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IT Systems Engineer

Thorlabs, Inc., Jessup, MD, 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 Approximately 2,300 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

The IT Systems Engineer role utilizes extensive hands-on experience with IT infrastructure platform both on-premises and on cloud. The position will be responsible and assist in designing, building, and supporting resilient cutting-edge systems (Compute/Storage/Backups) and datacenter technologies to support our on-premises and cloud-based systems infrastructure. The position will work closely with systems, network, and cloud service engineers globally. The role is responsible for development, deployment, monitoring, analysis, reporting of the existing and proposed systems that can help organization plan expansion, scalability, and upgrades. This role will help Global IT team with proposals, contracts, technology cost and comparisons as it relates to system architecture. The systems engineering is referred to both On-Premises and Cloud based systems.


Essential Job Functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide system administration. management of the servers, storage, and backups in both virtual and desktop environments including cloud computing/storage environments applications and delivery systems.
  • Review current systems architecture design and documentation, aiming to develop upgrades, expansions, and improvement of the existing systems architecture while supporting and maintaining existing structure.
  • Design and implement highly available and redundant Systems Architecture
  • Proactive development of monitoring solutions for systems architecture
  • Troubleshoot issues related to systems architecture across platform
  • Develop and maintain documentation for all aspects of the systems architecture. Ensure they are up-to-date and accessible to the department.
  • Design and develop automation to reduce failures, manual tasks and therefore improving overall service performance, stability, and availability.
  • Escalation and management of issue with hardware, systems, software, services and vendors
  • Work with local/remote teams to support the delivery, deployment, and operation of systems and services
  • Ensures that security standards, practices, and policies are incorporated into all systems architecture.
  • Assist and support around the clock support schedule for systems architecture.
  • Assist and develop reports and dashboards that can help with cost management of cloud services and budgets


  • Occasional global travel required supporting corporate offices.
  • Occasional weekend maintenance


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 Requirements

Key skills:

  • Extensive technical experience configuring IS Infrastructure and Platforms.
  • Extensive experience in NAS, SAN, Technologies
  • Experience with Data Protection, Retention and Storage technologies
  • Experience with Disaster recovery design and solutions.
  • Extensive experience with virtualization and datacenter technologies.
  • Experience with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure solutions (Citrix/AVD etc)
  • Extensive knowledge of Directory, Policies and automation services.
  • Extensive knowledge of Clustering technologies as it related to Databases
  • Experience with implementing patch/update management solutions
  • Experience with system monitoring solution
  • Familiarity with of SAAS based systems design, development, and deployment
  • Consultative skills, including the ability to understand business requirements, identify risks and make recommendations for best practice design
  • The ability to document and conduct knowledge transfer to internal staff
  • Solid project management skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Good communication skills both verbal and written
  • Self-starter requiring minimal supervision
  • Ability to learn quickly and adapt to changing priorities and requirements
  • Experience with standard change management and configuration policies


Specific experience:

  • 10 years' experience of strong Enterprise-level system administration and engineering.
  • 3 years of proven work experience designing, deploying and managing Enterprise-class cloud systems (Azure/AWS/Google etc.)



  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or equivalent fields in IT or equivalent experience


11 November 2022
11 December 2022
Bachelor's Degree
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors