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Thorlabs is a New Jersey based manufacturer of photonic tools and systems. Our products range from optics and opto-mechanical positioning components to sophisticated optical imaging systems. An international company with over 650 employees, Thorlabs has manufacturing and sales offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Japan, and China.

Founder, Alex Cable, worked at Bell Labs early in his career as a technician/engineer. In 1989, Alex left Bell Labs and formally founded Thorlabs. Over the ensuing 22 years the company continued to grow its product offering and its customer base. The Thorlabs catalog offers over 15,000 products to our broad based photonics customer base, 95% of those products are manufactured in one of the Thorlabs entities. 70% of the Thorlabs products are manufactured in the United States.

Thorlabs serves the needs of researchers and engineers worldwide; including the investigators of novel optical problems, designers and of users of optical apparatus of all kinds, and educators and businesses who harness the power of photonics. Customers include the National Labs, universities, medical research facilities, commercial laser companies, the military, defense companies, and both large and small photonics manufacturers worldwide.

Thorlabs has averaged double digit growth over our companies entire history. As photonic devices push into new markets, Thorlabs’ plan is to enter early with support equipment and services that are required to ensure the ultimate success of our customers.
China Careers
Photonics Lab Specialist
The person that fills this newly created position will be responsible for designing and improving laboratory training programs in Thorlabs’ Training Center located in Shanghai. He/she will work with application engineers to design experiments dedicated to conduct photonics lab knowledge to our customers as a value-added service. He/she will also help develop the oral presentation skills of the application engineers group. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate a broad understanding of photonics, practical lab experience in designing and building a wide variety of experimental setups, and the ability to create laboratory scenarios that will challenge our customers and application engineers to learn new skills.

Knowledge & Skills:
  • Design and Provide Laboratory Training to Thorlabs Customers

    - Work with application engineers to design lab experiences that provide customers with practical knowledge of products and applications. The experiences will need to cover basics like coupling light into a single mode fiber to more application oriented experiences like designing and building a Raman spectroscopy setup.

    - Deliver lectures on basic and advanced topics including both laboratory and theoretical knowledge

    - Teach how to keep a lab notebook and how to present the results

    - Provide support to more experienced engineers as they design their own experiments

  • Support the integration of our products into customer applications
  • Involve in Product Development and Testing
  • - Work with application engineers to determine testing procedure

    - Actively participate in product design discussions

  • Involve in the design, construction, and support of tradeshow demonstration
  • Ph.D. in Physics or Engineering
  • 10 Years Laboratory Experience in Research or Product Development
  • Teaching Experience and excellent communication skills
  • Broad Base of Photonics Knowledge with Expertise in Multiple Applications and Measurement Techniques (e.g., Spectroscopy, Laser Characterization, Fiber Optics, Polarization Optics, and Adaptive Optics)
  • Fluent in Mandarin and English
Location - Shanghai, China
Please Contact: China-HR
Mechanical Design Engineer
Duties include (but are not limited to): - Work as a mechanical design engineer with an extraordinary sensitivity to product aesthetics. - Making sketches, 2-D and 3-D models for products that are under development. - Collaborating with engineering, manufacturing, and procurement teams to create ease-of-use and consistent design attributes - Translating concepts and prototypes into formal design requirements, specifications and drawings - Participate in continuous improvement activities by identifying and appropriately escalating process and product quality gaps, providing solutions when possible

Knowledge & Skills:
  • Expert in the use of SolidWorks.
  • Proficient with 3DMAX, Coreldraw or equivalent is a plus, capabilities of making 2-D & 3-D drawings that strongly demonstrate the technical competency and sensitivity to aesthetics
  • Strong communications (written and verbal) in English.
  • Strong level of self-motivation and ability to work independently.
  • Strong knowledge in the various rapid prototype techniques and tools necessary to produce full-size or scale models of design solutions.
  • Knowledge in metal finishing is a plus (anodizing, tumbling, powder coating).
  • Bachelor/Master of mechanics engineering with concentration in Industrial/Art design or equivalent.
  • 3 years+ experience working as a mechanical or industrial designer. ling, powder coating).
  • Portfolio demonstrating successful examples is a must.
Location - Shanghai, China
Please Contact: China-HR
Sales manager, Microscopy Imaging Systems, Great China
This position will be responsible for all sales of imaging systems, directly and through the distributor network, in greater China. The product lines include scanning laser confocal microscopy, multiphoton microscopy systems, Optical Coherence Tomography systems, Electrophysiology systems and microscopy components. This position reports to the General Manager.

