Photonic Component Development Engineer

SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Albany, New York
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Photonic Component Development Engineer


About SUNY Polytechnic Institute:

Employment is with the Research Foundation for The State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly).


The Research Foundation for The State University of New York (SUNY) is the largest, most comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country. The Research Foundation manages SUNY's research portfolio, providing essential sponsored programs administration and innovation support services to SUNY faculty, students and staff performing research in areas including life sciences and medicine; engineering and nanotechnology; physical sciences and energy; social sciences; arts and humanities; and computer and information sciences.


The Research Foundation, a private, not-for-profit corporation, is an employer separate from both SUNY and the State of New York, and offers comparable compensation and benefit plans. The Research Foundation is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research, and working environment. Potential applicants who share this goal, especially underrepresented minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.


Job Description:
Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

This position is to develop optical components for the AIM Photonics technologies. The AIM Photonics technologies include photonic integrated circuits (PICs) which have also been integrated with to form photonic/electrical interposers using 2.5 and 3D technology. The Photonic Component Development Engineer will design state of the art photonic components using industry standard simulation and design tools. Example elements include but are not limited to: waveguides, edge couplers, vertical couplers, 4-port splitters, Y-junctions, power taps (1%, 10%), layer transitions, crossings, polarization splitters/rotators, Mach-Zehnder modulators, thermo-optic phase shifters, microring modulators, microring filters, and phototectors,. This position will be closely aligned with developers from the AIM Photonics technology development team in order to create a powerful component library for users of the AIM Photonics technology. This position will be the first line of contact when a component issue is encountered by the end user. This requires understanding and resolving some problems with the user, or determining the root cause and solving larger issues across various internal teams. Therefore, excellent communication skills with different constituencies and outstanding analytical skills are required in addition to the technical knowledge of silicon photonics.


Other reasonable duties as assigned.


You must possess a minimum of a PhD of Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering or Computer Science (accredited by the US Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization) with 5+ years of experience in photonic design or a Master's Degree with 8+ years of experience.


Applicants must address in their applications their abilities to work across organizations and with customers, universities, and the internal AIM Photonics group.


Applicants must address in their applications their abilities to work with a culturally diverse population. This position is contingent on the satisfactory completion of a background check; this position may require annual background checks.


Additional Information:
Research Foundation for SUNY Polytechnic Institute offers exceptional benefits such as healthcare, dental, vision, pension plans, competitive pay, generous paid time off, tuition assistance, life insurance and long-term disability insurance.


As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer, Research Foundation for SUNY at SUNY Polytechnic Institute will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, creed, religion, color, citizenship, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, gender identification or expression, genetic information, familial status, marital status, pregnancy, status as a domestic violence victim, criminal conviction, disability, military status, disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, Armed Forces Service Medal veteran, active duty or wartime campaign badge veteran, or other characteristic as protected by law. Please feel free to review your equal employment opportunities protections and laws pertaining to these protections at


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Application Instructions:
Persons interested in the above position should submit a resume, three letters of reference, letter of application, along with The Research Foundation for SUNY employment application. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a position please email us at or call 518-437-8686.




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