Electrical Engineer

Founded in 1989, Thorlabs has been serving the photonics industry for over 25 years. During that time, our worldwide presence has grown to include 15 offices in 9 countries with over 1500 employees. Each location provides a local presence within the community it serves. These local operations allow for customer dialogues that better inform our understanding of regional needs and how they fit within the worldwide picture. Today, our portfolio includes over 15,000 items, many of which are customer inspired.

Founded in Newton, NJ, the company still calls the town home today. Nestled in rural Sussex County, NJ, Thorlabs is within close proximity to New York City, the Delaware Water Gap, various lakes, state parks, and outdoor areas.

Thorlabs is privileged to play a role in the work of tens of thousands of researchers throughout the world through the products we provide. We are committed to building a company that achieves its competitive advantage from its fundamental understanding of the community of customers we serve.

The Electrical Engineer is responsible for the design and development of advanced optical imaging systems, from component level up to full system integration. As part of a small team, engineers focus on new product development with the expectation to work with limited guidance on complex engineering activities in a fast paced environment. The position conceives, designs, and prototypes both analog and digital circuits which may at times involve FW/SW development. Activities include design documentation, prototype verification and debug, test development and transfer to manufacturing. This position requires troubleshooting of complex electronics and system problems, and being committed to customer satisfaction. Although the location of the position is in Jessup, MD, from time to time it may be required to undertake duties at other ThorLabs locations. 

Essential Job Functions include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for design and testing of analog and mixed signal hi fidelity circuits. 
  • Responsible for documentation including, but not limited to: electrical schematics, PCB layout and artwork generation, bill of materials for PCB sub-assemblies, assembly instructions, test procedures, and end user’s manuals.
  • Interfacing with researchers,  other design engineers, and production staff to develop robust, producible systems that adhere to regulatory and compliance requirements
  • Support migration of systems from design phase to manufacturing phase
  • Complies with safety regulations and maintains clean and orderly work areas



·         Entry level position.  Interest and/or experience in analog/digital low noise design, RF design / test, and power supply design a plus.

·         Experience with high frequency (> 500 Mhz) digital circuit design and test.

·         Experience with schematic capture and PCB layout (Altium software a plus).


  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited university.


Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience with laboratory instrumentation such as function generators, oscilloscopes, network analyzers, and logic analyzers
  • Strong sense of ownership and work ethic, written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient computer skills is a must

·         Strong ability to work well in a group atmosphere, and comply with high quality standards

·         Proven expertise in troubleshooting and resolving electronic issues in instruments

·         Hands on experience with soldering, PCB rework, and cable assembly


Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identify or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts.  The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer.  Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.


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