Researcher Laser Design and Test

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What you will do

As a Researcher Laser Design and Test you will be part of the new photonics team at our Eindhoven site. You will work with other researchers and engineers to bring imec's research efforts to life and to make real-life designs and tangible prototypes. There are many fields in which low-noise narrow linewidth and tunable lasers are interesting (think of swept source OCT, long-range LiDAR, high bandwidth telecom), however, tuning a laser counteracts the narrowing of the linewidth. But how much? That is one of the topics you will focus on in this position. Besides, there are many aspects that add noise to systems: the temperature control, the tuning elements themselves, environmental influence, etc. You will join the laser-expertise center, that focuses on external cavity hybrid integrated lasers. Your responsibilities include: 

  • Design new hybrid integrated external cavity diode lasers (Si, SiN, InP)  that have low noise, are widely tunable, and operate at telecom and other wavelengths.

  • Deeply investigate the effect of various design choices on laser performance.

  • Setting up and performing experiments to validate concepts and prototypes.

  • Simulation and optimalisation of building blocks and performance of the system.

  • Work on system integration (i.e., low noise electronics, driving software, packaging etc.), together with other researchers and engineers.

  • (Continue to) develop a deep understanding and expertise in various aspects of laser behavior.

  • Acquire knowledge about the design layout in imec's integrated photonics and complementary platforms.

  • Your work will contribute to inventions, publications, key technology, or will be presented directly to customers.

What we do for you

By joining imec in Eindhoven, you will be part of a team of disruptive innovators and thinkers. The new photonics team will build up expertise to have impact on various application domains such as health, telecom and automotive. Imec the Netherlands is part of the larger imec organization where we have wafer-scale manufacturing including photonic integrated circuits (PICs). We invite you to be part of our ambitious team where your ideas will have an impact on our society and our future lives.

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.


Who you are
  • MSc with several years of experience or Ph.D. in Applied Physics or equivalent.

  • Experience in measuring laser systems (focus on wavelength tuning range, linewidth, noise, output power).

  • Basic understanding of laser behavior and the willingness to build up expertise in this area is a must.

  • Experience in working in a lab and measuring your designs is a must. Experience in measuring bare PIC's is a plus.

  • Experience in functional device simulation (spectral/time domain, VPI, Aurora etc.) is a must. Experience with software packages I.e., COMSOL, Lumerical and Synopsis is a plus.

  • Affinity with packaging is preferred.

  • Layout design experience is a plus.

  • Basic knowledge of electronics and noise sources is a plus.

  • Flexible team player, actively helping other team members, you see changes as an opportunity to learn and grow.

  • Quick learner, to be able and interested in acquiring new skills and competencies.

  • Excellent communication skills in English (written and spoken).


Does this position sound like an interesting next step in your career at imec? Don’t hesitate to submit your application by clicking on ‘APPLY HERE’.
Should you have more questions about the job, you can contact Perine Doreleijers Talent Acquisition Specialist. You can reach Perine at +31(0)648861256. If you wish to apply then please submit your full resume and include a motivational letter.
Got some questions about the recruitment process? Martijn Kohl of the Talent Acquisition Team will be happy to assist you.