Senior Application Engineer

West Coulmbia, South Carolina 29170
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

This position is for an entry to mid-level individual who has an analytical chemistry background. Position entails the development and design of new products for Thorlabs Spectral Work’s spectroscopy and sensor product lines. The engineer will be responsible for managing projects from concept to finished product. Although the location of the position is in Columbia, SC, in very limited cases it may be required to undertake duties at other ThorLabs locations.

Essential Job Functions include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Design new products to add to the Thorlabs online catalog including spectral sensing tools, spectroscopy accessories, sub-assemblies, etc.
  • Perform data analysis of prepared samples and/or spectra data using various software tools
  • Develop and implement algorithms and chemometric models in MATLAB and other tools for processing spectra (PCA, PLS and MLR)
  • Perform multivariate calibration on data models, prototype sensors and mature products
  • Collaborate with teammates on developing a new spectral sensors (point detection and hyperspectral imaging)
  • Communicate results with team and management in the form of short presentations during meetings.
  • Compile and analyze results from traditional instrumentation and compressive sensing techniques to produce peer-reviewed publications
  • Planning of continuous improvement projects, to increase productivity and reduce user complexity
  • Prepare design proposals and documents. Develop proposed product offering through market analysis, understanding of application, customer requests, manufacturing capabilities, costs, capacity, projected sales, and any other driving forces.
  • Interact with production personnel to define and solve manufacturing/design issues and implement cost reduction ideas with regard to company products.
  • Perform liaison function between engineering team and all manufacturing operations for any related issues, problems, or improvements.
  • Work with the quality department to define problem areas and implement product improvements based on customer repair/rejection concerns.
  • Prepare technical data such as experimental design, qualification test procedures, acceptance test procedures, reports, manuals, etc.
  • Interact with vendors and purchasers concerning supplied and proposed components.
  • Coordinate as required with other internal groups including Sales, Accounting personnel, Fabrication, Technical Marketing, Technical Support, OEM Team, Management, Planning, and Assembly.
  • Acts as a key spectroscopy and chemometrics technical resource for the company for both internal and external customers.
  • Keep current with newest applications, and products with in the industry. Share, discuss, and collaborate while looking for opportunities to implement.
  • Monitor, analyze, and report on assigned competitors’ trends, acquisitions, and product line changes.
  • Advise supervisor of work status, workload, problems and progress as related to work assignments.
  • Responsible for all changes and problems related to assigned product lines for entire product life cycle.
  • Assists drafting, lab testing, manufacturing, quality, and planning as required.





  • Three to Five years of industry experience or related coursework in the field of spectroscopy, analytical chemistry and/or chemometrics.



  • Master’s degree in or closely relating to spectroscopy and analytical chemistry. A PhD degree is preferred.


Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated technical background and hands on experience in such fields as spectroscopy, analytical chemistry and/or chemometrics. Hands on experience with optics including alignment, measurement, and testing
  • Knowledge of optics theory, design, fabrication, assembly, and test techniques
  • Experience with Matlab, SolidWorks, CAD, or other modeling software
  • Familiarity in computer languages such as Visual Basic, C++, Python, Labview is a plus
  • Experience using metrology equipment including calipers, interferometers, spectrophotometers, microscopes, lab setups, and other devices
  • Strong project Management skills with a deep sense of ownership
  • Strong ability to take initiative, demonstrate innovation, and flexibility/adaptability in a fast-paced & dynamic environment

Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals 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.


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