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Candela Corporation R&D Laser Scientist in Marlborough, Massachusetts

R&D Laser Scientist

Requisition Number 2060

Location US - Marlborough, MA

State/Territory Massachusetts

Company profile

Candela is a global company that develops and manufactures aesthetic products, services with three primary global business units focused on hair removal and pigment clearance, vascular, and skin resurfacing products that are sold primarily to plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and medical spas. Candela’s focus is on their customers’ success by building on the strength of Candela’s brands, the technology behind its products, and the company’s high-quality engineering and product development organization.

General Summary

We are seeking an exceptional laser scientist or engineer to help develop new medical laser technologies and applications. This position is part of an R&D group that develops new product concepts and supports their transition to market. Projects involve a broad range of technologies including complex solid-state laser, dye laser, and optical delivery systems. The ideal candidate would have excellent experimental and computer modeling skills in one or more of these areas and an ability to thrive in a fast-paced, but stimulating and collaborative environment. This position provides high visibility for innovative work and an opportunity to initiate and pursue creative and promising new ideas.

Essential Job Functions

  • Develop new medical laser technologies and applications by experimentation and modeling. Design, setup, and conduct laboratory experiments and develop and apply software models to design, characterize, and optimize the performance of new laser systems.

  • Develop and/or characterize critical laser components.

  • Build and test prototypes of new product concepts.

  • Help define project priorities and work aggressively to meet the schedule for project milestones.

  • Summarize results in clearly written reports and presentations. Communicate status of projects and tasks regularly.

  • Prepare documentation and collaborate with engineering team to transfer research design to engineering.

  • Support early-stage clinical trials for new products.

  • Generate and document new IP.

  • Participate in project planning, data reviews, and design reviews.

  • Stay current with developments in academia and industry by reviewing relevant literature and attending conferences. Apply this knowledge base to develop new products and applications.

  • Travel as needed such as supporting prototypes in the field

Education and work experience

  • A Ph.D. degree in science or engineering is preferred. Alternatively, an MS degree with at least 3 years of related experience. >3 years of experience in laser industry is preferred.

  • Hands-on experience with solid-state lasers. Experience with fiber laser is a plus.

  • Broad knowledge base of various laser technologies

  • Hands-on design experience with laser resonator design, short pulse generation (i.e., Q-switched/mode-locking), nonlinear optical techniques, and laser amplifiers

  • Proficient knowledge of laser test equipment and measurement procedures

  • Experienced using software for data analysis and modeling of optical, thermal, or laser device physics or interaction with tissue. Examples include Mathematica, MatLab, Mathcad, Zemax, Paraxia, COMSOL, Python, Lascad, and ASLD.

  • Basic knowledge of digital and analog electronics.

  • Experience with developing software for data acquisition and hardware control using LabView, Visual Basic, Delphi, Python, or equivalents is a plus.

  • Experience developing medical laser devices is preferred

  • High level of motivation, self-organization, multi-tasking, and analytical skills. A sense of urgency in driving projects and a desire to set ambitious goals.

  • An interest and curiosity for biomedicine and biomedical applications.

  • Basic knowledge of project management

  • Superior problem-solving skills and good verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to work effectively with coworkers and others by sharing ideas in a constructive, positive manner; listening to and objectively considering ideas and suggestions from others; keeping commitments

Please note: This job description is not all-inclusive, but rather is intended to capture the majority of the job functions.