Laser Technician

Founded in 1989, Thorlabs has been serving the photonics industry for over 25 years. During that time, our worldwide presence has grown to include 15 offices in 9 countries with over 1500 employees. Each location provides a local presence within the community it serves. These local operations allow for customer dialogues that better inform our understanding of regional needs and how they fit within the worldwide picture. Today, our portfolio includes over 15,000 items, many of which are customer inspired.

Founded in Newton, NJ, the company still calls the town home today. Nestled in rural Sussex County, NJ, Thorlabs is within close proximity to New York City, the Delaware Water Gap, various lakes, state parks, and outdoor areas.

Thorlabs is privileged to play a role in the work of tens of thousands of researchers throughout the world through the products we provide. We are committed to building a company that achieves its competitive advantage from its fundamental understanding of the community of customers we serve.

Purpose of the Position

The primary responsibility of the Laser Technician is to assemble and test products containing complex optical, mechanical, and electronic components. Works under general supervision.

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

  • Mechanical, electrical and optical assembly of complex laser systems following written procedures and instructions
  • Optical alignment of free space laser cavities and related setups to defined specifications
  • Performing measurements and filling out production/QC records
  • Regularly updating engineers and supervisors on progress, issues and concerns related to the production/QC process and specific system builds.
  • Providing feedback and recommendations for process improvement.



In addition to the essential functions and duties listed above, all positions are also responsible for:

  • Meeting company standards pertaining to quantity and quality of work performed on an ongoing basis, performing all work related tasks in a manner that is in compliance with all Company policies and procedures.
  • Adhering to Company policies, procedures, and directives regarding standards of workplace behavior in completing job duties and assignments.

The Company retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.

Physical Activities:


Work is performed in a sanitized laboratory. Employees entering and leaving the laboratory must wear appropriate clothing and protective equipment such as masks, glasses and gloves. Ability to lift and move up to 40 pounds.




  • 2 years in a similar position preferred



  • Associate’s degree in Electronics or Engineering, Laser/Electro-optics Technology or equivalent


Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of laser technology and laser cavity alignment
  • Prior laser safety training, particularly including Class IV lasers.
  • Familiarity with Cleanroom environments.
  • Experience with electro-optical test equipment: M-squared meters, oscilloscopes, multimeters, function generators, spectrometers, beam profilers, optical power meters, etc.
  • Computer programming experience (e.g. C/C++/C#, Python,
  • LabView, MATLAB) is a plus.
  • Experience with Ti:Sapphire lasers, particularly ultrafast (mode-locked) lasers, is a plus.
  • Good Mechanical aptitude is required
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel.





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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 identify 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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