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Photonic Device Engineer

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

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. We are seeking to add to our world-class team in Santa Barbara, and are looking for a Photonic Device Engineer.

Job Description

A Photonic Device Engineer will be working as part of a design and test team for semiconductor lasers and photonic integrated circuits (PICs) for a variety of applications. Examples include both integrated active and passive photonic devices, in III-V and Si based platforms. The following job duties are of equal importance:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Photonic Device Design
    • The ideal candidate will have industry experience with modeling of both active and passive photonic devices, as well as de-embedding design parameters experimentally
    • The candidate have industry experience with a range of photonic design practices and methods
  • Mask Layout
    • The candidate will work with process engineers to convert device designs into a viable fabrication process. Understanding of device fabrication processes is a must
    • Based on the fabrication process, the candidate will work with device engineers on producing lithographic mask sets for the fabrication. Hands on mask design experience is a plus
  • Testing
    • The ideal candidate will be able to formulate test plans and design test campaigns necessary to characterize a variety of different devices, determine, monitor and improve yields, and support production
    • Part of the job will be related to the design and building of new test stations, and their automation
    • Hands on experience with photonic device testing in an industrial setting is a strong preference


  • Advanced degree in Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics or Physics, with a strong background in waveguide photonics and semiconductor device physics, or equivalent experience
  • Hands-on industry experience with design and test of photonic ICs and/or semiconductor (high power) lasers, minimum 3 years experience
  • Self-motivated team player able to work with minimum supervision desired

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