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Microwave Engineer

Thorlabs, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Employer Description

Founded in 1989, Thorlabs seeks to accelerate the forward movement of scientific discovery and advancement! As a vertically integrated manufacturer of photonics components, instruments, and systems, our vast product portfolio includes over 20,000 items, ranging from optics and optomechanical positioning components to imaging systems, many of which are customer inspired.

Photonics is the foremost technology driving innovation in science and engineering. As the number of technological innovations has grown, Thorlabs has extended its core competencies in an effort to play an ever increasing role serving the Photonics Industry at the research end, as well as the industrial, life science, medical, and defense segments.

Headquartered in Newton, NJ, Thorlabs has grown to over Approximately 2,300 employees with manufacturing and sales offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Japan, China, and Brazil. As light-based technologies push into new markets, Thorlabs plans to enter early with the products and services required to ensure the ultimate success of our customers.

Job Description

This is a full-time engineering position primarily focused on the development & production of ultrafast, (1-100GHz) opto-electronic and microwave components for use in Thorlabs line of photonic products. Thorlabs-UFO (located in Ann Arbor, MI) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Thorlabs, Inc. of Newton, NJ. This position requires someone with broad design interests that operates well in a fast-paced, start-up like environment.


Essential Job Functions (include, but are not limited to, the following)

  • Conceptualize and design new, ultrafast (1GHz – 100GHz) opto-electronic devices
    e.g. Detectors, receivers, amplifiers, filters, etc.
  • Prototype, develop, test & qualify new devices for use in photonics products
    This includes development of the test and qualification protocols
  • Specify, set-up and run new laboratory equipment for testing
  • Verify & test device designs with theoretical models and simulations
  • Identify, specify & procure external components; interact with vendors
  • Integrate new devices into higher level instrumentation
  • Interact with other Thorlabs BU’s for device development
  • Create & maintain documentation for the device development process
  • Create assembly and test work instructions for production; train personnel
  • Propose, negotiate & support product specifications
  • Report progress with periodic summary presentations



Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.


Job Requirements

Additional Skills & Experience:

  • 5+ years of microwave device development experience
    This includes concept, design, prototyping, testing, and qualification
  • Knowledge of high frequency time & frequency domain testing to 100GHz (VNA, Spectrum Analyzer, TDR)
  • Fluent with high frequency, electronic design software (e.g. ADS, Cadence, HFSS, Comsol)
  • Experience with production of high-reliability and/or hermetic products a plus
  • Ability to design and create custom test and data collection systems (e.g. LabView)
  • Strong problem solving and design of experiment (DOE) skills
  • Must have experience with data handling and analysis (e.g. MATLAB)
  • Candidate must be detail oriented, highly organized, & able to document work
  • Candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills



  • BS or MS in electronics engineering or related field
  • Training in high frequency simulation software (e.g. HFSS) is a plus
  • Any other pertinent certifications in electronics design


09 February 2024
10 March 2024
Bachelor's Degree
Optical Components, Lasers, Sensors
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