Photonics Support Engineer

(Full-time continuing position in Montreal or Ottawa office)

CMC Microsystems works with researchers and industry across Canada’s National Design Network® providing access to world-class tools, technologies, expertise and industrial capabilities for designing, prototyping and manufacturing innovations in microsystems and nanotechnologies. CMC reduces the barriers to technology adoption by creating and sharing platform technologies.

Innovative and energetic with a passion for technology? The Photonics Support Engineer understands client research needs and finds solutions (specification, design, prototype fabrication, packaging and testing) that satisfy the client while making effective use of available resources. A rewarding challenge! Responsible for supporting CMC’s photonics design environment, including university clients who want to design, prototype and test novel photonic/optoelectronic devices and circuits, the successful candidate possesses a solid understanding of optoelectronic and photonic component technologies. They will bring innovation and enthusiasm to the task with excellent communication (written, verbal, presentation) and interpersonal skills, possessing the initiative to work with minimal supervision. If this describes an opportunity that excites you, come grow with us! To be considered for this position please send cover letter and resume to Sue Publicover at:

General Requirements
• Improve and update existing design kits for photonics microfabrication technologies
• Develop design kits for new phonics microfabrication technologies and related integration & packaging services
• Write supporting documentation such as user guides and application notes
• Develop appropriate training materials for use by university clients
• Organize training sessions for university clients
• Answer support questions from clients who use CAD tools and design kits from CMC
• Specify and purchase new CAD tools
• Work with clients to establish design specifications that take into account foundry capabilities and cost-performance trade-offs
• Help clients to develop effective strategies for testing their prototypes
• Collect and evaluate test data from clients
• Manage the flow of university designs into foundry–like services
• Project scheduling and tracking
• Design data qualification and submission
• Evaluate fabrication data for CMC sign-off
• Communicate client test results to the foundry when appropriate
• Manage paperwork required for financial approvals, project tracking and invoicing
• Occasional travel to attend conferences, meet clients and/or make presentations about CMC and CMC services
• Engage clients and prospective clients. Gather and assess intelligence about future technology directions

Technical Requirements
• Strong technical skills, with expertise in several of the following areas:
• Photonic devices and circuit design and modeling, including the use of simulation software (e.g., BPM, FDTD, laser simulation) and mask design, layout and verification
• Familiarity with photonic and/or microelectronic circuit design automation tools
• Photonic device and IC fabrication, photonic device and IC characterization
• Packaging and hybrid integration of photonics, optoelectronic and microelectronic devices and ICs
• Compound semiconductor processing and process diagnostics
• Silicon-based process engineering
• Writing of software and related documentation
• Knowledge of Unix or Linux operating systems
• Programming skills in Python, C, Matlab and Labview

Educational Requirements
• Background in physics, engineering physics, electrical engineering, materials science or equivalent (PhD preferred) with emphasis on optoelectronic or photonic devices or circuits
• At least 3 years of related work experience in R&D or manufacturing environment

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