R&D Photonics Engineer

About ICON Photonics

ICON Photonics is a technological company offering advanced photonics packaging solutions for
multiple applications such as Optical Transceivers, Quantum Photonics, LiFi, LIDAR and Sensing. ICON
Photonics ambition is to become the global reference suppliers of photonics market leaders with
cutting-edge technologies enabling the next generation optical connectivity. Based on 10-years of
research, ICON Photonics is a spinoff from a CNRS technological Center. The solutions developed by
company tackles the miniaturization, bandwidth and assembly integration challenges of photonics
industries based on an integrated packaging platform using wafer-level microfabrication processes.

ICON Photonics was awarded by the highly selective and prestigious i-Lab innovation competition,
organized by the French Ministry of higher education, research, and innovation. It was particularly
noticeable with one of the ten grand prizes given by a national jury awarding particularly remarkable
projects focusing on one of today’s major societal challenges. The company was also listed among the
100 start-ups where to invest in 2022.

The Role 

The successful candidate will be in charge of the development of optical systems, their modeling, design
and experimental characterization, exploiting original wafer-level micro-optics in a polymer-based
technology. The candidate will also be responsible to develop and implement the packaging and
assembly line, combining the optics with electrical interconnections that must be compliant in different
environment conditions (Telcordia, quantum, space, etc.)

The applications will be oriented toward fiber optics, free space communications and sensing. The
candidate will bring her/his experience in the design, test and packaging of such optical microsystems
developed at the chip/wafer level. The work will be focused on the research and development of ICON
Photonics solutions following a continuous innovation cycle.

Major Responsibilities / Tasks 

  • Design of photonics integrated packaging solutions:
    1. Optical modelling and design of 3D polymer micro-optics technology with different
    optical functionalities such as focusing, collimation and beam shaping/forming;
    2. Design of packaging and assembly lines taken into account the electrical interconnection
    and the mechanical requirements.
  • Optical characterization and testing of the on-chip micro-optics.
  • RF and Microwave characterization of ultra-high-speed optoelectronics and electro-optics
    devices and sub-assemblies
  • Operate reliability tests plans for thermal, microwave, photonics behavior
  • Innovate, develop and maintain original bench setups from R&D to industrial production
  • Create, develop and implement the assembly and packaging of optoelectronic devices into highspeed modules
  • Create, develop and maintain detailed engineering documentation such as qualification plans,
    validation reports, component specifications/drawings, reports, test procedures and work

Major Desired Skills  

  • PhD degree in Photonics or related field
  • Strong knowledge of Optical Microwave, Microelectronics, Optoelectronics. Good
    understanding of electromagnetic propagation, semiconductor lasers, photodetectors, optical
    fiber communications, free space optics and other optoelectronic device theory.
  • The candidate should also possess strong numerical and analytical modeling skills to support
    process, device or system designs in optics, microwaves and mechanics (e.g. RSoft, Zemax,
    COMSOL, Lumerical, CodeV, Matlab, Python, ADS, Cadence, etc.)
  • Familiarity with optical microwaves measurements and laboratory instrumentation.
  • Language : French and English, strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong motivational and self-learning skills
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and related skills
  • First experience

We offer

  • Become a R&D photonics engineer, member of a technological startup building the bridge
  • between research and industry into an international dimension
  • Experience a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment
  • Opportunity to join a dynamic and highly motivated international team
  • Scientific research environment of excellence (CNRS laboratories)

Application details:    

Starting Date: Oct./Nov. 2022 (flexible)
Language: both French and English required (B2 minimum)
Location : ESIEE Paris scientific campus. Paris region – Marne-la-vallée, East side. Connected to
the RER A and upcoming Grand Paris Express
Contacts: Send CV and motivation letter to join-us@icon-photonics.com



ICON Photonics SAS, 2B rue Alfred Nobel, 77420 Champs-sur-Marne, France
www.icon-photonics.com ; join-us@icon-photonics.com