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Science Writer II

Thorlabs, Inc., Newton, NJ, 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

Purpose of the Position


The Science Writer II role is responsible for strengthening Thorlabs’ position as a leading manufacturer of Photonics products through the creation of effective technical content that informs and educates the photonics community about Thorlabs’ products and their applications. This role will demonstrate a firm understanding of Thorlabs’ extensive product portfolio via the delivery of high-quality website content, tradeshow materials, and other marketing collateral. The Science Writer II will be able to draw on their existing technical experience and photonics knowledge to engage in meaningful conversations with engineering teams to support product revisions, product feedback, and general website improvements; propose and plan changes to Thorlabs’ website to enhance the buying experience for customers; and successfully execute their plans to produce high-quality content requiring minimal feedback. This role works closely with graphic artists to create presentations. Original content is based on basic information provided by Thorlabs’ engineers, as well as prior knowledge gained from using similar products in the field.

Although the position is based out of Newton, NJ; Lafayette, Colorado; or Rochester, New York, from time to time it may be required to undertake duties at other Thorlabs locations.


Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants 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





·       3 years of prior photonics lab experience is desirable.




·       Advanced degree in Physics, Optics, Lasers, Engineering, or a closely related field or bachelor’s degree plus 3-5 years equivalent work experience.



Specialized Knowledge and Skills:


·       Strong interpersonal skills for working in a team environment.


·       Excellent writing and presentation skills in English.


·       Excellent organizational and planning skills.


·       Ability to multitask, be detail oriented, and solve problems, all while under tight time constraints.


·       Willing to constantly learn new technologies/products and their applications.


·       Strong bias for action.

26 March 2024
25 April 2024
Masters Degree
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors