Senior Photonics Engineer

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

This is a full-time, senior level, product development position at Thorlabs-UFO (Ann Arbor, MI) a division of Thorlabs, Inc. The charter of UFO is to design, develop, and manufacture leading edge, high-speed photonics and opto-electronics products in concert with the broad technical base of Thorlabs’ other business units. This position is key in the conceptualization and development of new UFO products. UFO is committed to a customer-centered strategy, and is an active member of the Michigan photonics R&D community.

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

  • 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


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.





  • 5+ years of photonic product development (laboratory) experience (Lasers, detectors, fiber-optics, oscilloscopes, network & spectrum analyzers, etc.)



  • MS or PhD in Optics, Physics, EE or related field


Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • 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
  • 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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