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Photonic Design Engineer at Ayar Labs
Santa Clara, CA, US
General Description: 
The successful Photonics Design Engineer will be responsible for designing and characterizing a variety of passive and active integrated photonics devices, primarily in a commercial silicon-on-insulator process. Responsibilities include taking device designs all the way from simulation to prototyping to experimental validation. This includes electromagnetic simulation, design, layout, verification, design of experiment, and analysis of measurements. Work as a part of a small team in a dynamic startup environment, driving high-performance photonic designs. 

Essential Functions: 
  • Designing photonic devices and test structures to measure and optimize performance (propagation loss, bend loss, tapered waveguide transitions, polarization splitter/rotators, etc.)
  • Analyzing measurement results to validate simulation models
  • Translating practical foundry limitations to robust photonic designs

Additional Responsibilities: 
  • Collaborate closely with manufacturing team to incorporate design for test (DFT) and design for manufacturability (DFM) at early stages in the design cycle
  • Develop compact models for photonic components for use in mixed-signal circuit simulations
  • Use statistical techniques to develop models and understand the impact of foundry process corners on photonic devices

Basic Qualifications: 
  • Ph.D. in electrical engineering, physics, or related field with a focus on photonic device design
  • 5+ years of working/research experience
  • Experienced with electromagnetic simulations in standard software suites (FDTD, modesolvers, FMM, etc.)
  • Proficient with standard scientific computing tools and data analysis (Python, Matlab)
  • Familiar with Linux/Unix
  • Familiar with modern version control workflows (e.g. Git)
  • Excited about the prospect of contributing to the development of a new technology
 
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About Ayar Labs
At Ayar Labs we’re about to revolutionize computing by moving data with light.  We’re unleashing processing power for artificial intelligence, high performance computing, and telecommunications by removing the bottlenecks created by today’s electrical I/O -- making it possible to continue scaling computing system performance.  Ayar Labs is the first to deliver in-package optical I/O chiplets, a new universal I/O solution that replaces traditional electrical I/O and enables chips to communicate with each other from millimeters to kilometers, to deliver orders of magnitude improvements in latency, bandwidth density, and power consumption.

With our strong collaborations with industry leaders and government, our deep ties to MIT and UC Berkeley, and our commitment to hiring the best engineers in photonics and electronics, joining our team gives you the opportunity to collaborate with renowned experts on challenging, paradigm-shifting work.

We are passionate about delivering in-package optical I/O at scale, leveraging the strength of our patent portfolio and our team of leading interdisciplinary experts.  We believe that deep cross-collaboration between teams facilitated by honest, open debate is the best way to drive innovation and achieve big wins.   Join our team and experience the possibilities.

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