VP Engineering

Wasatch Photonics is seeking a VP of Engineering to oversee development, transfer to manufacture and support of our next-generation VPH Gratings, Raman, spectroscopy and optical coherence tomography (OCT) solutions. As a company, we work with leading researchers developing new scientific techniques to revolutionize healthcare, security, food security, materials development & processing, and environmental monitoring.

As head of engineering, you will lead and grow a team of electrical, mechanical, optical and software engineers in interdisciplinary system design projects spanning prototype, first article characterization and volume production for both standard product lines and OEM design wins. This role of technical leadership is ideal for an innovative, motivated individual with a passion for new product design, as it offers the opportunity to interface with industry leaders in the creation of detection solutions for next-generation commercial products across a wide range of application areas.

Wasatch Photonics has long been known for its superior optical designs for spectroscopy and OCT, drawing upon our own high efficiency holographic gratings. We offer a fast-paced development environment, a variety of interesting & overlapping projects, and a positive collaborative atmosphere where you will learn about the physics, optics and chemistry underlying our spectroscopy and optical coherence tomography technology. We are here to build upon one another’s talents and succeed as a team.

If this sounds like the kind of challenge and environment that brings out the best in you, then the best of us would like to meet you!

Location: The position is located in Morrisville, North Carolina (Research Triangle Park area). Regular travel to our other facilities in Logan, UT and Orlando, FL will be required. Occasional domestic and international travel for customer visits may be required.

We take COVID-19 seriously! The safety of our employees and customers is paramount, particularly during these times. We practice social distancing, mask-wearing, use of hand sanitizer, and perform enhanced cleaning of common areas to facilitate a safe & healthy environment for our on-site staff. Employees with duties at our plants are on a rotating schedule to keep building occupancy low and undergo temperature screening daily, while many others are working remotely.

What We Offer

We know that the best people look for more than just a job. We aim to inspire you with common goals, shared vision, and an environment where you can grow and lead a balanced life – long term. Here are a few of the benefits that make a position with us different:

  • Work with and learn from celebrated scientists in the field of spectroscopy, OCT, and holographic gratings.
  • Flexibility and compassion in your schedule when you need it.
  • Share in the profits of the business.
  • ‘Small company culture’: very little red tape to get in the way of great ideas.
  • Planned career development opportunities.

Primary Job Responsibilities

As head of Engineering, the position will be responsible for meeting committed deadlines and achieving technical performance metrics on development of all Wasatch’s core grating, spectroscopy and OCT products and OEM customer systems.

Within Engineering, the position will include functional team management, hiring, and the professional development of staff. The position will own the configuration management and release process for completed optical designs, mechanical parts and drawings, electrical schematics and layouts, and firmware and software artifacts. This function will be responsible for all aspects of engineering project management – deliverables, timelines, costs, and outcomes. Wasatch Photonics’ business includes both standard products for sale to end users in research, as well as an active and growing OEM business component. As such, the candidate will be required to balance both long-term, internal goals with the rapid pace of OEM development projects.

The successful candidate will have jurisdiction over all WP engineering and as such will lead VPH grating engineering projects for both internal and external customers.

In addition, the position will be responsible for manufacturing engineering and hence, the transition of new products and grating designs to Operations. Working closely with Operations, the lead engineering position should ensure products are designed for efficient production, assembly, alignment, calibration, and QC, recommending tools and procedures as appropriate.  The position will also work closely with Marketing and Sales proposal teams to review and approve customer requirements, manpower estimates and development schedules.

Required Experience

Top candidates will have degrees in engineering, optics or the sciences and demonstrated experience in team leadership or management. Priority will be given to candidates with specific expertise in electronics, optical systems or spectroscopy. Experience with management of OEM product development projects is a plus.

Education / Skills

  • BS/MS or higher in EE, ME, Optics or relevant fields.
  • Proven leadership role in new product development for commercial or scientific products.
  • Strong communication skills and positive attitude to work with interdisciplinary teams across the company with a focus on customer success.
  • Interest and willingness to “dive deep” into the photonics world of gratings, detectors, lasers and optics.

About Wasatch Photonics

We are a fast-growing company with several market-leading products with optics at its core. Key product areas from Wasatch Photonics include Raman Spectroscopy, Optical Coherence Tomography, Hyperspectral Imaging, Volume Phase Holographic Gratings, and Diffractive Optics. The Company is an ideal place for energetic and innovative individuals looking to grow a developing company with exceptional products in a fast-paced startup driven environment. Wasatch Photonics provides a collaborative and cordial environment, and sees the growth and development of its team members as integral for its success.

We are looking to expand our teams to support our continuing market expansion. If you enjoy working in a dynamic, growth driven environment with the latest technology – then we look forward to hearing from you and discussing what we might achieve together!