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Photonics Applications Engineer - AR/VR

Applied Materials, Santa Clara, CA, United States
Employer Description

We are the leader in materials engineering solutions used to produce virtually every new chip and advanced display in the world. Our expertise in modifying materials at atomic levels and on an industrial scale enables customers to transform possibilities into reality. At Applied Materials, our innovations Make Possible a better future. 

Our strength is in our global reach and resources.

Applied Materials has over 27,000 employees in more than 115 locations and 19 countries. Every day, we help high tech manufacturers around the world stay in the vanguard of technology and increase efficiency throughout the equipment lifecycle, so they can realize their technology roadmaps, solve tough problems, and overcome production challenges. We’re where they need us, when they need us, with the in-depth process expertise, advanced services, and continuous innovations they demand.


Job Description

Within the Office of the CTO, the Photonics Platforms Business is a pioneer in the manufacturing and commercialization of integrated nano-photonic devices for applications in imaging, sensing and displays.   We are harnessing the power of Applied Material’s world-leading material science and nano-fabrication capabilities to enable the next generation of photonic devices.  

We are seeking a full-time Photonics Application Engineer with experience in optical modeling, design, and prototyping optical systems to engage with customers and partners to enable a new generation of AR products utilizing our photonics devices.  

The position requires an MS or equivalent in photonics, optics, physics, or related field. Candidates must have excellent technical communication skills, optical design experience, hands-on lab experience, a strong familiarity with optical materials and fabrication methods, and be willing to travel. Previous experience working on product development, and familiarity with optical and mechanical design tools are advantageous. Successful candidates must work well in cross-functional teams to respond to customer and partner issues and develop solutions. 

Job Requirements

Key Responsibilities

  • Engage with customers to communicate basic waveguide technical information

  • Understand customers’ unique waveguide integration challenges

  • Communicate customer waveguide integration challenges to required internal teams

  • Communicate to customer technical solutions, tradeoffs, testing plans regarding waveguide integration

  • Data analysis of metrology data relevant to customer inquiries

  • Generate standard documentation

  • Application Notes

  • Application Hardware Guide for Waveguide Integration

  • Operate demos for some customers and partners

  • Must travel frequently with short notice

  • Must be available for customer support outside typical working hours

Required Skills

  • MS or equivalent in photonics, optics, physics, or related field 
  • Excellent inter-personal skills (must interact with external customers, external partners, and all internal teams) 
  • Excellent technical communication skills 
  • Excellent technical writing skills 
  • 3+ years experience in optical design (experience in refractive, diffractive, polarization optics) 
  • 3+ years experience in an optical lab environment (hands-on experience creating benchtop optical systems) 
  • Familiar with optical metrology methods and metrics 
  • Familiar with optical materials (glasses, crystals, thin films, adhesives, etc) 
  • Familiar with waveguide manufacturing processes (Deposition methods, Dry Etch, Wet Etch, NIL, Photolithography, Dicing, Edge Blackening) 
  • Familiar with physical metrology methods (SEM, TEM, Elemental Analysis, CDSEM, AFM, etc

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience with optical design software (FDTD, FEM, RCWA, etc) 
  • Experience with MATLAB, Python, and JMP 
  • Experience with 3D CAD


Bachelor's Degree

Years of Experience:

4 - 7 Years

U.S. Salary Range:

$152,000.00 - $209,000.00

The salary offered to a selected candidate will be based on multiple factors including location, hire grade, job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and with consideration of internal equity of our current team members. In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, candidates may be eligible for other forms of compensation such as participation in a bonus and a stock award program, as applicable.

For all sales roles, the posted salary range is the Target Total Cash (TTC) range for the role, which is the sum of base salary and target bonus amount at 100% goal achievement.

Applied Materials is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. 

31 January 2024
01 March 2024
Bachelor's Degree
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors