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IMRA America, Inc. is a world leading company for research, development, manufacturing, and application of ultrafast fiber lasers.  IMRA was established in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1990 and is a globally active company today.  Product conception through completion, along with marketing and sales, is carried out at our Ann Arbor headquarters.  Solution development for customers takes place at our facility in Fremont, California.  Positions are located in Ann Arbor unless otherwise stated.

IMRA believes that investing in our employees is an investment towards our future.  With that in mind, we offer a better-than industry, comprehensive benefits package that includes a company-matched 401(k) plan, and FSA and HSA contributions towards your overall health coverage.  We also provide patent development incentives and annual company-wide events.  To apply with IMRA, choose your appropriate job position to find out more details and upload your resume.

IMRA employees are covered by a comprehensive, industry-competitive benefits program, including:

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability
  • 401(k) retirement savings program
  • Paid vacations and holidays

The CAD Drafter will work closely with engineers in development and manufacturing to create mechanical drawings used in the production of lasers.  A solid understanding of Autodesk Inventor and Vault are required for this position.

Job Functions:

  • Use 3D CAD to perform mechanical drawings including simple component parts and complex system parts.
  • Works with engineers in development as well as in production.
  • Draw part and assembly drawings derived from existing CAD 3D models or other engineering documentation.
  • Update, maintain and revise drawings and documents.
  • Make documents such as a bill of materials and manufacturing-related documents.
  • Update, maintain and revise drawings and documents.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of an Associate’s degree in engineering or related technical field.
  • 3+ years of hands-on experience with 3D CAD drafting of precision parts.
  • Ability to productively use Autodesk CAD tools such as Inventor and Vault.
  • Able to perform accurate drawings.
  • Good understanding of basic GD&T limits and fits.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Skilled in MS office.
  • Ability to work with engineers and correct drawings.

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The electronics engineer will design systems and controls to integrate electronics with optical and mechanical subsystems of our cutting edge lasers.

Job Functions:

  • Responsible for system level and board level analog/digital hardware design and software development projects for control of IMRA laser products..
  • System engineering and integration of electronics with optical and mechanical subsystems.
  • Determine user interface and safety requirements according to customer inputs and applicable national and international standards for functional safety, electrical safety, laser safety, and EMI/EMC.
  • Perform design, simulation, and test of analog/digital circuit and software functions.
  • Generate, revise, update, and document existing hardware/software configurations,  including troubleshooting, repair, and improving of system functionality.
  • Work with vendors and suppliers on custom quotations and to resolve delivery or performance issues.
  • Coordinate with the Quality Department on safety and regulatory requirements, testing, and certification.
  • Support manufacturing, transfer designs from development to production and diagnose manufacturing problems.

Qualifications:

  • BSEE/MSEE with 3-5+ years’ relevant experience. Recent PhD graduate with strong educational performance will be considered.
  • Experience interfacing analog circuits and digital peripherals with embedded micro-controllers.
  • Experience with analog, mixed signal and closed loop designs using op-amps, DACs, ADCs and passive components, operating in a frequency range from DC to 1 GHz.
  • Experience in PCB design using tools such as Altium or Eagle.
  • Experience with programming of embedded microprocessors in C required.
  • FPGA programming skills in Verilog preferred.
  • Experience in optics/electro-optics is a definite plus.
  • Good written/verbal communication and project documentation skills.

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The electronics technician is responsible for assembling, testing and documenting, products, components and subsystems in the production of the electronics for our ultrashort pulse rate lasers. The candidate will possess experience in the assembly, soldering and wire crimping of components requiring exceptional manual dexterity as well as experience using electrical and electronic measurement equipment.

Job Functions:

  • Under direct supervision, assembles products and their components and sub-systems, including those that are extremely fragile.
  • Uses various tools and equipment to assemble and test products and their components and subsystems.
  • Maintains inventory of products and their components and sub-systems.
  • Makes minor adjustments to the assembly workstation and offers feedback on major adjustments.
  • Recognizes anomalous results and notifies others.
  • Documents work according to existing documentation schemes.
  • Maintains inventory of supplies.
  • Maintains and periodically calibrates equipment.
  • May assume responsibility for oversight of a production workstation, including supplies, maintenance and housekeeping.

Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree in electronics engineering or related field, plus one to two years’ experience electronics assembly, electrical assembly or high school diploma plus three to five years of experience.
  • Experience in soldering and wire crimping manufacturing and general assembly
  • Electrical and electronic measurement techniques i.e. Oscilloscope, mustimeters etc.
  • Experience working with ESD sensitive devices, cable harnesses, inspection, laser and optical sources
  • Experience working in an EPA (electrostatic protected area) with ESD’s (electrostatic sensitive devices).
  • Good manual dexterity.
  • Quality conscious, attention to detail. Experience of working in an IPC and ISO standard workplace.

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Work under the supervision of a Laser Applications Research Engineer to setup and maintain the prototype laser processing workstations in the lab. Conduct experiments and document processing parameters and results.  This position is located at ADC, our Fremont, California division.

Job Functions:

  • Conduct laser processing experiments with motion generally based on computer-controlled linear translation stages or galvanometer-based mirror scanners.
  • Document processing parameters and results of laser processing experiments using various analytical tools (optical microscope, SEM, optical surface profiler, etc.).
  • Work together with Laser Applications Research Engineer to evaluate all results.
  • Setup and/or make modifications to the laser processing workstation in the lab. This includes optics, optomechanics, electronics and computer control. Document all design changes.
  • Monitor performance of the laser (average power, pulse duration, beam quality, etc.). Maintain a log of performance data.
  • Keep the labs neat and organized. Track lab consumables in order to maintain stock and not run out.

Qualifications:

  • BS degree in engineering or science discipline
  • Up to 2 years related experience, including extensive hands-on optical lab experience.
  • Familiarity with general optics principles, as used for beam alignment and focusing.
  • Demonstrated the ability to measure performance parameters of lasers in a laboratory setting.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a larger team.
  • Experience with Aerotech stage controllers and g-code would be preferred.
  • Familiarity with MS Office software.
  • Familiarity with Design of Experiments.
  • Be flexible to respond to new requests and learn new skills.
  • Setting up lasers in the lab generally involves some moderate lifting.

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Working in a small team environment, the Laser Application Researcher will assist in the development of new applications for our industry-leading line of femtosecond fiber lasers.  This position will also provide customer interface and needs assessment along with state-of-the-art laboratory research and development.  This position is located at ADC, our Fremont, California division.

Job Functions:

  • Develops femtosecond laser applications technologies.
  • Find proper laser process recipes for potential customers.
  • Tests laser prototypes for material process and feedback to laser developers.
  • Develops laser processing devices and key processing machine functions.
  • Work with sales and marketing for business development.
  • Supports sales and marketing for business exhibitions.
  • Develops the capabilities of Application Development Center while working in a team.
  • Technically represents laser processing technology externally working with applications and business development manager.

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in engineering or science (MSc is applicable based on the experiences).
  • Minimum 3 years of industrial experience in laser material processes and/or laser machining development.
  • Knowledgeable in laser optics and sciences of laser material interaction.
  • Experience in operating devices necessary for laser material processing.
  • Knowledgeable in machine operation language and Labview programming.
  • Hands-on experience with machine shop tools and simple electronics.
  • Proven communication skills in a business environment.
  • Strong people and project management skills, including time management, prioritization, and problem-solving skills.
  • Proven capability to be personable and to effectively communicate and present concept and technical data to prospective customers and internal personnel.

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The optics manufacturing technician is responsible for assembling, measuring and documenting, products, components and subsystems in the production of our ultrashort pulse rate lasers. The candidate will possess experience in the assembly of very small and fragile components requiring exceptional manual dexterity.

Job Functions:

  • Under direct supervision, assembles products and their components and subsystems, including those that are extremely fragile.
  • Uses various tools and equipment to assemble and test products and their components and subsystems.
  • Maintains inventory of products and their components and subsystems.
  • Makes minor adjustments to the assembly workstation and offers feedback on major adjustments.
  • Recognizes anomalous results and notifies others.
  • Documents work according to existing documentation schemes.
  • Maintains inventory of supplies.
  • Maintains and periodically calibrates equipment.
  • May assume responsibility for oversight of a production workstation, including supplies, maintenance and housekeeping.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Good manual dexterity.
  • Quality conscious, attention to detail.
  • Competency in MS Office
  • Able to work 20 – 40 hours per week between 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Preferred:

  • Associate’s degree in engineering or related field, plus one to two years experience in fabrication of optical, optical fiber, mechanical, or fragile parts; or high school diploma plus three to five years of experience.
  • Work experience in epoxy use in manufacturing and general chemical use.
  • Optical measurement techniques.
  • Experience working with laser and optical sources.
  • Experience working in an EPA (electrostatic protected area) with ESD’s (electrostatic sensitive devices).
  • Experience working in an ISO standard workplace.

