Senior Laser Engineer #R861 | MKS Instruments Inc

Date Posted: 
Friday, June 4, 2021

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Position Location: 
Milpitas, CA
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?  At MKS, our collective curiosity drives us to be an innovation leader in many industries.  Our products drive advancements in a wide range of technical fields like cloud computing, the generation of clean drinking water, self-driving cars, and space exploration.  We are a collaborative team that values fresh thinking and believes in mutual respect, constructive candor, diversity, and inclusion.  Our customers value us as a partner and trust us to continually push the boundaries of possibility.  We believe in creating technology that transforms and improves our world and are looking for new team members who share our vision.  If this is appealing to you, we want to meet you.

    Spectra-Physics is the Lasers Business Unit of MKS Instruments.  We have an excellent opportunity for someone like you to join our innovative product development engineering team as a Senior Laser Engineer.  In this position, you will build prototypes and contribute to the optical design of free-space and fiber-based laser systems.  You will work interactively within a project team and use your excellent interpersonal and communication skills to work effectively with cross-functional team members.  We push the boundaries of technology to develop a wide range of nanosecond, picosecond, and femtosecond lasers that address the needs of Industrial, Scientific, and Life and Health markets.  If you have a passion for working with cutting-edge laser systems, this is the role for you.

    What you will do is:

    • Contribute to the optical design of fiber-based and free-space lasers.  Execute experiments to test conceptual designs.  Use computational tools to aid in design and to document optical system performance.  Work with mechanical and electrical engineers to assist in evaluating and documenting opto-mechanical and electro-optical specifications
    • Build, test and document systems prototypes:  measure optical and opto-electronic parameters and evaluate results, create test reports and generate design documentation including optical diagrams, drawings, and optical components specifications
    • Work with optical component vendors for component procurement and to complete performance and reliability evaluation
    • Work in a multi-disciplinary team and interact with Electrical, Mechanical, Software and Manufacturing Engineers on new product development and to transfer the design to production
    • Guide and train technicians on newly developed processes and optical measurement techniques

    What you will bring to the role and to our team are the following qualifications and engineering skills:

    • 4+ years of work experience with BS degree or 2+ years of work experience with MS degree
    • Hands-on experience in free-space beam and optical cavity alignment for CW and pulsed laser systems
    • Hands-on experience with operating and characterizing acousto-optic and electro-optic modulators and pulse selectors
    • Ability to independently define opto-electronic measurement procedures, set up and perform the measurements, evaluate the results, and clearly communicate the conclusions to peer engineers and management
    • Experience with optical measurement instruments:  beam parameters analyzers, power meters, auto-correlators, fast opto-electronics, oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers and spectrometers, scanning interferometers
    • Experience with Gaussian beam propagation software tools (Paraxia and/or others)

    If you have familiarity with any of the following, please let us know:

    • Familiar with sub-picosecond pulse generation, measurement and characterization
    • Familiarity ray-tracing analysis software (ZEMAX, FRED and/or others)
    • Hands-on experience with harmonic generation and nonlinear crystals (SHG, THG, SFG)
    • Model basic harmonic processes using SNLO, Matlab and/or other suitable software tools
    • Familiar with optical non-linear processes (SPM, SBS, Raman, etc.)
    • Experience with automated measurement and control methods (Python)

    Globally, our policy is to recruit individuals from wide and diverse backgrounds.  However, for positions requiring access to export-controlled goods and technical data that are subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or Export Administration Regulations (EAR), MKS Instruments. Inc. may have to obtain an export license from the U.S. Government. As such, applicants for these positions, except “U.S. persons” (generally defined as U.S. citizens, noncitizen nationals (holder of a US Passport), lawful permanent residents (or, green card holders), individuals granted asylum, and individuals admitted as refugees), may be subject to an export license review process. Employment is contingent upon issuance of the license.

    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.