Product Engineer- Fiber Optics

Newark, CA, US

Job Description / Skills Required

About the Company
Headquartered in Newark, California, Kaiam Corporation is a private company developing products based on hybrid photonic integrated circuits (PIC’s). These circuits are used in high bandwidth optical transceivers that transmit and receive multiple wavelengths of light in fiber optic networks. The company’s products are used in high-end routers and communications gear that power the backbone of datacenters or longer distance telecommunications. With R&D facilities in Newark, California, and volume production outside of Edinburgh in the UK, the company’s products are used internationally by tier 1 system integrators and data centers. Founded by leading technologists from the optical networking industry, the team has a record of delivering breakthrough approaches that change the rules of the marketplace. It is currently working with multiple partners to deliver PIC based products for various applications. For more information, visit
About the Position:
As the Product Engineer you will be responsible for the following:
Hands on working knowledge of optoelectronic components and modules. Understand the properties of various types of lasers and photodiodes. Ability to understand and optimize specifications from device level to OSA and module level.
Experience with optical transceivers, parallel optics, VCSEL array, RF, and analog/digital circuit is a plus.
Work on products in one or more transceiver form factors use in data and telecomm applications.
Assist in the development of test software and testing automation.
Automation development of the optoelectronic device setup and the testing verification of optical/electrical parameters based on product and design specifications.
Reading and interpreting complex engineering data sheets and specifications. Gap analysis between customer and internal specifications. Analyze the impact of changes to production specification whether they are electrical, optical, or mechanical.
Analyze yield data and identify root cause of failures whether they are a result of design, process, materials, or test repeatability.
Interface closely with design engineers during product development to understand the design and help to produce alpha/beta customer samples from the pilot line.
Concurrently, work extensively with software and hardware engineers to develop the test process and test systems used to test the optical modules once released into production.
Interface with sales and product marketing teams to ensure accurate product customization
Developing and transferring products into high volume offshore manufacturing. Interact often with offshore manufacturing facilities both as a part of transfer activities and helping to drive ongoing cost/yield improvements.

Minimum Requirements
B.S. in EE or equivalent with at least 5 years of relevant working experielnce
Experience in developing and transferring products into high volume manufacturing
Basic troubleshooting skills
Knowledge of optical components and instruments, optical metrology and measurement equipment.
Excellent understanding of mechanical, thermal, electrical, and optical designs and components, and their interactions as a system to meet transceiver system performance requirements.

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