Project A Ventures
Project A Ventures

Photonic Design Engineer (m/f/d)

Software Development

About the Job

We are seeking a highly skilled and innovative Photonic Design Engineer (f/m/d) to join one of our portfolio companies and play a crucial part in the development and optimization of cutting-edge graphene-based, high-speed optical transceiver platform.

In your day to day work you’ll ensure the performance, efficiency, and scalability of the devices, achieving low loss and high yield.

Join our portfolio company: A German hardware company focused on designing and manufacturing cutting-edge microchips. The transformative startup offers energy-efficient and high-performance components for multiple industries.

In this role, you’ll:

  • Design and develop passive photonic components in silicon nitride for applications such as multiplexing and fiber-to-chip coupling
  • Create, layout, and update Process Design Kit (PDK) building blocks as required, ensuring their accuracy and functionality.
  • Develop test structures to facilitate accurate verification of device models.
  • Perform inverse design and benchmark solutions against alternative designs to ensure optimal performance.
  • Collaborate closely with the characterization team to acquire and analyze statistical data, ensuring accurate performance validation and improvement

Your Profile

  • PhD in a relevant field or a minimum of 3 years of professional experience in integrated photonics
  • Proficiency in using Lumerical products such as MODE, FDTD, and Multiphysics
  • Strong programming skills in Python, along with experience using Git for version control
  • Hands-on experience with layout software such as gdsfactory, Nazca, or OptoDesigner
  • Experience with inverse design methodologies is an advantage
  • Practical characterization experience in an optical lab is a plus
  • Familiarity with optical design software, particularly Zemax, is a plus

Please note that we’re looking for support in the Aachen office of our portfolio company. Eligibility to work in the EU is required.

Benefits and Perks

  • Comprehensive benefits package with outstanding insurance, pension and virtual stock options at our portfolio company
  • An inspiring, creative and diverse environment with professional and motivated colleagues from all over the world
  • Transparent and open culture where every person is highly valued and respected
  • Getting challenged and developing your professional skills by taking over responsibilities, and a guaranteed steep learning curve from day one
  • A supportive environment that prioritises work-life balance
  • Be part of a professional network within the Project A family, with access to regular events, knowledge exchange and meetups

Apply below and become a part of our success story!

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Project A is committed to diverse and equal opportunities hiring for all – applicants, candidates, and employees alike. We value humans – with all our glorious multifaceted backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences – and look forward to your application.

Updated: 2 days ago
Job ID: 11848353
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Project A Ventures

51-200 employees
Venture Capital and Private Equity Principals

Project A is the operational VC that provides its ventures with capital, an extensive network, and exclusive access to a wide range of operational expertise.

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