apply, without discrimination for gender, race or religion.


The position is for one year, with extensions possible. The monthly salary shall be equal to 58,000 THB/month, negotiable depending on the experience and the qualifications of the applicant This salary would be subject to income tax.

This position will be located at Songhkla with regular missions to NARIT Optics & Photonics Centre headquarter at Chiang Mai and other research institutes in Thailand. Cost of living and income tax in Thailand are considerable lower than, e.g., those in western countries. Songhkla is a very pleasant city in southern Thailand, close to the sea with many touristic attractions.

The position will be available starting from 1st January 2021. Applications can be sent in free format to the postal or email address and they shall include a cover letter with the foreseen starting date and a CV Short-listed applicants might be asked for an online interview (e.g. via Skype or Zoom).


Apply by one of the following channels via;

  1. Email; personnel@narit.or.th
  2. Post; addressed to

Human Resource Management Department (please refer to Job Application)

National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (Public Organization)

260 Moo 4, Donkaew, Maerim, Chiangmai, 50180 – Thailand



Dr Christophe Buisset, Director

NARIT Optics & Photonics Centre

260 Moo 4, Donkaew, Maerim, Chiangmai, 50180 – Thailand
Telephone:  (+66) 53 225 569 Ext. 501 Mobile phone: (+66) 9 1497 9919

21 February 2021
23 March 2021
15600 – 22800
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors