Application Engineer – Sensor Hardware

Job ID: AESH04272022


The photon is our business!  Explore the many ways that the world can use the photon and work on the cutting edge of photonics. If you are looking for an exciting opportunity with never the dull moment, read on. 


Hamamatsu, one of the world's largest suppliers of advanced light detectors and detector systems for industrial, scientific, and commercial applications, has an immediate opening for an Application Engineer – Sensor Hardware, based out of our Bridgewater, NJ and San Jose, CA locations. Our customer base is remarkably diverse; we serve Fortune 100 firms, top research labs, and innovative startups as well. Hamamatsu's mission is to improve the welfare of society through the advancement of photonics technology.


What is the job?

As an applications engineer, you will learn the ins and outs of detection and light source generation as well as the applications that use it. This entry-level position is aimed to give candidates from across multiple disciplines an introduction to photonics, electronics, optics and Hamamatsu technology. You will also be learning the techniques used for cutting-edge research, medical, industrial and commercial endeavors. As you learn, you will support research and academic customers in North America while training on the culture, technology and products. This entry-level position gives you the background and foundation to move and grow into any department within Hamamatsu whether it be technically focused, marketing focused or sales focused. Our culture promotes a team environment with ample opportunity to learn from and work with senior staff.


Who are we looking for?

We are calling all engineers (electrical, mechanical, optical, etc.), physicists, biologists, chemists, microscopists and optics related majors to apply!  Successful candidates will exhibit proactivity, a thirst for learning new things, a knack for solving complicated problems and skill with instrumentation and reporting in the lab.  Previous customer service experience in a related or unrelated field is desired, but not necessary.  Hamamatsu takes pride in our new hire training program so previous experience in photonics is desired but also not necessary.

Responsibilities include:

  • Training, in class, with a mentor, on your own and in the lab.
  • Fielding requests from universities and early adopters for troubleshooting and product selection.
  • Testing of parts from returns or demonstrations to customers.
  • Setting up lab experiments to reproduce customers' scenarios or unique requests.
  • Working with Japan to make customizations and future product roadmaps.

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent
  • Circuit design and PCB layout experience in Altium or other ECAD environment as well as simulation experience in SPICE or other schematic capture software
  • Able to demonstrate experience using standard electronics lab measurement instrumentation including, but not limited to oscilloscopes, function generators, ammeters, digital multimeters
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Self-motivated to pursue solutions in a proactive and creative manner
  • Self-management as demonstrated by good time management and organization
  • Demonstrated ability to complete assigned tasks on time
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
  • Demonstrated follow-through skills
  • Demonstrated technical writing skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to travel 10%, possibly international

Preferred qualifications:

  • Hardware design experience with photonic components
  • Data analysis experience using MATLAB or similar
  • Teaching/mentoring experience
  • Customer service experience


This position requires working with, or exposure to goods and information that may be subject to the jurisdiction of the US State Department ITAR regulations and the Commerce Departments CCL.



Hamamatsu offers a competitive salary and excellent benefit package for full-time employees which includes: Medical, Dental, Vision, Prescription, Life Insurance, Vacation/Sick/Personal Time, and Retirement Plans.

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Hamamatsu is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable law.


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