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Group Leader - EO Device Technologies

Malibu, CA, USA Req #213
Saturday, February 8, 2020

Located in Malibu, California, HRL has been on the leading edge of technology, conducting pioneering research and advancing the state of the art.

EDUCATION DESIRED: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Materials Science, or related scientific discipline

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: The Electro-Optical (EO) Device Technologies Group of the Sensor and Electronics Lab at HRL Laboratories is a highly talented team of scientists and engineers performing pioneering work on advanced materials and device technologies for commercial and government applications in an innovative research and development environment. We seek a self-motivated scientist / engineer with strong communication and leadership skills to serve as the Group Leader (first line manager) for the EO device team. The role consists of roughly 25% management and 75% technical contributions. Line management duties include managing resources (e.g. allocating team personnel to projects), talent acquisition (e.g. recruiting), performance management through informal and formal feedback, and additional department-wide, lab-wide, and company-wide assignments (e.g. business development and planning for capital investments), as well as providing critical feedback to staff. Technical contributions (through direct technical work and/or technical project leadership) should be aligned with the skills and capabilities of the team in the areas of integrated photonic research, EO device design and fabrication, test and modeling and/or advanced materials for photonic applications. The position will also involve collaboration with senior management to develop lab-wide strategy in these areas. Technical and managerial duties require the candidate to present details of work to colleagues and customers, create and manage work plans to meet or exceed schedule deadlines, and provide written and oral summaries of work performed as needed (e.g. for reports).

EXPERIENCE DESIRED: At least 2 years of experience in a role involving leadership of highly trained technical staff. Demonstrated experience with successful resource allocation and management of technical projects. More than 7 years of experience in one or more of the technical areas outlined above, preferably in a research and development environment. Hands-on experience with 1) integrated photonic device development for Lidar and other chip scale photonic systems. 2) EO materials and device technology development and 3) novel photonic devices for quantum sensing and communication – candidates with exceptionally strong experience in these areas will be considered. Hands on experience in process development and device fabrication on various optical platforms including Si, III-V and other novel materials is essential. Experience with epitaxial materials growth and/or device modeling is a plus. Experience with developing low loss photonic platform and III-V active device is a plus. Direct experience with working with state of art photonic foundry is a plus. Must have authored scientific publications and given technical presentations. Experience with proposal writing and program management is desired.

KNOWLEDGE DESIRED: In-depth knowledge of EO advanced materials, device design, and fabrication is desired. In-depth knowledge of active passive photonic component integration through various platform including Si, III-V(InP/GaAs), SiC, LiNbO is desired. Solid understanding of IIIV active photonic devices is a plus. In-depth knowledge of nonlinear optics and quantum photonic is a plus. In-depth knowledge of semiconductor device physics, including the ability to relate basic material and physical characteristics to device performance, is essential. Strong desire to learn new technologies and flexibility to change from one project to another quickly. Strong technical writing, proposal, presentation, and general communication skills are desired.

ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Proficiency in use of computers, complex electronic equipment, oral and written communication, interaction with vendors/colleagues and willingness to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Ability to work well in a team and independently. Must be sufficiently mobile to work within confined spaces and have both visual and hearing acuity. Must be able to occasionally work in a cleanroom environment.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (e.g. driver’s license, special tools or restrictions): U.S. citizenship is required. Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance is a plus.

This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a "U.S. Person" as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required. "U.S. Person" includes U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee.

HRL offers a very competitive compensation and benefits package. Our benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401K match, gym facilities, PTO, growth potential, and an exciting and challenging work environment.
HRL Laboratories is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in recruiting, hiring, training or promoting, on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, medical condition, U.S. military or protected veteran status, union membership, or political affiliation. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

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  • Pay Type Salary
  • Malibu, CA, USA