Thin Film Coating Engineer I

Founded in 1989, Thorlabs seeks to accelerate the forward movement of scientific discovery and advancement! As a vertically integrated manufacturer of photonics components, instruments, and systems, our vast product portfolio includes over 20,000 items, ranging from optics and optomechanical positioning components to imaging systems, many of which are customer inspired.

Photonics is the foremost technology driving innovation in science and engineering. As the number of technological innovations has grown, Thorlabs has extended its core competencies in an effort to play an ever increasing role serving the Photonics Industry at the research end, as well as the industrial, life science, medical, and defense segments.

Headquartered in Newton, NJ, Thorlabs has grown to over Approximately 2,300 employees with manufacturing and sales offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Sweden, Japan, China, and Brazil. As light-based technologies push into new markets, Thorlabs plans to enter early with the products and services required to ensure the ultimate success of our customers.

The position is responsible for assisting complex thin film coating manufacturing to meet customer needs for catalogue optical components and work closely with other engineers and manufacturing staffs.

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

  • Assist manufacturing and support catalogue thin film coatings in all aspects.
  • Perform R&D projects by utilizing resources and applying design concepts to manufacturing.
  • Technical support on proper substrate handling and integration into coating environment
  • Operation and utilization of metrology instruments for thin film characterization
  • Identifying and diagnosing issues in the production chain, as well as collecting and preparing supporting data, especially with regards to coating equipment and processes
  • Developing and maintaining documentation for thin film processes and equipment

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 identity 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.



  • Thin film coating experience in a manufacturing environment, optical thin film coatings preferred.
  • Experience with thin film software and a good understanding of optical thin film design
  • Magnetron and ion beam sputtering experience preferred
  • Strong experience maintaining and troubleshooting coating equipment.
  • Solid modeling experience a plus
  • Strong leadership and communication skills.
  • Ability and desire to work in a team environment and to interact with production supervisor, technicians and design engineers.
  • Computer proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, & PowerPoint)


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Materials Science, Optics or one of the Engineering disciplines.

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong problem solving/analysis skills.
  • Strong sense of confidentiality & ethical conduct.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to take direction and follow procedure.


US citizen or permanent resident

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