Santa Clara, California

At Applied Materials, we are pioneering novel nano-photonic devices for applications in imaging, sensing, and computing.  We are harnessing the power of Applied Material’s world-leading material science and nano-fabrication capabilities to enable the next generation of photonic devices.

Our photonics modeling and design team iscurrently seeking to hire a Photonics Design Engineer with a PhD or equivalent learning in photonics, optics, or physics, in addition to 5 - 10 years of successful work experience. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Modeling, designing, prototyping and debugging novel and complex photonic devices
  • First-principle analysis of optical and electromagnetic devices 

Functional Knowledge and Experience

  • Deep understanding of passive or active nano-photonic devices
  • Design exploration, accurate modeling, design of experiment and characterization of photonic devices in application to imaging, sensing or displays
  • Familiarity with laser/LED device physics, diffractive optics, optical materials and nano-fabrication methods is advantageous
  • Design by first-principle analysis as well as detailed computational modeling and optimization
  • Proficient in simulation methods such as RCWA, FDTD, FEM, Fourier Optics, Ray Optics

  • Proficient in MATLAB, Python or C++ 

​In addition to above, the following is highly preferred knowledge and experience:

  • Familiarity with laser/LED device physics, diffractive optics, polarization optics and optical materials 
  • Familiarity with micro-displays, spatial light modulators, image sensors, photodiodes 
  • Familiarity with thin film materials and nano-fabrication techniques 
  • Familiarity with design for manufacturing, tolerance analysis, and statistical performance analysis 
  • Familiarity with computational optimization and machine learning techniques 


Business Expertise

    • Interprets internal/external business challenges and recommends best practices to improve products, processes or services


    • Must thrive at both independent exploration and collaborative execution in a cross-functional team

    Problem Solving

    • Leads others to solve complex problems; uses sophisticated analytical thought to exercise judgment and identify innovative solutions


    • Must be passionate about invention, novel solutions to real-world problems and building products rather than lab demonstrations

    Interpersonal Skills

    • Effective in communication of advantages, disadvantages and risks of technical designs and decisions 



    Doctorate Degree: Optical Engineering




    Years of Experience:

    7 - 10 Years

    Work Experience:

    Additional Information


    Yes, 20% of the Time

    Relocation Eligible:


    Applied Materials is committed to diversity in its workforce including Equal Employment Opportunity for Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.

    Santa Clara, California

    A global leader in the nanomanufacturing technology solutions for the electronics industry, Applied Materials is built on the strength of talented people. We offer a wide variety of job opportunities for experienced professionals and recent college students/graduates that will capitalize on your current skills while broadening your experience and engaging you in a dynamic, fast-changing industry.

    Here, you will work in community to achieve a common goal and encounter exciting new challenges every day. Our company is continually evolving: implementing innovations to make semiconductors more portable, powerful, and affordable than ever before.

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