Laser R&D Manager - III-V Lasers

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    Northampton, Northamptonshire

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  • Salary:

    £70000 - £80000 per annum + Bonus, SOs, benefits

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    Phil Johnson

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  • Published:

    about 1 year ago

  • Start date:

    October 2021

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Laser R&D Manager

+ Market-leading manufacturer of innovative optical and photonic products

+ Semiconductor Laser technology

+ £70,000 to £80,000 per year salary

+ Bonus, stock options and excellent benefits

+ Northampton based and relocation assistance available

Join a market-leading manufacturer of innovative optical and photonic products enabling optical networking and commercial laser customers worldwide. The clients optical components and subsystems are part of virtually every type of telecom, enterprise, and data center network.

An opportunity for a Semiconductor Laser R&D Manager to join the Chip R&D team. The successful candidate will have previously led a similar R&D team, or be an experienced laser R&D engineer looking for the next career step into leading a team. The opportunity is to lead and manage a team that is developing technology and executing product introduction projects on new semiconductor lasers for telecommunications and other applications.


The role is to lead the team developing world-leading optical components for use in ultra-high data rate systems for cloud data centre, 5G mobile and coherent telecommunications optical fibre networks, and other applications. You will need to co-ordinate the laser chip team work, collaborating closely with internal customers in other product development teams, the wafer fabrication facility, and reliability/test teams. You must be proactive within a global R&D organisation


    • Lead a team of Indium Phosphide (InP) laser designers

    • Design of tunable lasers for use in telecommunications systems and other applications

    • Introduce new lasers into production in Lumentum's internal wafer fab, and give engineering support during full product lifecycle.

    • Confirm performance and manufacturability of the lasers

    • Communicate effectively between the chip development team and wafer fab and internal customer (module and components product development team)

Essential Skills:

    • Management of a highly skilled BSc & PhD level engineering team, building the team with existing experienced and enhancing new members.

    • Running engineering projects in combination with a program manager

    • Strong background in physics, electronic/electrical engineering, semiconductor materials or a related discipline

    • Semiconductor laser design (Tunable lasers and DFBs)

Device models (Commercial software and ability to write in-house custom software)

Performance measurements

Design for manufacturability and reliability

Coaching and guiding other designers on these activities

+ Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) design

+ Waveguides

+ Gratings

+ iii-v semiconductor materials


High knowledge level of iii-v semiconductor fabrication processes, including statistical data techniques

+ A proven record in new product introduction of semiconductor chips, including on-time product release, DFx, and high quality.