High-Energy Laser Engineer

Job Description

High-Energy Laser Engineer


Carlsbad, California (with temporary initial activities in Austin, Texas)


TAU Systems is growing and looking for a high-energy laser engineer to develop laser systems operating at high energies, high peak powers, and/or high average powers incorporating new physics models and new technologies. As a high-energy laser engineer, you will work in a fast-paced environment to design, develop, and test high-energy lasers for various applications, including laser-driven particle acceleration and free-electron lasers. You will have the opportunity to work closely with a team of experienced engineers in one of the most innovative companies in the field of laser-driven particle accelerators, where you can contribute to the development of a technology that has the potential to transform scientific research and industrial applications.


  • Support the company’s development of high-energy laser systems.
  • Lead the construction and development of prototype laser systems.
  • Develop optical sub-systems using Zemax software.
  • Simulate pulse propagation in ASLD, Miró, fiberdesk or homemade MATLAB or Python programs.
  • Operate, maintain and upgrade ultrashort pulse laser systems.
  • Interact with key suppliers on custom laser systems development.
  • Collaborate with our laser wakefield scientists, engineers, and theory and computational team, to develop integrated company products and services.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Physics, Electrical Engineering, or a related field.
  • Experience with optical systems engineering, laser design of solid-state or fiber lasers.
  • Proficiency in lasers alignment and hands-on optical system setup, as well as experience in pulsed laser diagnostics for qualification and optimization.
  • Experience in using high-level software tools like Zemax, CodeV, ASLD, fiberdesk or Miró for lens design as part of an optical systems and simulating light propagation and amplification in matter.
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team and communicate technical concepts effectively.
  • Willingness to work on-site most of the time.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Desired Additional Skills

  • CPA system design and setup (stretcher/compressor and amplifiers).
  • Hands on experience with vacuum systems, cryogenic cooling, electronic data acquisition, laser stabilization or pulse-picking (RF technologies).
  • Experience in simulations and programming with Python, Matlab, COMSOL or CAD programs (for opto-mechanical design FreeCAD, Autodesk Inventor or Solidworks).

Additional Information

  • This is a full-time appointment.
  • TAU Systems offers a comprehensive compensation and benefit package with stock options, holidays and paid time off, medical, dental, vision, and life insurance and 401(k) retirement plan with company matching.
  • Base annual salary range: $70,000 to $200,000.
  • TAU Systems is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Send resume and cover letter to [email protected]

Apply Here: https://spiecareercenter.org/jobs/5379020