Optical Engineer | ThorLabs

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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Position Location: 
Morganville, NJ
Job Description: 

Purpose of the Position

Vytran, a division of Thorlabs seeks a senior-level optical/laser engineer to join our Research & Development team. The candidate will be responsible for running their own research projects aimed at developing advanced optical fiber processing equipment for a new generation of glass processing equipment.

The position is based in Morganville, NJ. Domestic and international travel will be less than 10%. 

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

  • Work independently and collaboratively on research projects.
  • Work with CO2 laser, CW and pulsed, on optical fiber processing
  • Design experiments and qualification/test plans for the system and the processes.
  • Optical system design in Zemax, prototyping, and system troubleshooting
  • Detailed documentation on design, experiment, prototyping, testing, and etc…
  • Participate in engineering and general design reviews as required.
  • Perform optical expertise function for engineering team and all manufacturing operations for any related issues, problems, or improvements.
  • Interact with production personnel to define and solve manufacturing/design issues and implement cost reduction ideas with regard to company products.
  • Interact with vendors and purchasers concerning supplied and proposed components.
  • Keep current with newest applications, products, and manufacturing techniques within the industry.  Share, discuss, and collaborate while looking for opportunities to implement.



  • 5+ years’ experience designing optical systems with hands on experience working in the lab environment.
  • Experience with CAD, prefer Inventor, SolidWorks.
  • Demonstrated technical background and hands on experience in such fields as optics, opto-mechanical design, laser optics, polarization, microscopy, and telecommunications. Hands on experience with optics including alignment, measurement, and testing


  • M.S. in Optical Engineering or Physics

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • In depth knowledge of CO2 laser systems and material processing with laser systems
  • Able to work on multiple projects concurrently
  • Proficient on optical system design and troubleshooting with Zemax
  • Knowledge of optical-mechanical and electrical components in the system
  • Team oriented. Proven teamwork skills in a cross-functional engineering environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of current optical design, fabrication, assembly, and test techniques
  • Project Management skills a plus
  • Strong ability to take initiative with a deep sense of ownership
  • History of demonstrated innovation
  • 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.