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University of Rochester Optical Thin Film Process Engineer - 224421 in Rochester, New York

Optical Thin Film Process Engineer Job ID 224421

Location Laser Lab & COI Full/Part Time Full-Time Favorite Job Regular/Temporary Regular Opening

Full Time 40 hours Grade 000 LLE-Laboratory for Laser Energ



The optical coating group at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) deposits optical interference coatings for use in some of the most powerful laser systems in the world. The engineer in this position is responsible for technical and supervisory support in the production of optical interference coatings for large-aperture laser optics. The ideal candidate will design, monitor, and analyze optical interference coatings for high power laser applications, using commercial software such as Optilayer, or similar. Supervision of personnel engaged in the deposition of optical coatings on large precision optics, coordination of preventative maintenance of coating chambers, and coordination of necessary supplies and support will also be required.


  • Assist in the coordination of the production activities of the Coating Department by directing resources toward optimum efficiency in producing high quality products to meet LLE objectives and customer requirements.

  • Act as Program Manager for coating equipment installation projects; support both internal and external customers from program start to finish through quotations, status updates, and scheduling.

  • Assist in preparation and execution of development and engineering schedule and coordination of coating activities.

  • Assist in directing the flow of work through the coating department to meet internal manufacturing requirements and outside customer requirements.

  • Develop and implement operating methods, coating designs and procedures designed to eliminate operating problems and improve product quality.

  • Monitor coating run setup & execution, track process integrity, identify stability issues, and implement corrective measures.

  • Support continuous improvement efforts including technician training, tooling design, software & PLC changes, chamber facilities modifications, and vacuum component upgrades.

  • Perform as a technical contributor by developing new techniques, methods and designs for coating applications.

  • Develop methods and practices for evaluating coating performance, which may include optimization of measurement hardware, defect evaluation, and laser damage assessment.

    REQUIREMENTS: B.S. Degree in Physical Science, Engineering, or Optics with 7-10 years hands-on experience in the design, application and measurement of optical coatings. In addition, experience in operating and maintaining optical coating machines is preferred. Computer programming, electrical and mechanical skills are advantageous. An MS Degree with 5 years of optical thin film experience is preferred.

    How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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