Principal Design Engineer

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Principal Design Engineer


Eindhoven HTC, The Netherlands


40 hours

At SMART Photonics we are reshaping the world of Photonics. We are an Indium Phosphide foundry specialized in Photonic Integrated Circuits. Our technology allows to uniquely combine semiconductor lasers and amplifiers, detectors, and high-speed modulators, to create state-of-the-art solutions, helping to solve major societal challenges, ranging from communication, automotive LiDAR to medical applications

If you are interested in engaging in high-speed photonic integrated circuit design, and looking for a position that allows you to create the technical differentiation for SMART Photonics, we together will revolutionize the era of Photonics Integrated Circuits by building cutting-edge circuitry.



Your responsibility:

  • Become a team member of our Technology Competence Centre, which acts as technology consultant about PICs within the company, and supports and gives direction to the R&D program.
  • Perform the behavioural modelling of our building blocks and integrated circuits.
  • Support our customers to simulate functionality and performance of their Photonics Circuits and support their design teams with DfX (Design for Manufacturability, Test, Packageability, Reliability) in mind.
  • Understand the design requirements of complex PICs to improve our PDK (Process Design Kit) in terms of performance, functionality and completeness.
  • Exploring the trade-offs of the existing processes and customer feedback, and propose the best solution to achieve or exceed the requirements in terms of power, design, linearity, bandwidth,
  • Develop the design testing plans and work with cross functional teams to characterize the functionality and performance of PIC reference designs to validate our PDK and building blocks.
  • Work with customers to design testing plans.
  • Understand and actively acquire market requirements and able to translate this into specs for our current and future building blocks.
  • Translate market requirements into a feasible Technology roadmap that allows to strengthen the capabilities of the foundry and stay ahead as leading foundry.


We are looking for a person who has / is:

Must haves:

  • PhD degree in Integrated Photonics, (or equivalent by experience).
  • Proven tracking records of designing complex PICs.
  • Added with comprehensive Foundry / PIC designer / customer related industry experience of more than 10 years.
  • Outstanding knowledge of PIC design for optical communications, LiDAR and/or sensing,
  • Possess strong analytical abilities, diagnosing issues and proposing practical, effective, and innovative solutions.
  • Strong communicator, self-confident, able to connect with people, win their trust and respect.
  • Drive to deliver high quality and be self-critical.
  • Embrace opportunities for skill development, keeping yourself abreast of the latest developments and industry best practices.
  • Available to travel occasionally to international conferences, project meetings and customers.


We offer:

The unique opportunity to join our industry-leading foundry; we design it, we build it, we bring it to the market. Not only does this role add to your personal growth and development, its enables you to make impact on people’s lives and a more sustainable world.

Benefits & Culture at SMART Photonics:

Our company is in Eindhoven, we have a team of colleagues from a diverse culture and world-wide background. We value our people and are offering support and guidance in personal growth, career development and work-life balance.

As everyone is different, we offer a wide variety of possibilities:

  • When we hire a unicorn, the salary line is in line with Unicorn range in the industry.
  • This is an onsite position; 25% remote / working from home optional.
    • For US based applicants, alternative hybrid options are possible.
  • Investment in your career development by a tailor-made career plan (including courses, training, and personal coaching options)
  • Up to 250 online courses you can follow.
  • Chair massage, fruit of the office, company fitness discount and Lunch Walks.
  • We are located at the High Tech Campus a bustling location offering a supermarket, all kind of restaurants, a gym, and network events such a (fe)male tech hero’s, spouse networking and a pub quiz night.
  • For people who need a work permit, visa and/or relocation, we are eligible to apply for the highly skilled migrant visa. We also have a relocation package in place.
  • Our employees valued teamwork with an 8.8 /10, freedom in their job with an 8.8/10 and collaboration with other colleagues an 8.6/10.

The 9 core values of SMART Photonics are: Customer obsession, Bias for Action, Teamwork Spirit, Passion to Innovate, Trust in each Other, Work SMART, Eye for quality, Ownership, and continuous improvement.

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