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In parallel with its vocational education program, the Florida Photonics Cluster (FPC) also partners with a network of employers, other clusters, professional societies, resource agencies and search firms to help identify and place skilled photonics expertise where it is needed.  

Members have access to a dynamic pool of qualified candidates, both recent graduates from institutions with concentrated programs in photonics and associated technologies at all levels as well as seasoned professionals seeking a change. They can also post vacancies which will appear on this site as well in our directories.

Job seekers can also look to the FPC as a resource in helping facilitate a move to the next stage in their career or as a means of entering the field of photonics from another field or industry.
Please contact us if you wish to post an opening or are seeking a position.  Positions are posted for 60 days unless a request for continuation is received by the FPC.

  Open Positions  

Current open positions and persons seeking employment are listed below.  Please contact the person or company as shown in each listing.  Please also acknowledge that you found the contact via the Florida Photonics Cluster website.



Engineering and Operations Manager

(Posted on 3/23/2017)

Photon-X has an immediate opening for a dynamic engineering expert in new product design and manufacturing to join their team in Kissimmee Florida. This individual will need to manage a multidisciplinary team of optical, electrical, mechanical and software engineers plus the technicians in a new product development. The engineering and operations manager will also oversee prototype and pilot production of new products as well as a global network of contract manufacturers that produce intermediate assemblies and finished goods. This position requires excellent communications skills as it requires direct interaction with customers, suppliers, global research partners, executives, and engineers at all levels. This position requires above average business acumen, design engineering best practices and manufacturing best practices knowledge.

Photon-X is an imaging systems integrator and member of BRIDG that delivers custom imaging solutions into a variety of high-tech markets. The ideal candidate for the engineering and operations manager will have a master’s degree in electrical, mechanical or optical engineering with no less than 5 years’ experience in design engineering and no, less than 5 years’ experience in a manufacturing environment.

Engineering and Operations Manager Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in (optical, mechanical or electrical) Engineering.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in product development or product R&D.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in manufacturing.
  • Strategic thinking within a framework of overall business health and long-term department level and business level success.
  • Outstanding technical troubleshooting and analysis skills across multiple engineering disciplines.
  • Outstanding communications skills.
  • Experience recruiting, hiring, training and mentoring a multidisciplinary technical staff.
  • Experience leading multidisciplinary technical teams.
  • A high level of organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage 10-20 direct reports including establishing departmental and individual goals.
  • Departmental budget experience and project budget planning experience.

Preferred Skills

  • Phase Gate product development expertise.
  • Design for manufacturing and assembly expertise.
  • Design for Six Sigma expertise.
  • LEAN 6-Sigma Expertise.
  • Knowledge of electronics manufacturing processes.
  • Knowledge of 3D printing and CNC machining processes, their limitations, and cost drivers.
  • Knowledge of final assembly, test and kitting processes.
  • Experience working with contract manufacturers.
  • Industrial engineering experience including statistical process control, process capability, quality control.


LaserStar Technologies

Laser/Optical Engineer

(Posted on 10/23/2017)

The Laser/Optical Engineer will design and develop new laser systems, optical paths and assemblies. The individual will work with and support Customers, Sales, Application Engineering, Engineering and Manufacturing departments.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Develop, Design, Prototype and Test various types of optical systems and laser systems
    (i.e. flash lamp, diode pumped, direct diode, and fiber)
  • Understand and support the application of the company’s laser systems
  • Analyze laser systems, optical systems and components to improve performance and reliability
  • Select and qualify laser and optical components and suppliers and provide supplier support
  • Write technical reports and technical specifications
  • Participate with other engineering team members on the develop of products to ensure efficient production methods, manufacturability, serviceability, reliability and uniformity across product lines


  • Strong hands on experience in optical and laser design
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Experience with mechanical and optical layout tools required
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Be a team player able to work with and support other departments and interact positively with customer and suppliers

To perform this job successfully, the candidate should have education and/or industrial experience in the design, development and manufacturing of laser systems and optics.

BS in Physics, Optics or Laser Engineering.

Valid Drivers License and clean MVR record & BCI record is required.

Must be able to lift and move equipment (lift up to 50 lbs). The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

This position is available at the following LaserStar locations: Corporate Headquarters, Riverside, RI.

Interested candidates should send resume with salary requirements to:



Business Development Director, BRIDG
For full information and to apply, go to https://www.jobswithucf.com/postings/48737

(Posted on 2/17/2017)

About BRIDG – Bridging the Innovation Development Gap

Formerly known as ICAMR-International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research (http://icamr.net/), BRIDG is an industry-led consortium for advanced sensors, optics and photonics and other advanced manufacturing devices, focusing on the development of innovative manufacturable processes, materials and equipment for next-generation smart sensors and other future high-tech products. Supported by Osceola County, the University of Central Florida and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, BRIDG facilitates the connection between innovation and industry and "bridges" the innovation development gap that makes commercialization possible. BRIDG is initially targeting the mega-growth technologies that will lead to over 50 billion smart sensors and imagers predicted by 2020, transforming the way humans interact with the world every day.

State Title: Director, Research Prog/Svcs

Reports directly to Executive Director at BRIDG. The BRIDG Business Development Director will be the lead for membership recruitment and establishing a solid base of industry and government funding. Responsible for engaging industry, establishing memberships, and building industry based revenue via collaborative and private IP programs, and other related services.

Minimum qualifications

Master's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and six years of appropriate experience; or a bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization and eight years of appropriate experience.