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

  • Actively approaches key accounts using own market knowledge and Thorlabs knowledge in persons and systems. Recognizes and creates opportunities of sales through visits.
  • Able to close projects in a systematic, pragmatic and logical manner.
  • Able to set realistic customer’s expectations to realize a returning customer base.
  • Able to negotiate and close complex projects
  • Identifies opportunities in new markets and develop strategies on how to penetrate these markets
  • Gives market feedback and participate in the development of the next product generation.
  • Attends major tradeshows to create additional customer contacts
  • Recommends small local trade shows to the organization and their content in order to maximize the number and quality of sales leads
  • Able to track open sales project using a customer relationship management software program.
  • Lives the Thorlabs philosophy being the most appreciated problem solver for the customer’s application, i.e. he understands the application, involves Tech Support of the product lines for help, assesses the return on invest of customer specific activities, reacts quickly and keeps promises.

    Knowledge & Skills:
    • Scientific and Sales Background Qualifications:

      1) A minimum of 5 years of microscopy experience. Very familiar in microscopy techniques such as Phase Contrast, DIC, Dark Field, Köhler Illumination

      2) Working Knowledge of:

      • Confocal Microcopy

      • Two Photon Microscopy

      • Optical Coherence Tomography

      • Electrophysiology

      • Imaging Cytometry

      • Good understanding on the use of lasers and especially femtosecond lasers in imaging

      3) Minimum 5 years of experience in capital equipment sales; preferably imaging system including but not limited to microscope 2 photon, Optical Coherence Tomography and Optical Trapping equipment

      4) Experience with cellular imaging and/or recording equipment, emphasis on:

      • Electrophysiology

      • Cell transport

      • Brain slices

      • Whole Animal studies

      • Calcium imaging

      5) Advanced Degree in Biology, Neurophysiology, Anatomy or Cellular Biology. PhD candidates preferred.

    • Interpersonal and Sales Skills:

      1) Listening and communication skills

      • Fluent in English and Chinese.

      • Must be able to understand and summarize scientific data with customers.

      • Clearly communicate scientific terms and language, and understand customer application to develop sales projects.

      2) Strong presentation and sales skills.

      3) Professional selling ethics.

      4) Understand and capture new opportunities and be able to communicate them to the appropriate individuals in the company.

      • Identify new markets to be able to sell the current Thorlabs products.

      • Identify new opportunities to enhance Thorlabs core competency and develop new tools.

      5) Candidates that are familiar with Thorlabs products is a plus.

      6) Must be able to travel up to 60% of the time.

    Location - Shanghai, China
    Please Contact: China-HR
    Technical Writer - Student Intern
    Thorlabs China provides real-time sales and technical support for customers in China and Asia, and has local R&D and specialized manufacturing capabilities. To better serve our customers in the Asian market, we are seeking part time technical writer interns to be part of our China team. This position is open for both on-site and off-site interns and could possibly be extended to full time positions within our marketing and R&D operations. The key responsibilities will be translating and creating marketing materials including the online catalog, application notes, tutorials, manuals, etc. He or she will interact with our worldwide marketing and R&D team and researchers in the Chinese photonics community. The interns will also help Thorlabs build close relationships with his/her university, institution or research group, and function as a local sales, marketing and/or technical support representative. Other technical tasks may include hardware/software testing, identifying new products, and identifying new markets.

    Knowledge & Skills:
    • Technical knowledge in the field of photonics
    • Organized, self-motivated, and capable of working independently and under time constraints
    • Eager to learn new technologies
    • A Ph.D. student in Physics, Engineering, or related areas
    • Strong writing and communication skills in both English and Chinese
    • Hands-on experience in laboratory set-up and testing is a plus
    Location - Shanghai, China
    Please Contact: China-HR
    Optics Engineer
    Thorlabs, a leader of the optical lab products suppliers in the world, is recruiting an optical R&D engineer for development of polarization related devices in China. In this position, the engineer will work on the design and development of optical systems such as modulators, retarders, and other devices. Suitable candidates should be familiar with polarization optical devices, electro-optic crystals, and have experience with design and development of high-quality optical products

    Knowledge & Skills:
      • A degree in optical engineering or related fields. A Ph.D degree will be appreciated.
      • Experience developing high-quality optical products and leading the development to production
      • Experience designing graphic user interface (GUI) applications.
      • Strong knowledge in optics, especially in polarization optics.
      • Strong experience in optical lab and optical setup.
      • Strong experience in optical devices, just like lasers, detectors, etc.
      • Experience in optical simulation tools, just like matlab, Zemax, etc.
        • 3 years or more experience in optics
        • Design of high-quality polarization optical devices
        • Prototype development, evaluation, characterization and testing
        • Knowledge of wide variety of photonical devices
        • Experience working within multi-disciplinary engineering teams
        • Appreciation of photonics market sector and associated optical products
    Location - Shanghai, China
    Please Contact: china hr
    Germany Careers
    Produkt-Entwicklungsingenieur (m/w)
    @ Konzeption und Entwicklung von optoelektronischen Messgeräten und Betreuung der Produkte über den gesamten Produktlebenszyklus @ Planung und Durchführung der dazu gehörenden Entwicklungsprojekte @ Kostenverantwortung über die Projekte und Produkte @ Durchführung von Marktrecherchen und Wettbewerbsanalysen @ Koordination der Schnittstellen aller beteiligten Bereiche, wie R&D, Einkauf, Marketing, technischer Support, Produktion sowie das Web- Team in USA

