Photonics Lab Engineer

At imec (Job)

What you will do

As a Photonics Lab Engineer, you will contribute to developing photonic solutions for a wide range of different research projects. This starts with building and modifying optical set-ups like interferometers, OCT devices, a LiDAR demo, and others. With these set-ups, you validate concepts for new measurement methods. In addition, you will contribute to building a new photonics lab from the ground up. You contribute to photonics and laser development using integrated photonic techniques.

As a Photonics Lab Engineer, you will be part of our interdisciplinary team. In this position, you will have a key and visible role in this initiative. Your main tasks will be:

  • Play a lead role in acquisition, setup and management of lab infrastructure for testing and evaluation of photonics components and systems.

  • Realization of setups in the lab for testing heterogenous opto-electronic system demonstrators using in-house or off-the-shelf components.

  • Support the process of acquiring off-the-shelf photonic components as well as the packaging of in-house developments.

  • Take the ownership of planning, scheduling and execution of measurement campaigns as well as data analysis to interpret the results.

  • Demonstration and validation of photonic IC’s developed in imec and at partner institutions.

  • Share insights and experiences with the team and contribute to the development and maturity of designs.

  • Communicate with internal and external partners to find synergies; interface with suppliers.

  • Be responsible for proper lab management.

  • Prepare technical notes and documentation for internal and external customers. Optionally, file patents or publish your work.


What we do for you

We offer a challenging environment at the forefront of technology, in an international network of renowned industrial customers. This is your opportunity to bring new technologies to the market that will have an impact on tomorrow’s society.         

Imec The Netherlands, as an employer of choice, offers you an attractive compensation and benefits package including a 100% employer-paid pension plan and flexible working hours. Furthermore, imec-NL offers a wide range of training possibilities. For international candidates, we provide support in the relocation process.  

By joining the R&D team in Eindhoven, you will be part of a team of disruptive innovators and thinkers. Together, with our researchers and engineers, you will work on wireless, wearable and implantable healthcare applications that empower people to manage their own health. We invite you to be part of our ambitious team where your ideas will have an impact on our society and our future lives. 


Who you are

  • MSc with 4+ years of experience or Ph.D. in physics, photonics or equivalent with a few years of experience.

  • Hands-on experience in free space optics/laser experiments.

  • Experience with setup/design and management of a new lab environment.

  • Experience in using and automating different lab-equipment.

  • Good understanding of concepts in optics and electro-magnetism/RF is a must-have.

  • Experience in using programming languages such as Python/MATLAB for automated testing.

  • Some experience in the design, modeling, and characterization of photonic integrated circuits and opto-electronic hardware, such as lasers, photodetectors, and modulators is a plus.

  • Experience with RF electronics is a plus.

  • Able to think ahead and make plans in an organized manner.

  • Self-driven and entrepreneurial attitude – you derive energy from taking ownership and can effectively deal with ambiguity.

  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English.


Are you interested in this position, and do you want to learn more about it? Then you can connect with Mayuri Nalawade, Talent Acquisition Specialist. You can reach Mayuri by email at If you wish to apply, then please submit your full resume and a cover letter.