Photonic Design Engineer

Somerville, MA · Job # 8075BK

Our client company is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Silicon Photonics Technology device design engineer responsible for device component modeling and simulation.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Develop current and future Silicon Photonics components
  • Design, Modeling and Simulation of silicon photonics active and passive devices and components such as modulators, detectors, waveguides, edge and top couplers, PSR’s, heaters and supporting FETs and FEOL and BEOL passive elements within the general technology capability
  • Develop physics based simulation tools
  • Evaluate design solutions with commercially available simulation tools
  • Design and implement solutions to meet internal and customer requirements
  • Design and conduct optical experiments as needed to support design efforts
  • Actively collaborate (work) with device and integration development organization to define qualified process flow meeting the electrical and optical requirements
  • Closely work with supporting organizations (reliability, PDK, design manual, ground-rule, etc.) to exchange technical content and to meet schedule
  • Supports the development team by designing test structures for foundry process control.
  • Define MPW and test-site content for development of the photonics device library.
  • Perform all activities in a safe and responsible manner and support all Environmental, Health, Safety & Security requirements and programs

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD Degree in Electrical Engineering, Optical Physics  or Solid State Physics

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Detailed understanding of current capabilities and market trends in Silicon Photonics
  • 3+ years of experience in development of silicon photonics components for communication applications
  • Proficiency with photonics simulation software
  • Demonstrated drive and aptitude for research and development
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Energetic with excellent interpersonal skills, Self-motivated, with strong analytical and problem-solving


  • Demonstrate ability to work well within a global matrixed team or environment with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate well with all levels of the organization and experience in working with external constituencies
  • Strong organizational skills; demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and able to react to shifting priorities to meet business needs
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and commitments

Who You Will Work With:

  • Work as part of a team of photonic engineers dedicated to developing Silicon Photonics technology platform
  • Design and validate photonic components, subsystems, and integrated optoelectronic circuits
  • Define test plans and test optical/electrical performance of photonic devices
  • Design & development of photonic devices for Telecom, Datacom & other applications
  • Design of experiments & statistical analysis of measurements
  • Lead laboratory characterization & verification efforts for validating designs
  • Ensure that designs meet product specifications & can be successfully transferred into volume manufacturing

Who You Are:

  • MS minimum, PhD preferred in Electrical Engineering, Physics or Optics
  • Minimum of 2 years of university or industrial experience in silicon photonics with hands-on experience in design, simulation & lab characterization of photonics devices for optical communications
  • Prefer a good background in Optical PDK development including the design of some optical building blocks such as splitters, waveguides, MZIs, couplers & detectors
  • Hands-on experience optical simulation software such as FDTD, optical mode solvers, Matlab & some electrical IC EDA/design tools is required
  • Prefer candidates with a good understanding of semiconductor electrical properties, device physics including knowledge of optical phenomenon in CMOS based Silicon Photonics circuits
  • Knowledge of CMOS fabrication processes is a strong plus
  • Lab experience with optical measurements & optical test equipment required
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