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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
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
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
Germany Careers
Elektroniker (m/w) für Test- und Messgeräte
Elektroniker (m/w) für Test- und Messgeräte

Knowledge & Skills:
  • Mechanische und elektrische Montage, Abgleich, Kalibrierung und Dokumentation komplexer optoelektronischer Geräte in Serien- und Sonderanfertigungen
  • Mitarbeit bei Reparaturen
  • Durchführung der Qualitätskontrolle
  • Eine erfolgreich abgeschlossene Ausbildung zum Elektrotechniker, Optoelektroniker, Kommunikations- oder Informationselektroniker
  • 3-5 Jahre Berufserfahrung im Bau opto-elektronischer Geräte
  • Gutes handwerkliches Geschick und theoretisches Grundlagenwissen in Elektronik und Optik
  • Gute Kenntnisse im Umgang mit elektronischen Messgeräten sowie digitaler und analoger Schalttechnik
  • Sehr gute Deutsch- und gute Englischkenntnisse
Location - Dachau, Germany
Please Contact: bewerbung@thorlabs.com
Controller (m/w)
Controller (m/w)

Knowledge & Skills:
  • In dieser Position sind Sie der Business Partner für alle Funktionsbereiche entlang der Wertschöpfungskette. Sie konzipieren und realisieren eigenständig Analysen und Berichte, um die Transparenz im gesamten Material- und Wertefluss sicherzustellen und die Unternehmensausrichtung mitzugestalten. Sie führen den Budgetprozess und sind Projektpartner in Optimierungsprojekten und im Jahresabschluss. Darüber hinaus sind Sie eng vernetzt mit den Controllern anderer Thorlabs Gesellschaften weltweit. Sie führen einen Mitarbeiter und berichten direkt an die Geschäftsführung.
  • Ein abgeschlossenes Studium der BWL oder VWL, vorzugsweise mit dem Schwerpunkt Controlling/ Rechnungswesen und ca. drei Jahre Berufserfahrung im Controlling
  • Erste Führungserfahrung
  • Sehr gute MS-Office Kenntnisse, insbesondere Excel
  • Sehr gute Englischkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift
  • Logisches, analytisches Denkvermögen
  • Selbstständige Arbeitsweise und hohe Einsatzbereitschaft
Location - Dachau, Germany
Please Contact: bewerbung@thorlabs.com
Auftragssachbearbeiter (m/w)
Auftragssachbearbeiter (m/w)

Knowledge & Skills:
  • Kommunikation über Telefon und E-Mail
  • Annahme und tagesgenaue Abwicklung sämtlicher Aufträge im EDV-System
  • Strukturierung komplexer Aufträge für den Verarbeitungsprozess
  • Verfolgung der termingerechten Auslieferung und stetige Kommunikation mit Kunden bei Terminverzögerungen
  • Eine erfolgreich abgeschlossene kaufmännische Ausbildung
  • Hohe Präzision in der Bearbeitung von Aufträgen
  • Strukturierte und planvolle Arbeitsweise
  • Ausgeprägte Kunden- und Dienstleistungsorientierung
  • Belastbarkeit und Kommunikationsfähigkeit auch innerhalb des Teams
  • Sehr gute Englischkenntnisse
Location - Dachau, Germany
Please Contact: bewerbung@thorlabs.com
Technischer 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:
Softwareentwickler (m/w)
Ihr Aufgabengebiet umfasst die Programmierung von Benutzeroberflächen zur Visualisierung von Messdaten und deren Anbindung über Bluetooth, USB, TCP/IP; eigenverantwortliche Softwareentwicklung in direkter Zusammenarbeit mit den Projektleitern

Knowledge & Skills:
  • Ein erfolgreich abgeschlossenes Studium der Informatik oder Elektrotechnik bzw. entsprechende Berufserfahrung als Quereinsteiger
  • Hohe analytische Fähigkeiten, um die Anwendung der Geräte beim Kunden zu verstehen
  • Gute Kenntnisse in C, C++, C# und WPF
  • Erfahrung in der Einbindung von Bibliotheken in den oben genannten Sprachen
  • Lösungsorientierte Kreativität und Methoden für planvolle Umsetzung, Tests und Dokumentation
  • Wir suchen Menschen, die Dynamik und Professionalität in flacher Hierarchie schätzen und unseren Kunden herausragende Produktqualität bieten können. Teilen Sie die Freude am Erfolg mit uns! - Wir freuen uns auf Sie!
Location - Dachau, Germany
Please Contact: bewerbung@thorlabs.com
Technischer Support Ingenieur (m/w)
@ Beratung unserer internationalen Kunden in den Forschungsbereichen Photonik, Physik und Biophysik @ Mitwirkung bei der Weiterentwicklung unseres Portfolios aufgrund von Kundenrückmeldungen @ Vorstellung des Produktsortiments auf Konferenzen und Messen @ Durchführung von Tests für neu entwickelte Geräte

Knowledge & Skills:
  • Erfolgreich abgeschlossenes Studium der Photonik, Optik, Elektrotechnik oder Physik
  • Erste Erfahrung in der Anwendung von LavView, Matlab oder Zemax und der Programmierung in C/C++
  • Sehr gute Kommunikationsfähigkeit und Lust, sich in neue Bereiche einzuarbeiten
  • Sehr gute Deutsch- und Englischkenntnisse
  • Interesse an der Teamarbeit mit internationalen Partnern
  • Wir suchen Menschen, die Dynamik und Professionalität in flacher Hierarchie schätzen und unseren Kunden herausragende technische Beratungsqualität bieten.
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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