Senior R&D Scientist – PIC Characterization

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Senior R&D Scientist - PIC Characterization


Eindhoven, High Tech Campus


40 hours

For people who need a work permit, visa and/or relocation, we are acknowledged as high-tech company and eligible to apply for the highly skilled migrant visa. We also have a relocation package in place.

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 for optical communications and diverse sensing applications. Ranging from communication, automotive Lidar to medical applications, helping to solve major societal challenges.

To achieve our ambitious goals, we are looking for a Senior R&D Scientist, to work on PIC Characterization.

The role:

If you are passionate about understanding the principles of Test & Measurement and working in the characterization of Photonic Integrated Circuits, this might the challenge you are looking for!

You will have an important role within our Research & Development team, by intensively collaborating with our scientists, direct R&D colleagues, product management, and other involved colleagues and departments.

You will have to characterize and understand our building blocks in order to broaden our Process Design Kit and offer our customers multiple options to finetune their chips, bringing our innovation to life.

Your tasks will also include:

  • Test and validate new designs and Building Blocks in our Measurement Setup;
  • Analyze the results and report to the R&D team;
  • Align with team, and cross sectorial departments, such as Commerce, Test & Measurement, Technical Project Leads;
  • Contribute to high-quality reports, publications and if applicable, patents.
  • Participation in improvement projects, 8D’s and/or FMEA’s.

We are looking for a person who has /is:

  • A PhD in (Integrated) Photonics plus at least 4 years of industry experience OR a Master’s degree in a relevant field with at least 8 years of experience;
  • Strong affinity and experience in PIC characterization;
  • A good understanding of design software is a plus (Cadence, Klayout, Synopsys, etc);
  • Good communicator and able to work with other departments;
  • A natural independent drive to get things done – you take ownership of your own work;

If you’re ready to embark on a journey of innovation and collaboration, where your expertise will shape the future of Photonic IC’s, then we want to hear from you!

Our company is located in Eindhoven, we have a team of +/- 190 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.

We offer

  • A collaborative atmosphere with talented, passionate colleagues within an open culture;
  • Personalized career development, including training and coaching opportunities. Notable trainings are JePPIX courses, Green/Black Belt in DfSS and Six Sigma or Project Management;
  • 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;
  • Our employees valued teamwork with an 8.8 /10, freedom in their job with an 8.8/10.


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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