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Senior Product Development Scientist

TOPTICA Photonics, Inc., Farmington, NY, United States
Employer Description

TOPTICA develops and manufactures high-end laser systems for scientific and industrial applications. The portfolio includes diode lasers, ultrafast fiber lasers, terahertz systems and frequency combs. OEM customers, scientists, and over a dozen Nobel laureates all acknowledge the world-class exceptional specifications of TOPTICA’s lasers, as well as their reliability and longevity.

Founded in 1998 near Munich (Germany), TOPTICA became one of the leading laser photonics companies by aiming for, and consistently delivering high-end specifications. TOPTICA’s diode lasers are appreciated for excellent coherence, wide tuning range and ideal beam profiles.

With "A Passion for Precision" TOPTICA's 300+ employees take pride in developing customized systems. In close collaboration with several universities and institutes, latest scientific discoveries are frequently incorporated into commercial products. With a global distribution network, TOPTICA provides exceptional service worldwide.

Why should you be interested?  Strong contacts to the scientific community and our profound understanding of their needs motivate us to push the development always one step further and that results in world-renowned diode and fiber lasers based on cutting edge technology. We are looking for individuals with a strong customer focus and excellent communication skills to help our users get the most from their lasers.  Work with world-leading research groups as well as companies from startups to those with valuations in the hundreds of billions of USD.

We are looking for people who share the same “Passion for Precision” that keeps us excited and has resulted in nearly two decades of commercial success in the scientific and industrial environment.

TOPTICA is a global, equal opportunity employer that supports diversity in the workplace.  We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive total benefits package.

Job Description

Have you had an idea you have just been dying to build and commercialize? Do you have a passion for driving a technology from concept to launched product? Then this might be the role for you!

This role is critical to the expansion of our manufactured product strategies, and our continued commitment to bring advanced technologies from the lab to real-world applications for our customers.

The Senior Product Development Scientist will vet new ideas and perform market research to define new products to be manufactured which align with the company capabilities.  Define the over all market potential as well as drive the technical specifications and performance needs for success.


  • Develop and test new laser and laser adjacent product ideas to be designed and manufactured in the US.
  • Build and characterize early prototypes
  • R&D and Engineer to ensure manufacturability
  • Contribute to the design and specification of the product based on personal experience
  • Ensure the product conforms to TOPTICA's high standard of performance, quality, and reliability
  • Collaborate with manufacturing personnel to facilitate a transition to production
  • Work in concert with service to support the product post delivery
  • Periodic travel to TOPTICA headquarters in Germany as well as to worldwide offices and distributors
  • Perform market research to understand product needs and demand
  • Directly interface with current and potential customers to define design needs
  • Work closely with sales to drive product launch and success
  • Define the look and feel of the product
  • Evaluate product performance to help develop and update company goals and objectives
  • Prepare and rank project goals and objectives for management resources and decision making
  • Work closely with senior management on budget and timelines related to product development
Job Requirements

This individual should have a hands-on background including diode and/or ultrafast lasers.

  • Degree in physics, chemistry, biology, optics or similar photonics experience, PhD preferred.
  • Must have launched a commercial product
  • Hands-on laser experience
  • Strong ability to communicate
  • Excellent computer and project management skills
  • Well organized, structured and task focused
  • Eager to grow within the role, develop and build on current skills
  • Team-oriented
  • Identifying customers problems, consulting and providing a solutions
  • Good time management, independent and self-starting
  • Unrestricted right to work in the United States

Please talk to TOPTICA at the scientific conferences or shows that we attend regularly or submit your resume directly to Jobs@TOPTICAUSA.com

08 March 2021
06 June 2021
High School
Research and Development