Strong interpersonal, written and verbal skills and should have the ability to work with diverse populations. Demonstrates excellent problem-solving skills and critical analyses abilities. Prefer knowledge and experience with UCF policies and procedures.



Sales Representative / Sales Engineer

(Posted on 10/28/2016)

Asphericon is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of aspheric optical components. Established 2001 in Jena, Germany, asphericon has become an independent and acknowledged specialist for aspheres, acylinders, reflectors, freeforms and axicons. More than 600 customers worldwide benefit from asphericon’s broad know-how and use aspherical lenses made by asphericon.
Working at asphericon – meaning a loyal collaboration with a flat hierarchy and plenty of space for your own ideas. Bring your knowledge and your motivation.
Take on responsibility and join the asphericon team and engage in shaping our company. We are constantly growing. Motivated and committed employees are an important part of our company.
To strengthen our sales team in North America, we are seeking a Sales Representative / Sales Engineer:

Your Job:

  • Support all sales activities in North America for our standard and customized components
  • Serving long term asphericon customers and acquiring new customers
  • Representing asphericon on nationwide exhibitions
  • Supporting our customers in technical questions

Our requirements:

  • Associates degree required, Masters degree preferred
  • Technical background is required
  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ Experience in Sales or Sales Support along with an understanding of capital equipment, Manufacturing and engineering processes
  • Strong organizational talent
  • Excellent written & verbal communication required
  • Presentation and demonstration experience desired
  • Must be able to successfully work as a team member
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Additional language knowledge advantageous (German preferred)
  • Willingness to occasionally travel for business


  • Intensive Training will be provided
  • Career advancement opportunities

Location: Sarasota, Florida
Contact information: s.schneider@asphericon.com Ph. 941-564- 0890


Gooch & Housego

Product Manager (Applications Engineer)

(Posted on 10/24/2017)

Job Summary: Manage commercial and technical aspects of a scientific instrumentation product line. Work with clients and product development teams to define and create industry leading imaging, light source, measurement and spectroradiometric instrument solutions for precise and demanding scientific, technical and production applications.

Location: Orlando, FL (Factory) – No relocation funds allocated

Status: Requires US citizenship or permanent residency

Minimum Education Level: Bachelors degree in a technical field and relevant experience

Employment Type: Full Time/Permanent

Position Type: Mid-career

Travel Required: Up to 25% Travel Required

Job Function: Engineering/Sales

Industry/Interest Area(s): Optics, photonics, imaging, spectroradiometery and applications


Reporting directly to the Senior Vice-President, Life Sciences and Instrumentation, this key contributor will work with our potential and existing clients, through direct and indirect channels, to meet their precision light measurement needs with Gooch and Housego’s industry leading solutions and expertise.

As the customer’s point of contact and voice, the candidate must be able to provide applications assistance, product support and sales of Gooch and Housego’s products and services to technical buyers. This includes responding to tenders, RFPs, RFQs, generating contracts, bid proposals and supporting the negotiation and closing sales with our distributors and representatives. The Product Manager is expected to follow up on quotations, drive processing of orders and maintain adequate records to document price quotations, decisions, progress and results of activity. The product manager will also be responsible for defining new products based on market knowledge, creating a marketing specification and working with engineering to drive development and release to market as well as managing custom or OEM product development to meet customer requirements

They will use available resources such as sales leads, literature, samples and demos, telephones, Internet and email, computers and support staff and services to produce the most effective results and exercise strong administrative, organizational and communication skills. In addition, the Product Manager will be responsible for:

  • Organizing workshops and demonstrations.
  • Monitoring daily/monthly orders and provide information in regards to account details.
  • Expansion sales channels to increase market penetration in designated product areas and markets.
  • Attaining maximum sales and appropriate product mix.
  • Uncovering new sales opportunities through cold calling, networking and other proven marketing strategies.
  • Watching for and identifying new markets.
  • Setting and achieving established sales goals.
  • Developing thorough knowledge of all frequently encountered applications and their appropriate solutions for which related products are required.
  • Reporting significant changes or trends in area sales, interpreting customer needs into new product definitions and driving development.
  • Providing feedback on product quality, needs, competition, business trends and unique product applications to management team.
  • Completing any required reports.
  • Maintaining files and records of customer names, orders and locations.
  • Developing strategic marketing plan and coordinate the sales activities in conjunction with Engineering and Operations to achieve stated goals.

Minimum Desired Qualifications:

A Bachelors degree in engineering, physics or equivalent and a minimum of 4 years experience or a graduate degree in engineering, computer science, physics or equivalent and a minimum of 2 years of applicable experience required. Also requires knowledge and experience with precision, light measurement systems. Proficient use of personal computers: Mac, Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc

Must demonstrate the ability to simplify problems, articulate solutions, lead and delegate, have excellent communication skills and be a highly motivated team oriented self-starter.  Travel required up to 30%

Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

Preferred Skills/Experience:

Prior product and/or program management experience and certification. Experience with agile scrum and project management, versioning and related tools (i.e. MS/ Project, Jira, Asana, GitHub, etc…).


Salary will be based upon background and experience. Gooch and Housego offers competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefit package including tuition reimbursement, 401(k) plan and more. Gooch and Housego is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Gooch and Housego (Orlando)
4632 36th Street,
Orlando, FL 32811
Ph: 407-422-3171
Fax: 407-648-5412
Email: careers@goochandhousego.com
Web: http://www.ghinstruments.com/

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