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Senior Laser Engineer

MKS Instruments Inc. / Spectra-Physics, Milpitas, CA, United States
Employer Description

Spectra-Physics, Ophir, Newport and ESI are brands within the MKS Instruments Photonics Solutions 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, temperature sensing, opto-mechanical components, optical elements, and systems for flexible PCB laser processing, high-speed MLCC testing, and CO2-laser-based systems HDI PCB and IC substrate manufacturing. MKS Photonics Solutions enhance our customers’ capabilities and productivity in the semiconductor, advanced electronics and specialty industrial markets.

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Job Description

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.


We are looking for an exceptional Senior Laser Engineer to join our innovative product development engineering team at Spectra-Physics, which is Lasers Business Unit of MKS Instruments. 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. In this position, you will contribute to the development of new technologies and optical designs of free-space and fiber-based laser systems. You will work collaboratively within a project team and use your communication skills to work effectively with cross-functional team members.


What you will do is:

  • Engineer laser oscillators, amplifier and harmonic conversion modules through experimentation and modeling into innovative products that solve our customers most pressing challenges
  • Define test strategies, build, test and document system prototypes, create reports, and generate design documentation and transfer the design to production
  • Work in a multi-disciplinary team and interact with Electrical, Mechanical, Software and Manufacturing Engineers on Work with optical component vendors for component procurement, and performance and reliability evaluation



Compensation and Benefits:

Salary Pay Range: $86,100 to $160,000 per year. This range is a good faith estimate of the expected salary range for this position, based on a wide range of factors including qualifications, experience and training, operational and business needs and other considerations permitted by law. At MKS, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for the role.


Bonus: This position is eligible for a discretionary annual bonus, in an amount to be determined by MKS [or as applicable].


Benefits: MKS offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance coverage (medical, dental and vision), 401(k) with company match, life and disability insurance, 12 paid holidays, sick time, 15 paid vacation days, [6 weeks fully paid] parental leave, adoption assistance and tuition reimbursement [and for participation in any stock programs, signing bonus, etc.].



Job Requirements

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

  • BS degree and 4+ years industry experience or MS and 2+ years industry experience
  • Experience designing and building optical systems and free-space beam alignment of laser oscillators or amplifiers
  • Ability to set up and perform measurements, evaluate the results, and clearly communicate the conclusions to the development team
  • Knowledge of how to choose and utilize appropriate optical measurement instrumentation


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

  • Industrial optical product development
  • Troubleshooting and failure analysis of optical modules and systems
  • Hand on expirience with ultra-fast (fs) lasers and techniques (mode-locking, CPA)
  • Gaussian beam propagation and ray-tracing software
  • Harmonic generation (SHG, SFG) and nonlinear crystals
24 January 2023
23 February 2023
Bachelor's Degree
86100 – 106000
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors
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