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The product engineer is responsible for work from prototype to production of IMRA’s world-class femtosecond fiber lasers.  Working with other engineers and scientists this person will establish, improve and troubleshoot assembly and production processes and procedures.

Job Functions:

  • Engineering for production of IMRA femtosecond fiber lasers.
  • Prototyping new laser products.
  • Establish and improve assembly procedures.
  • Occasionally involved directly in laser production.
  • Troubleshoot build and process issues in production.
  • Improve design of products for manufacturability.
  • Optical and mechanical test of assemblies, as well as the complete product.

Qualifications:

  • BSc in engineering or science.
  • Hands-on knowledge of optics.
  • Experience with optical measurement equipment.
  • Industrial experience is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).
  • Familiarity with mechanical or optical CAD tools (Inventor, Zemax) a definite plus.
  • Capable of working in a team environment.

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The precision mechanical engineer is responsible for designing mechanical parts, components and packaging for lasers and controllers for our laser systems.  Also plays lead role in transfer of designs to manufacturing operation. The candidate will be working with other engineers and scientists of IMRA laser development team.

Job Functions:

  • Design and develop precision mechanical parts for optics for laser products
  • Responsible for mechanical component design
  • Responsible for mechanical package design
  • Responsible for controller package design to drive the laser
  • Leads mechanical design review activities
  • Leads transferring of mechanical design of parts and products to manufacturing
  • Responsible for engineering specs for all mechanical parts used in product
  • Develops production assembly processes and jigs

Qualifications:

  • Requires precision mechanical design and materials knowledge
  • BS Mechanical Engineer Required, MSME a plus
  • Proven track record in precision mechanics component and package design
  • Knowledge in mechanical process engineering
  • Proficient experiences in Autodesk Inventor
  • Proficient experiences in FEA analysis
  • Proficient experiences in mechanical tolerance analysis
  • Experienced knowledge in optics is a plus
  • Hands-on capability in mechanical component test
  • 5+ years of industrial precision mechanics design engineering experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

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Working in a small team, you will assist in the design and development of non-fiber, high energy ultrafast lasers and amplifiers.  You will also lead research in new and innovative ultrafast laser systems.

Job Functions:

  • Designing and development of non-fiber, high-energy ultrafast laser and amplifier.
  • Exploratory research on innovative ultrafast lasers.
  • Report and documentation of R&D results.
  • Writing for patent application as needed.
  • Writing and presenting on research outcome for publication as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in laser physics, physics, optics, electronic engineering, or other laser-related major.
  • Expertise in building ultrafast lasers, including optical & mechanical designing.
  • Solid technical background on blue-UV laser optics or SLAB laser optics.
  • Skilled in 3D CAD software is preferred.
  • Skilled in optical design software is preferred.

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The Laser Ceramic Research Scientist will work with an elite team of scientists to develop ceramics for use in our next generation of laser technology.

Job Functions:

  • R&D on transparent ceramics fabrication.
  • Optical and mechanical characterization of fabricated ceramics.
  • In charge of maintenance of equipment/instruments.
  • Practice safe lab operation.
  • Documentation and reporting of R&D results.
  • Patent application writing, as needed.
  • Writing and presenting on research outcomes for publications, as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in material science/engineering, inorganic chemistry, applied chemistry, or other ceramics-related major.
  • Expertise in fabrication of ceramics, including material designing and characterization.
  • Solid technical background on transparent ceramics.
  • Hands-on experience with a vacuum hot press furnace is preferred.
  • Hands-on experience of synthesis of fluoride-based ceramics is preferred.
  • Having a good deal of knowledge on optical grade surface finishing of ceramics is preferred.

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