Laser Development and Engineering


POSITION SUMMARY: The Laboratory is seeking an entry level position working in a class 100 cleanroom, working on state-of-the-art research in thin film coatings, and responsible for high precision cleaning of large optics and inspection prior to coating. Candidate will participate in development of cleaning methods for glass and hydroscopic optics, sol-gel coatings, and structured thin films and assist in the maintenance of optics on the OMEGA laser system to prevent costly damage to system components. Ability to manipulate heavy mechanisms and glass substrates required.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Laboratory Technician reports to the Cleanroom Operations Supervisor in the Optical Manufacturing Group and duties include the following:

  • Cleaning and preparation of substrates prior to the deposition or assembly process
  • Inspection and quality assurance of incoming glass substrates and optical coatings
  • Cleaning and handling hydroscopic materials
  • Maintenance of a class 100 cleanroom and equipment for optical cleaning
  • Sol-gel coating of optical substrates by spin-coat and dip methods
  • Chemical stripping of varioust materials (e.g. photoresist, dielectric films) from large substrates. Work is done in a fume hood
  • Maintain records on the condition of each optic and document all process information
  • Assembly of optical substrates into various holders and mounts
  • Data entry and operating custom software on a windows based computer
  • Troubleshoot malfunctioning equipment and make simple repairs

REQUIREMENTS: Familiarity with any of the following technical aspects is a plus:

  • Cleanroom gowning protocols and contamination control procedures
  • Surface inspection and characterization techniques. (e.g. scratch/dig, cleanliness)
  • Mechanical assembly processes using hand-held tools

The position will require the ability to manipulate heavy mechanisms and glass substrates. A willingness to interact with fellow technicians, research scientists, students, and vendors with a friendly and professional attitude is essential for carrying out the duties of this job.

QUALIFICATIONS: The candidate should have an Associates degree in electronics, optics, or mechanical technology, plus two-years experience in a hands-on technical field or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Candidates are invited to apply online at
Please apply to Job Opening ID 203297.

Posted on 16 August 2017


Position Summary: The Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester is seeking an entry level mechanical design engineer to join the mechanical engineering group. This engineer will design and engineer equipment used in support of laboratory research in the fields of high energy physics, optics, lasers and materials.

Typical projects involve the design of equipment that may be used in high vacuum, clean rooms or cryogenic environments. Assigned projects will include design of laser system components (mechanical, opto-mechanical and electro-mechanical), precision instruments, fixtures, vacuum systems and cryogenic systems.


  • Design mechanical systems and components utilizing 3D CAD software.
  • Validate design work with appropriate analysis (stress analysis, tolerance, etc).
  • Generate drawings and other documentation suitable for fabrication.
  • Generate presentation material for design review or peer review.
  • Collaborate with co-workers and scientific staff to provide mechanical designs that meet the requirements of the assigned project.


  • BSME with 0-2 years of experience.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Candidates are invited to apply online at
Please apply to Job Opening ID 204216.

Posted on 2 October 2017


The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester is seeking a B.S. level individual in Optics, Physics or Electrical Engineering to join the Laser Technology Development group. The successful candidate will be responsible for development related to fielding state-of-the-art ultrafast laser systems. Relevant experience is required in the development and operation of optical systems, solid-state lasers, and laser diagnostics. Strong computer skills in optical and laser design are required. The ideal candidate should have a broad knowledge of optical physics, and needs to be able to work as part of a team and manage multiple priorities.

Candidates are invited to apply online at
Please apply to Job Opening ID 204605.

Posted on 25 October 2017


OMEGA Facility



The Theoretical Division seeks a plasma physicist to lead a growing team of scientists in the Plasma group. This team is currently comprised of six Ph.D. scientists carrying out research in areas of laser-plasma interaction physics relevant to inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and high energy density physics (HEDP), with an emphasis on the mitigation of laser plasma instabilities (LPI) in direct-drive ICF. The candidate would be expected to continue the development of numerical simulation tools for direct-drive ICF, be engaged and contribute to the growth of high performance computing (HPC) at LLE, and collaborate closely with the experimental Plasma Physics group. Such collaborations will involve the design and interpretation of experiments on the Omega Laser Facility and other national facilities such as the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Preference will be given to candidates possessing an excellent record of publication in high impact peer reviewed journals and previous management experience. A Ph.D. in physics or a closely related area is required.

In addition to the special instructions to the right under “Staff Scientist Positions,” candidates must apply online at
Please apply to Job Opening ID 200764.

Posted on 7 April 2017

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