Careers

Thank you for your interest in Freedom Photonics! Freedom Photonics LLC is a world-leading photonics company based in the Santa Barbara area. We are a supplier of high-end, cutting-edge photonic solutions that span broad application range, from demanding optical communications systems and optical sensing to atomic and quantum sensing and quantum information systems.

Besides great technology, the core strength of our company is in having an exceptional team! Thus, we are always interested in exceptional candidates – feel free to reach out at any point! When contacting us about a specific position, please, reference the position title in the subject of your email, and send your resume (PDF format preferred), and a cover letter/email to jobs AT freedomphotonics DOT com.

Freedom Photonics is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all candidates and to providing our team members with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. Unfortunately, we cannot provide sponsorship for immigration or work visas related to our positions.

Photonic Device Engineer

Job Type: Full Time
Pay: Competitive pay commensurate with experience
Benefits: Generous and affordable Health, Dental, Vision, Disability and Retirement Plans

Job Description

The Photonic Device Engineer will be working within Laser and Photonic Integrated Circuit design group on a wide variety of photonic devices and photonic systems. The position will require hands on fabrication process development, hands on test, advanced modelling and design skills. Strong problem-solving skills are required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Hands on process development for a new hybrid photonic integration capability
  • Hands on work in the lab collecting data and comparing design characteristics
  • Design of active and passive photonic integrated circuits
  • Design of and documentation of experiments and test structures
  • Materials characterization and failure modes and effects analysis
  • Understanding new applications, collecting or identifying and documenting device specifications and requirements

Desired Skills and Knowledge

  • Physics based understanding of diodes, lasers, waveguides
  • Hands-on experience with fabrication process development, testing and characterizing active and passive photonic devices
  • Experience or familiarity with semiconductor fabrication processes and tools
  • Experience with optical design and implementation
  • Mode solver software experience
  • Familiarity with Matlab or Scilab scripting tools for modelling
  • Experience with simple finite element modelling
  • Laser simulation experience preferred
  • Statistical Analysis software experience
  • Programming experience, C, C#, Visual Basic, Python or other
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and willingness to work collaboratively in a team environment

Education and Experience

  • Advanced degree in (MSc, MASc, MEng or higher) in Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering or similar field
  • 2+ years industry experience preferred.  Strong PhD candidates with directly relevant graduate experience will be considered

Unfortunately, we cannot provide sponsorship for immigration or work visas related to our positions. 

Junior Test and Characterization Engineer

Job Type: Full Time
Pay: Competitive pay commensurate with experience
Benefits: Generous and affordable Health, Dental, Vision, Disability and Retirement Plans

Job Description

The Junior Test and Characterization Engineer will work with the design and production teams to develop and execute test and characterization plans for photonic components.  The test and characterization engineer will also take responsibility for building new test sets and updating and modifying existing test sets as necessary.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Interface with the technical team leaders to develop and perform tests for photonic devices
  • Perform data collection, analysis and visualization for review with device scientists
  • Mount/wire bond photonic devices in preparation for test and analysis
  • Perform test set maintenance and calibration
  • Construct new test sets, including cryogenic components and tooling
  • Transfer new test protocols into production line use
  • Generate and maintain test documentation
  • Work with Excel, Power Point, Matlab/Python to analyze and present data and findings

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Basic understanding of electronics with working knowledge of resistors, capacitors, diodes
  • Basic knowledge of cryogenics used for variable temperature testing
  • Experience interfacing test instrumentation with computers using GPIB
  • Experience coding in visual basic, C-sharp, Python or equivalent
  • Experience working with simple circuits for test purposes
  • Experience trouble shooting test equipment such as oscilloscopes, optical spectrum analyzers, SMU
  • Experience with Excel, Matlab, Python or other data analysis software
  • Willingness to take on technical challenges
  • Patience to optimize test sets and refine quality of test data
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills to work in a dynamic team environment
  • Hands-on experience with chip-level test setups a plus (optical alignment, pin probes, etc.)
  • Technical writing skills is desired

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in physics, electrical engineering or computer science or other related fields
  • 2+ years’ experience in industry is desired
  • Other equivalent qualification will be considered

Unfortunately, we cannot provide sponsorship for immigration or work visas related to our positions.