R&D Engineer with expertise in electronics and photonics

  • EPFL
  • Lausanne, VD, Switzerland
  • 09/07/2021
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Job Description

EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, is one of the most dynamic university campuses in Europe and ranks among the top 20 universities worldwide. The EPFL employs more than 6,000 people supporting the three main missions of the institutions: education, research and innovation. The EPFL campus offers an exceptional working environment at the heart of a community of more than 16,000 people, including over 12,000 students and 4,000 researchers from more than 120 different countries.

R&D Engineer with expertise in electronics and photonics

Your mission :
The Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurements (LPQM) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) is looking for a R&D Engineer with expertise in electronics and photonics. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that has technological impact, and have an ambition to become involved in a future startup, that can shape future technology, the LPQM could be your fit. Integrated photonics has over the past decade seen major growth and is already impacting modern technologies in the form of transceivers for data-center interconnect. At EPFL we have been part of the next generation of developments, and have pioneered (published and patented) ultra-low loss nonlinear integrated photonics, notably chip scale frequency combs, which have applications ranging from massively parallel coherent communication for datacenters, to ultra-fast coherent LiDAR for autonomous driving.
Within the framework of a funded tech transfer project, we are looking for an R&D engineer/scientist with industrial and/or academic experience to work on the industrialization of a novel photonic integrated technology for use in the domain of telecommunication and ultrafast LiDAR, with the aim of launching a spin-off.
The candidate’s role will be to participate in the development of the laboratory demonstrator from the current stage of research prototype to a demonstrator that can be manufactured via foundry, and for use in applications. The candidate will be responsible for the development and engineering of control electronics, mechanical solution/simulation, and integrated photonics design. We have a strong team of engineers and scientists and several external contractors and industrial partners with extensive expertise in product development. The initial appointment is for 1 year, with the possibility of renewal.
EPFL has a campus-like environment situated in Lausanne on the shores of Lakes Geneva, and offers a unique work environment: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence. LPQM hosts a unique infrastructure, with multi-million CHF investments with in-house laboratory-based testing and silicon photonics foundry.

Main duties and responsibilities include :

  • Development of custom electronic and photonic subsystem
  • Participation in the mechanical design of the prototypes
  • Development of the system control software
  • Participation in the photonic chip design and testing
  • Reporting and documentation of system development progress

Your profile :
For this position, we are looking for solution-oriented candidates who match the qualities below:

  • MSc or PhD in electrical engineering or physics
  • Industrial experience is an asset
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: electronics/integrated electronics, III-V semiconductor lasers and optoelectronics, silicon photonics design, RF engineering, optical/electrical packaging, photonics system design
  • Familiarity with key software, including CAD, Python/MATLAB, SiP design tools
  • Working experience on similar projects bringing basic research technologies towards the market as well as system integration/ telecom technologies/LiDAR - is a plus
  • Experience in proposal writing is an asset

We offer :

  • Work on next generation integrated photonics technology for LiDAR, sensing, industrial metrology, and data center interconnects
  • Become a member of a future spin-off
  • A remarkably well-equipped laboratory, including full in house electronic and optical testing, and in-house integrated silicon photonics foundry
  • Join a laboratory PI with track record of successful startup launching
  • A young, dynamic, flexible and highly motivated R&D environment
  • Embedded within a team of academic scholars with track record in scientific excellence
  • Substantial R&D funds for prototype development
  • Working in Switzerland – an ideal place for high tech startups

We give preference to candidate abilities, over area of specialization.

Start date :
Immediately or to be defined.

Term of employment :
Fixed-term (CDD)

Duration :
The initial appointment is for 1 year, with the possibility of renewal.

Contact :

Remark :
Only candidates who applied through EPFL website or our partner Jobup’s website will be considered. Files sent by agencies without a mandate will not be taken into account