Sr Optoelectronic Packaging Engineer

    • Thorlabs
  • Jessup, MD
  • Posted 60+ days ago | Updated 4 days ago


On Site
Full Time


Root cause analysis
New product introduction
Attention to detail
Mechanical engineering
Design documentation
Product development
Electrical engineering
Materials science
Problem solving
Life insurance
Integrated circuit
Optical fiber
Microsoft Excel

Job Details

This position is responsible for developing optoelectronic packaging for advanced photonic components, including semiconductor lasers and photonic integrated circuits. Extensive experience with advanced photonic components and the ability to do the related optical and mechanical design is expected, as well as the proven ability to bring optoelectronic products into production. This role collaborates actively with semiconductor chip designers, process engineers and test engineers to design, develop, and manufacture photonic components from proof-of-concept prototypes all the way through final design documentation and product qualification.

Essential Job Functions include the following, but are not limited to:
  • Design and develop optoelectronic packaging for semiconductor lasers and related devices using strong multi-disciplinary engineering skills and knowledge
    • Mechanical
    • Optical
    • Materials
  • Design new products taking advantage of existing packaging processes and manufacturing infrastructure
  • Create new packaging processes and manufacturing infrastructure
  • Document designs, analysis, and test results in engineering reports
  • Support root-cause-analysis and yield improvement for existing manufacturing processes
  • Support training and creation of work instructions for new manufacturing processes

The Company retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position

The employee must have the ability to work in a clean-room environment with compressed gases, lasers and use personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, masks, and gloves. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



U.S. Person

Ability to work on ITAR-related projects.

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in the design and manufacturing of optoelectronic devices such as semiconductor lasers or related photonic devices.
  • Proven track record of releasing to production optoelectronic devices with light coupled to single mode fiber.
  • Experienced with product development processes and new product introduction (NPI) processes.

  • BS, MS, or Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Optical Engineering, or Physics.

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:
  • Proficient with mechanical, optical, and thermal CAD tools (e.g. SolidWorks, AutoCad, Comsol, Zemax).
  • Strong problem-solving skills, and good experimental technique, coupled to an absolute attention to detail.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills, making use of clear concise models and calculations to support proposed engineering improvements; good use of tools such as Excel, Matlab, Powerpoint, etc.

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.


Thorlabs offers a complete benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance, company paid life insurance, a generous PTO package, a 401(k) plan, and tuition reimbursement just to name a few.