Senior Electrical Engineer - Digital

Job description

About nLIGHT

nLIGHT is a rapidly growing vertically integrated supplier of high-performance lasers and laser-based systems that enable innovation in multiple applications including materials processing, microelectronics, and defense as well as emerging applications in entertainment, logistics, and robotics. nLIGHT develops and manufactures fiber lasers based on industry-leading semiconductor laser and optical fiber technology as well as laser-based optical systems integrating optomechanical and system-level engineering innovations. nLIGHT is headquartered in Camas, Washington with additional sites in North America, Europe, and Asia. We're committed to working together to deliver breakthrough solutions that help our customers innovate and grow.

Job Description

The Senior Electrical Engineer will be responsible for the electrical architecture, design, analysis, and schematics for a high-resolution imaging system. This work includes an image sensor interface, communications protocols between boards and components, interfaces to processing electronics such as an FPGA or ISP, and output data protocols and interfaces. Implementation of several high precision timing circuits will also be required. Proficiency in high-speed digital design for a mixed-signal system is required. Electronics integration and system miniaturization are key directions for our product efforts. The role is expected to lead, guide, and grow the electrical engineering team and establish appropriate processes and culture.


  • Primary engineer for all digital electrical circuits in camera. Working with other engineers and scientists, develop digital electronics architecture for a camera product from requirements and data from existing prototypes that is high performance, reliable, and cost-effective
  • Supervise work done by outside vendors and fabricators to ensure high quality electrical boards
  • Produce schematics for electrical circuitry with performance analysis and when appropriate create the accompanying board layouts. Review layouts done by others
  • Primary engineer responsible for testing performance of the electronic subsystems, including developing test setups and procedures to verify performance specifications are met
  • Comply with nLIGHT engineering practices and procedures
  • As appropriate, participate in design reviews and cross-discipline engineering panels

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum BS electrical engineering, computer engineering, or similar discipline, MS preferred
  • Minimum 7 years' experience in high-speed digital electronic design
  • Demonstrated experience to bring effective designs to product
  • Strong understanding of clock control and high precision timing circuitry
  • Broad knowledge of embedded control systems, microcontrollers as well as high performance processing devices such as FPGAs
  • Proficient in VHDL (preferred) or other HDL
  • Strong understanding of industrial design standards and environmental requirements
  • Demonstrated problem solving abilities in complex situations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for customer communication and technical presentations
  • Able to form a key part of interdisciplinary teams and contribute to the company culture
  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple concurrent project schedules with critical technical deliverables

Preferred Qualifications

  • Expertise in digital cameras and imaging sensors, including hardware and software interfaces
  • Experience in writing scripts for board testing (eg, Python, Labview)
  • Experience with an ECAD tool for schematic capture and PCB layout (Altium Designer preferred)

nLIGHT is proud to offer comprehensive COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

Salary, level based on experience, education and skills:

  • Senior Electrical Engineer: $95,000 – $125,000
  • Principal Electrical Engineer: $120,000 - $145,000

Other Compensation and Benefits:

  • Target Cash Bonus of 5% of your wages
  • Eligible for Restricted Stock Unit grants
  • 3 weeks of Paid Time Off per year, increasing by 1 day each year up to 4 weeks
  • 9 paid holidays
  • Eligible for health benefits on the 1st day of the month following start date
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Benefits including Prescription and Orthodontia with employee-paid premiums as low as $37.00 per pay period
  • Flexible Spending and Health Spending Accounts
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • 401(k) with company match and immediate vesting  
  • Company paid Short-Term and Long-Term Disability, and Life & AD&D Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Aflac Supplemental Insurance
  • Paid Bereavement Leave and Jury Duty
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Pet Insurance

nLIGHT is subject to US Export Control regulations.  To qualify for this position, a Foreign Person (that is, not a US Citizen or legal Permanent Resident) must be eligible for a deemed export license under the US Department of Commerce and/or the US Department of State.


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