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Electrical Engineer

  • Thorlabs
  • Sterling, VA, USA
  • Jun 27, 2022
Full time Engineering

Job Description

The position includes designing, prototyping, and troubleshooting electronic circuits and systems. Additional tasks consist of documentation, vendor management, prototyping, and transferring production ready products to manufacturing. A successful candidate for this position keeps apprised of cutting-edge technology, can think outside the box while simultaneously keeping things simple and remains within budget. This candidate will also be responsible for delegating electrical tasks to subordinate electrical engineers. The location of the position is in Sterling, VA--may be required occasionally to undertake duties at other Thorlabs or customer locations.


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

  • Design and develop electronics for precision scientific instruments and peripherals
  • Take a design from an initial concept through prototyping, debugging, and manufacturing phases
  • Manage project timeline and costs
  • Manage electronic component vendors and contract manufacturers
  • Troubleshoot and resolve electronics related system issues
  • Provide circuit simulations when required
  • Manage electronics engineering documentation and material specifications
  • Develop test plans and fixtures for manufacturing
  • Assist and or troubleshoot our production team when problems arise




  • 2+ years’ experience with electronics design for motion control, scientific, biotech, medical, or semiconductor instrumentation
  • Experience with schematic capture and PCB layout in Altium Designer
  • Experience in impedance controlled PBC routing
  • Experience in analog/digital low noise design, simulation, and implementation
  • Experience in power electronics
  • Experience with photo diode or PMT TIA amplifiers is a plus



  • Degree in Electronics Engineering


Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Proven expertise in troubleshooting and resolving electronic issues in instruments
  • Familiarity with design and implementation of optoelectronic circuits and control systems
  • Strong communication skills and presentation skills
  • Team player
  • Self-starter
  • Strong innovation skills.


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.