Photonics Researcher

Santa Clara, CA 95050
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Job Description

Join Intel-and build a better tomorrow. Intel is in the midst of an exciting transformation, with a vision to create and extend computing technology to connect and enrich the lives of every person on Earth. So join us-and help us create the next generation of technologies that will shape the future for decades to come. 

As a Photonics Researcher, you will be working on research and development of novel integrated photonic devices for high-speed optical interconnect and sensing applications. You will be responsible for conducting feasibility studies on novel device architectures by benchmarking against existing solutions, conducting theoretical studies by multi-physics modeling of device performance, designing integrated photonic devices, and working closely with process engineers on device fabrication using state of the art fabrication facility. You will also develop measurement methodology and apparatus to test and characterize the fabricated devices and perform experiments to demonstrate their ability in various potential applications.

The successful candidate should exhibit the following behavioral traits:

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; strong presentation and technical writing skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and in an interdisciplinary team.
  • Self-starter and highly motivated to succeed in a fast-paced and challenging professional environment.
  • Results oriented and focused on the quality of work.

What we offer: 

  • We give you opportunities to transform technology and create a better future, by delivering products that touch the lives of every person on earth. 
  • As a global leader in innovation and new technology, we foster a collaborative, supportive, and exciting environment where the brightest minds in the world come together to achieve exceptional results. 
  • We offer a competitive salary and financial benefits such as bonuses, life and disability insurance, opportunities to buy Intel stock at a discounted rate, and Intel stock awards (eligibility at the discretion of Intel Corporation). 
  • We provide benefits that promote a healthy, enjoyable life: excellent medical plans, wellness programs, and amenities, flexible work hours, time off, recreational activities, discounts on various products and services, and much more creative perks that make Intel a Great Place to Work! 
  • We're constantly working on making a more connected and intelligent future, and we need your help.

Change tomorrow. Start today


You must possess the below minimum qualifications to be initially considered for this position. Preferred qualifications are in addition to the minimum requirements and are considered a plus factor in identifying top candidates. Experience would be obtained through a combination of prior education level classes, and current level school classes, projects, research, and relevant previous job and/or internship experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • The candidate must have a PhD or an equivalent degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Optical Science, or similar technical disciplines.
  • The candidate must have 3+ years of experience in silicon based opto-electronics technologies including:
    • Silicon photonics device design, fabrication, and characterization.
    • High-speed optical modulators and detectors.
    • Semiconductor lasers and amplifiers for optical communications.
    • Electrical and optical testing and data analysis.
    • Guided wave and free space optics involving optical alignment and fiber-to-waveguide coupling.
    • Lab experience with high-speed test equipment, such as DCA, VNA, BERT. 

Preferred Qualifications:

The candidate must have 3+ years of experience in:

  •  Semiconductor physics as related to photonic devices such as diode lasers, modulators, and photodetectors.
  • Test and measurement automation tools for optoelectronic device testing.

Feedback control for lasers and optical systems

Inside this Business Group

Intel Labs is the company's world-class, industry leading research organization, responsible for driving Intel's technology pipeline and creating new opportunities. The mission of Intel Labs is to deliver breakthrough technologies to fuel Intel's growth. This includes identifying and exploring compelling new technologies and high risk opportunities ahead of business unit investment and demonstrating first-to-market technologies and innovative new usages for computing technology. Intel Labs engages the leading thinkers in academia and industry in addition to partnering closely with Intel business units.

Posting Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, gender, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by local law, regulation, or ordinance.

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