Grad Student Intern | MKS / Newport

Date Posted: 
Sunday, February 21, 2021

Industrial Affiliates Employer Icon

Position Location: 
Franklin, MA
Job Description: 

Spectra-Physics, Ophir and Newport are brands within the MKS Instruments Light & Motion division. We provide a full range of solutions including lasers for precision industrial and scientific research applications, laser and LED measurement, beam profiling, precision motion control, optical tables and vibration isolation systems, photonics instruments, opto-mechanical components and optical elements. MKS Light & Motion solutions enhance our customers’ capabilities and productivity in the semiconductor, industrial technologies, life and health sciences, research and defense markets.

Are you naturally curious? So are we at MKS. Our collective curiosity drives us to be an innovation leader in many industries. Our products drive technology advancements across a wide range of applications such as 5G, augmented/virtual reality, autonomous vehicles, clean drinking water and space exploration. We are a team of collaborators who value fresh thinking and believe in mutual respect, constructive candor, diversity and inclusion. As a valued and trusted partner to our customers, we are continually pushing the boundaries of possibility. We believe in creating technology that transforms our world and are looking for like-minded individuals to join our team. If this is appealing to you, we want to meet you.

Newport, now part of the Light and Motion (L&M) division within MKS Instruments, is the world’s largest photonics company providing innovative solutions and industry-leading product brands to multiple markets. Our combined product portfolio includes Corion®, ILX Lightwave™, New Focus™, Ophir, Oriel® Instruments, Richardson Gratings™, and Spectra-Physics® Lasers. We provide complete photonic solutions to make, manage and measure light.

We are looking for an exceptional Summer Intern:

  • Who will be responsible for specific project plan and execution related to one of the following three focus areas: A) Thin-film deposition process and characterization, B) Holographic or ruled grating development and refinement, C) Polymer development for replicated mirror related processes.  Across all three areas, there are further potential opportunities in metrology, automation and data collection/manipulation efforts.
  • Work collaboratively with the Engineering and Operations teams in either Franklin, MA or Rochester, NY (or both)
  • Together with your site-specific Intern sponsor, Develop and plan a suitable 3-month (duration of internship) project supporting the Engineering or Production efforts
  • Project plan to be aligned with the individual’s interests, skills and most importantly, with either planned improvements, enhancements or development activities
  • Apply hands-on interaction both directly working on the project and applying skill sets developed in schooling
  • Technical project management along with the ability to research, investigate and evaluate technical processes
  • Weekly progress meetings, status updates; End of internship presentation of project

What will you bring to the team, along with your curiosity is:

  • BS in Optics, Physics, Engineering or related field
  • Pursuing a MS or PhD in a related field such as Optics, Physics, Polymer Science or Optical/Ceramic/Mechanical Engineering; expected completion in spring of 2022
  • Research in directly applicable area such as laser interactions, plasma physics, film growth, optical properties and similar. Or, planned research in the next academic year
  • Ideally, At least one publication (Author/Co-author) in directly applicable area
  • Design of experiments (DOE) and structured problem solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Any of the following are Desired:
    • Solid knowledge of thin film coating and optics (geometrical, physical and lasers);
    • Hands on experience with optics fabrication techniques a plus 
    • Knowledge of replicated optics, optical aberration theory and aspheric testing experience a plus
    • Technical writing skills with Microsoft Word or other tools

Key Attributes:

  • Honest and Hardworking
  • Disciplined but Inquisitive
  • Action oriented with attention to details
  • Able to work both as part of a team and individually
  • From an academic standpoint, we seek individuals who are ideally in the top third (GPA) of their respective class with demonstrated Lab experience.  Prior applicable intern experience is preferred

Globally, our policy is to recruit individuals from wide and diverse backgrounds.  However, certain positions require access to controlled goods and technologies subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or Export Administration Regulations (EAR).  Applicants for these positions may need to be “U.S. persons.”  “U.S. persons” are generally defined as U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals, lawful permanent residents (or, green card holders), individuals granted asylum, and individuals admitted as refugees.

MKS Instruments, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We solicit and hire applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected category. Our policy is to employ the most qualified applicants. We conduct background checks and drug screens, in accordance with company policies and federal and state guidelines.