2021-02-18T20:42:41-05:00 X, The Moonshot Factory
Photonics Engineer
Hardware Engineering
Mountain View, CA

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About the team:

We are exploring automated design for electromagnetic devices. This capability could enable applications ranging from integrated photonics to metasurfaces, and requires technical developments in ultra-large-scale simulators, novel optimization schemes, and prototyping/fabrication capabilities.

 

About the role:

The position seeks highly-motivated, flexible individuals that enjoy working in a small, dynamic interdisciplinary team environment who have a passion for solving challenging problems that can lead to high-impact advances in technology and a high tolerance for risk.

 

How you will make an impact:

  • Own our silicon photonic component tapeout workflow including: 
    • Layout design: Build layouts to fabricate our custom designs including PDK components, test structures and PCMs to extract fabrication data. 
    • Verification: Verify custom design performance using third-party (Meep, Lumerical, etc.) and our own custom-developed tools to model the performance of silicon photonic components.
    • Foundry & measurement labs: Work with fabrication vendors (foundries or research fabs) and measurement labs to build chips and measure their performance.
    • Result analysis: Compare the results of the simulation and experimental data to improve our future device designs. 
  • Inform and develop computational fabrication models (including variability) by:
    • Designing and characterizing physical test structures in the layouts
    • Analyzing and translating fabrication SPC data from the layouts
    • Identifying the most relevant approaches in the literature.
  • Using your knowledge of the photonics domain, identify and explore additional high-value targets for our design efforts. Work with the design team to make them a reality. Contribute to the expansion of our IP portfolio through patent filling
  • Using your knowledge of the photonics domain, identify and explore additional high-value foundry vendors to partner with. Work with the partnerships team to make it  reality.
  • Work with software engineers to guide:
    • Development of computational fabrication models in our design process
    • Development of new simulation/optimization tools and capabilities
    • Workflow automation efforts

 

What you should have:

  • Proven record of Python programming experience.
  • MSc. or PhD. in physics, electrical engineering, mathematics, computer science, artificial intelligence or related field.
  • 4 years of tapeout experience related to design, fabrication, and testing of integrated photonic components. Worked in more than 3 tapeouts.
  • Good understanding of CMOS manufacturing process steps and constraints on the design of photonic devices

 

It would be great if you also had these:

  • Experience developing photonics fabrication and testing capability from the ground up.
  • Experience in bringing a photonics product from conception to mass production stage.
  • Strong background in optoelectronic device physics, as it relates to lasers, waveguides, modulators, nonlinear optics, etc.
  • Strong software skills, with experience scripting and automating commercial, open source, and custom-developed software tools.
  • Startup, skunkworks, or other entrepreneurial experience. Experience seeking out and pivoting based on new market or engineering information. 
  • Proven record of contributions to open source packages for graphics, layout, simulations, HPC

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