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Electrical Design Engineer - Full Time

Thorlabs - Ann Arbor, MI

Posted on 04/07/22 (Ref: )

This is a full-time, product development position at Thorlabs-UFO (Ann Arbor, MI) a division of Thorlabs, Inc. The charter of UFO is to design, develop, and manufacture leading edge, high-speed opto-electronics product in concert with the broad technical base of Thorlabs' other business units. This person will be a key engineer responsible for the conceptualization, modelling and design of complex electronic circuits used in new UFO products. These circuits will contain analog, digital, microcontroller, and RF elements.

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

Responsible for the design, simulation, layout, validation, and documentation of mixed-signal electronic circuits for high-speed instrumentation
Test, validation, and debugging of mixed-signal and RF electronics
Design microcontroller-based circuits for system control and display
Coordinate prototyping and procurement of bare board and PCB assemblies
Prototype and modify PCB assemblies working with the aid of a stereo microscope
Write assembly, test, and quality procedures associated with electronic systems
Work closely with embedded firmware and software engineers
Troubleshoot issues with electrical systems, both new and existing
Support manufacturing in assembling, testing, and troubleshooting issues
Maintain documentation for the product development & NPI process
Write support documentation, manuals, application notes

Desired Skills:
Deep understanding of analog, digital & RF circuit design
Analog circuit design and layout low-noise instrumentation, power supply design
Deep experience with Altium for design and layout
RF/Microwave circuit design and layout
Digital circuit design and layout microcontroller selection, digital comm. busses (I2C, SPI, LVDS)
Simulation Familiarity with analog circuit simulation required (Spice), RF and/or microwave simulation preferred (linear circuit simulation, S-parameter simulation, electromagnetic simulation)
Testing Must be proficient with high-speed time domain testing (oscilloscope) and frequency domain preferred (spectrum analyzer, network analyzer)
Familiar with EMC/EMI requirements and design for low noise
Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
Strong problem solving and design of experiment (DOE) skills
Candidate must be detail oriented, highly organized, & able to document work
Candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills


Experience with full product life cycle (requirements, design, implementation, simulation, verification)
5+ years of circuit design, layout, simulation, build & debug experience
Experience with test instrumentation including the following:
oscilloscopes, spectrum & network analyzers, pattern generators (including PRBS)
Experience with PCB vendors, procurement, and quality management
Experience developing complex commercial instrumentation


BS or MS in EE or related field

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.

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