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Photonics Engineer

Thorlabs, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, 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

This is a photonics (opto-electronics) engineering position at the Thorlabs Ultrafast Optoelectronics (UFO) division in Ann Arbor. Thorlabs is the world’s largest privately held photonics catalog company, servicing commercial, academic, and government customers. Our product families include instruments and components for generating and measuring optical and electrical signals from DC to 100 GHz, as well as several families of picosecond and nanosecond pulsed lasers. This is an opportunity to work in a multi-discipline engineering team (hardware, software, optics, mechanics) to bring new products to market.

 

The primary responsibility is to assist senior engineering staff in new product development, support existing products, as well as develop and implement assembly and test procedures for products that contain precision optical, mechanical, and electronic components. This person will also offer technical support and guidance to the manufacturing operation.

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

  • Contribute to the design, prototyping and testing of new products
  • Provide recommendations for component choices
  • Evaluate and test candidate product concepts, including qualification
  • Verify & test product designs with theoretical models and simulations
  • Maintain documentation for the product development process
  • Create preliminary assembly and test work instructions
  • Coordinate all aspects of optical, electrical, and mechanical requirements
  • Interface with manufacturing engineer for transfer to production
  • Facilitate NPI functions within the corporate ERP system

Additional Job Functions

  • 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 compliant with all Company policies and procedures.
  • Adhering to Company policies, procedures, and directives regarding standards of workplace behavior in completing job duties and assignments.

Physical Activities:

  • Work may be active, could stand or sit for long durations and/or perform repetitious work at times. Exerts up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally. While performing the duties, the employee is regularly required to operate precision machines. The work areas may be noisy at times.

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.

 

Job Requirements

Experience:

  • Experience with electronic testing using oscilloscopes, probes, and multi-meters
  • Experience with optical and/or fiber-optic components highly desired
  • RF/microwave design or testing experience is valuable
  • Experience with reading and understanding electrical schematics
  • Analog circuit design, layout, and implementation
  • Experience with mechanical and/or electronic design software
  • Hands-on experience with photonic and fiber-optic products

Education:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in electrical engineering or field directly related to photonics and opto-electronics

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Familiarity with high-speed electronics as also a big plus
  • Comfortable with fusion of optical, electrical, and mechanical design elements
  • Be detail oriented, highly organized, and enjoy developing optical hardware
  • Candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Comfortable in start-up type environment; self-motivated individual

Other:

  • This position will interface heavily with engineering and production staff
  • Engineering career path leads to higher levels of product development and application

 

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.

 

JOB DETAILS
POSTED
23 February 2021
CLOSES
25 March 2021
JOB TYPE
Full-Time
REQUIRED EDUCATION
Bachelor's Degree
ANNUAL SALARY (US Dollars)
Open
JOB FUNCTION
Engineer
FIELD
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors