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R&D Scientist: Optical, Laser-based Systems

Biolase, Inc. , Foothill Ranch, CA, United States
Employer Description

BIOLASE is a medical device company that develops, manufactures, markets, and sells laser systems in dentistry and medicine. BIOLASE's products advance the practice of dentistry and medicine for patients and healthcare professionals. BIOLASE's proprietary laser products incorporate approximately 300 patented and 35 patent-pending technologies designed to provide biologically and clinically superior performance with less pain and faster recovery times. BIOLASE's innovative products provide cutting-edge technology at competitive prices to deliver superior results for dentists and patients. BIOLASE's principal products are revolutionary dental laser systems that perform a broad range of dental procedures, including cosmetic and complex surgical applications. BIOLASE has sold over 41,200 laser systems to date in over 80 countries around the world. Laser products under development address BIOLASE's core dental market and other adjacent medical and consumer applications.

Job Description


Provides expertise and leadership in the area of infrared and mid-infrared laser technologies, optics and laser-tissue interaction; advises and leads the development of next generation lasers and delivery systems; and drives the continual improvement of Biolase legacy Er,Cr:YSGG laser and diode lasers for dental applications.  This role involves supporting both R & D programs and the development of commercial products

Job Requirements

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include (but not limited to): 

• Leads the efforts in developing next-generation 3 µm lasers and laser systems and provides technical direction to an interdisciplinary team developing advanced laser systems for dentistry and medicine

• Leads optical design of handpieces and fiber optics delivery systems for 3µm lasers.  Hands-on development a must.

• Assists in building a solid foundation of knowledge and expertise within the organization related to lasers and optics from design conception, prototyping, testing, transition to manufacturing to service and maintenance

• Provides recommendations to the management and technical team regarding project vision and strategy

• Assists in creating and protecting intellectual property related to laser technology and applications

• Assists in system and sub-system verification as needed

• Prepares results and documentation and collaborates with engineering team to transfer research design to engineering and manufacturing.

• Supports early-stage clinical trials for new products.

• Participates in project planning, data review and design reviews

• Experienced using software for data analysis and modeling of optical, thermal, or laser device physics or interaction with tissue, including but not limited to ZEMAX

• Demonstrates basic knowledge of digital and analog devices

• Demonstrates basic knowledge of program management

• Must be able to follow Design of Experiment process

• Possesses and applies working knowledge of FDA processes including Design Control

• Possesses and applies experience developing medical laser devices (preferred)

• Has high level of motivation, self-organization, multi-tasking, and analytical skills. Works with a sense of urgency in driving projects and sets ambitious goals

• Possesses and applies superior problem-solving skills and good verbal and written communication skills

• Keeps track of competitive technologies including but not limited to DPSS and fiber lasers and advises on potential beneficial cooperation opportunities 

• Is self-directed in experimental design, setup, execution, and analysis

Skills & Experience


Doctoral Degree (PhD) or equivalent; or more than 10 years related experience and/or training in Electrical Engineering, Optics, Optical Engineering, Photonics, Physics or related field; or equivalent; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

13 January 2022
12 February 2022
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors
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