Optical Engineer (Fiber Development) - Denmark

NKT Photonics


Optical Engineer (Fiber Development) - Denmark

You will contribute to the research and development of the next generation of optical fibers primarily within the field of active fibers for building laser and amplifiers but potentially also for other types of advanced fibers within applications of light generation and transport. Working within a multi-disciplinary R&D organization you will interact with both the R&D and production teams in the development, manufacturing and test of fiber laser prototypes. Along the development journey, you will use your problem-solving skills to deliver innovative solutions ensuring that we stay at the cutting edge of our industry and are able to help our customers develop the next generation of solutions.

NKT Photonics is a dynamic, international high-tech company and a leader in the development, manufacturing, and supply of high-performance lasers and photonic crystal fibers. We employ some of the best and most creative people in our industry and they have enabled us to create one of the fastest growing and most innovative photonics companies in the World. At our Headquarters facility in Denmark, our main expertise is the development and production cutting edge photonic crystal fibers as well as white light laser sources, and narrow linewidth, low noise fiber lasers.

It’s an exciting, inspiring place to work where we encourage both personal and career development. To support our plans, we are now looking for a talented Optical Engineer to join our Fiber Development team in R&D.

This position would be an ideal opportunity for a candidate specialized in some of the following fields: fiber design, fiber manufacturing, fiber lasers and fiber optics, or simply for a person with a strong background in optics and the appetite to engage with the world of advanced optical fiber technology. The ideal candidate may already be working in a product development role in photonics or a similar industry and have hands-on knowledge of fiber and fiber laser development.

The Role

  • Contribute to both new and existing fiber development activities spanning from research and feasibility to maturation and optimization towards production.
  • Work with dedicated teams of professional engineers on interdisciplinary R&D projects comprising optical, electronic and mechanical challenges.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of one of the primary core technologies of the company comprising optimization of glass-compositions, fiber waveguide design, and fabrication processes.
  • Specifically, participate in the design, manufacturing and testing of novel gain fibers in prototype laser systems that may be all-fiber based or a combination of fiber and free-space optics.
  • There may be occasional travel to other NKT Photonics offices within Europe.

The Individual

  • Proven, relevant experience working with optical technology, ideally on the development of optical fibers. Specialist knowledge of fiber laser technology is preferred.
  • A relevant educational qualification (Physics, Natural Sciences or similar) is required, possibly gained within a photonics research environment.
  • Fluency in the English language (written and spoken) is important.
  • Comfortable working in small project teams; able to communicate at all levels.
  • Data driven with well-developed analytical abilities; able to question complex information, challenge assumptions and work in a structured manner to identify root-cause and effects and deliver inspiring solutions.
  • Dedicated to communicating your findings and understanding of a problem and engage in a team-based effort to move forward.
  • Passionate about what you do.

We embrace a culture in which a healthy work-life balance is encouraged; and we promote a positive, supportive working environment. To support our growth plans, we are investing in our facilities and rapidly enlarging our talented teams. We provide a great place to work with good people and exciting, industry leading products.

If this sounds like the place you would like to work, please send your CV and a brief cover letter and we will be in contact soon.

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