Principal Scientist

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Principal Scientist


Eindhoven HTC, The Netherlands


40 to 32 hours

SMART Photonics has the ambition to become the TIER 1 Foundry on InP.

To empower this ambition, we are recruiting a Principal Scientist. In this position you drive the innovation in our R&D team to develop the newest generation of Photonics Integrated Chips.

Description of tasks:

  • Connect research capabilities with product development needs.
  • Alignment with our global partners and customers to gain better understanding of their needs, challenges, and goals.
  • Internal cooperation in several teams and projects together with Engineering, Operations, and Commerce.
  • Develop, improve, and adjust the competencies of the R&D team together with our Manager R&D
  • Perform forward looking company sponsored research and development projects.
  • Lead new business proposal efforts from a technical point of view.
  • Closely follow the latest scientific developments at conferences and in papers
  • Contribute to the Roadmap definition of SMART Photonics and translate this Roadmap in actual projects and development plans.
  • Train and coach our R&D engineers, be an example, a go to person and a trusted technical expert.

We are looking for a person who has / is

  • A PhD degree in Photonics
  • After PhD at least 15 years of experience in a technical/R&D role in the photonics industry.
  • The ideal candidate has solid industry work experience in device, application, design, and implementation of integrated photonic chips.
  • Ability to effectively manage an urgent/crisis communication and drive a team to find quick solutions to critical problems.
  • Excellent written and oral communication abilities, along with confident presentation skills
  • Able to link departments, find common goals and to empower those who are part of your team.
  • Excellent match with our company values on Passion to Innovate, work SMART, Eye for quality and Teamwork spirit.

We offer

  • To evolve SMART Photonics to a TIER 1 foundry with global impact.
  • Gaining valuable experience in an InP foundry.
  • A challenging position with plenty of room for own initiatives and professional development.
  • A talented group of passionate, high educated people working in an open culture in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Benefits such as salary, relocation package, personal development, etc, to be discussed in the first introduction.


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