Senior Photonics Engineer

Job Description
This is a full-time, product development position at Thorlabs-Ann Arbor (TAA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Thorlabs, Inc. The charter of TAA is to design, develop, and manufacture leading edge photonics and opto-electronics products in concert with the broad technical base of Thorlabsí other business units. TAA is committed to a customer-centered strategy, and is an active member of the Michigan photonics R&D community.

∑ Conceptualize and justify new product ideas; interact with Sales & Marketing function
∑ Prototype, develop, test & qualify new products for manufacturing
∑ Create budgets and schedules for new product developments
∑ Interact with customers for new ideas and technical support
∑ Set-up and manage photonics development laboratories
∑ Maintain documentation for the product development process
∑ Create assembly and test work instructions; train personnel
∑ Design products suitable for lean manufacturing techniques
∑ Verify & test product designs with theoretical models and simulations
∑ Specify & purchase all parts and equipment required; interact with vendors
∑ Write support documentation, manuals, application notes
∑ Write and negotiate product specifications
∑ Report progress with periodic summary presentations

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.


∑ MS or PhD in Optics, Physics, EE or related field
∑ 5+ years of photonic product development (laboratory) experience
(Lasers, detectors, fiber-optics, oscilloscopes, network & spectrum analyzers, etc.)
∑ Ability to design and create custom test and data collection systems a plus
∑ Familiarity with LabView, data collection and analysis a plus
∑ Experience with optical simulation software (e.g. Zemax, Fred, ASAP, ray/beam propagation)

∑ Experience with electrical simulation and layout software (e.g. HFSS, ADS, Altium, Spice, etc.)
This includes high frequency design and analysis
∑ Familiarity with mechanical design software (e.g. Solidworks or AutoCad)
Finite element type modelling for thermal and/or stress analysis a plus
∑ Comfortable with fusion of optical, electrical, and mechanical design elements
∑ Experience with high-reliability and/or hermetic products a plus
∑ Knowledge of high frequency time & frequency domain testing to 100GHz
∑ Experience with die level semiconductor design and development
∑ Strong problem solving and design of experiment (DOE) skills
∑ Candidate must be detail oriented, highly organized, & able to document work
∑ Candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills


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