    Knowledge & Skills:
    • Ein erfolgreich abgeschlossenes Studium der Elektrotechnik
    • 5 Jahre Berufserfahrung
    • Erste Führungserfahrung
    • Hohe analytische Fähigkeiten
    • Eine ausgeprägte Kommunikationsfähigkeit und Lernbereitschaft
    • Freude am eigenständigen Arbeiten; aber auch im Team
    • Motivation, sich in neue Bereiche einzuarbeiten
    • Idealerweise Erfahrung im Schaltplandesign (analog, digital)
    • Wir suchen Menschen, die innovativ und kreativ sind; die Freude daran haben, unsere Kunden in der Forschung mit ihren eigenen Ideen und mit besseren Produkten schneller zu unterstützen. Teilen Sie die Freude am Erfolg mit uns! - Wir freuen uns auf Sie!
    Location - Dachau, Germany
    Please Contact:
    Technischen Einkäufer (m/w)
    @ Beschaffung aller optischen, aber auch mechanischen und elektronischen Komponenten der von Ihnen betreuten Produkte in enger Abstimmung mit der Entwicklungsabteilung und Produktion an 3 Standorten @ C-Teile Management @ Beratende Zusammenarbeit mit der Produktentwicklung für optische Komponenten @ Recherche, Auswahl und Qualifikation geeigneter Lieferanten @ Führen von Lieferantenverhandlungen sowie Aufbau und Pflege eines stabilen Lieferantenportfolios @ Planung und Gestaltung der Bestände nach dem „Zieh-Prinzip“ @ Regelmäßige Qualitätskontrolle und Ableitung entsprechender Maßnahmen

    Knowledge & Skills:
    • Ein erfolgreich abgeschlossenes Studium der Physikalischen Technik oder Photonik oder eine entsprechende abgeschlossene Ausbildung und mehrere Jahre Berufserfahrung im Einkauf optischer Komponenten
    • Gute Verhandlungstechniken
    • Sehr gute Kommunikationsfähigkeit, die Sie im Umgang mit Lieferanten und Kollegen aus Entwicklung und Produktion auszeichnet
    • Gute Englischkenntnisse
    • Wir suchen Menschen, die Spaß daran haben, in einem kleinen Team den Einkauf in einem dynamischen Umfeld mit zu gestalten. Teilen Sie die Freude am Erfolg mit uns! – Bewerben Sie sich!
    Location - Dachau, Germany
    Please Contact:
    UK Careers
    In line with the requirements of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process.

    Thorlabs Ltd is an equal opportunities employer and is fully committed to a policy of treating all of its employees and job applicants equally, without regard to race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age, marital status, civil partnership status or disability.
    Mechanical Design Engineer
    We are seeking a mechanical design engineer with a proven track record in full life cycle product design and development. The successful candidate will bring with them experience in taking product developments from inception all the way through to full scale production and after sales support. In addition to specific skill sets, we want to hear from candidates who understand the importance in designing commercially viable products that have high quality and reliability and are also fit for purpose. An appreciation of design for manufacture and ease of production will be critical for the successful candidate.

    In return for these attributes we offer a key mechanical design role within our motion control engineering team. You can expect to take a lead in designing a wide range of manual and automated electro-mechanical precision positioning products. You will work closely with other engineering disciplines in order to design highly integrated products with varying levels of automated operation.

    Knowledge & Skills:
    • Degree qualified in mechanical engineering or closely related discipline
    • Experience of full life cycle mechanical product design
    • Strong grasp of materials selection for a wide range of mechanical products
    • Production of high quality manufacturing drawings containing full tolerance and detailed finishing specifications
    • Understanding of motion control mechanisms and design concepts
    • Experience with 3D and 2D modelling software
    • Solidworks modelling experience
    • Practical manual turning and milling prototyping experience
    • Prototype assembly, evaluation, characterisation and testing
    • Design of very high precision complex mechanical assemblies
    • Familiarity of motorised and piezo actuated precision motion control stages and actuators
    • Knowledge of wide variety of component manufacturing processes and techniques
    • Design for vacuum compatibility
    • Experience working within multi-disciplinary engineering teams
    • Familiarity with lean engineering design principals
    • Knowledge of lean manufacturing systems
    • Appreciation of the photonics market sector and associated motion control products
    Location - Ely, UK
    Please Contact: Human Resources
    US Careers
    Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants 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.

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