Thin Film Manufacturing Process Engineer Intern | MKS | Newport

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Position Location: 
Franklin, MA or Rochester, NY
Job Description: 

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.

The Thin Film Manufacturing Process Engineer Intern 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.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • 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

Position Requirements:

  • 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
  • Able to work both as part of a team and individually
  • Attention to detail

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.


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