Laser Development and Engineering


Position Summary: The successful candidate will be challenged by a wide range of technologies employed on the fusion class OMEGA and OMEGA EP laser systems as well as collaboration with National Laboratories. These laser systems often demand designs that are high-precision, high-stability, and function in a class 100 cleanroom at either air or at vacuum. Design areas include laser system components, scientific diagnostic instruments, vacuum systems and cryogenic systems. The successful candidate must have a minimum of a BS in mechanical engineering and a minimum of 10 years of mechanical design experience.

The job requires creative design with experimental and analytical approaches applied to research projects. The candidate must be able to work independently as well as function in a team environment interacting with leading fusion energy, nuclear, and plasma physics scientists.

Essential experience for this position includes:

  • Extensive experience with machine or instrument design
  • Practical knowledge of manufacturing processes (machining, welding, sheet metal, etc.)
  • Analysis skills including the ability to perform stress analysis of structures and bolted connections
  • Proficiency with 3-D CAD modeling including the generation of detailed drawings (Siemens NX preferred)
  • Generate design and requirements documentation

Desired experience for this position includes:

  • Opto-mechanical design
  • Electro-mechanical design
  • High vacuum and cryogenic systems
  • Kinematic constraint design (Exact Constraint)
  • Tolerance analysis
  • Finite element analysis (FEA, ANSYS preferred)
  • Proficiency in the detailing of drawings with the use of GD&T per ASME Y14.5M-2009
  • Vibration testing and analysis (Siemens LMS preferred)
  • Instrumentation and data acquisition
  • Design troubleshooting, testing, and qualification
  • Project management

Candidates are invited to apply online at
Please apply to Job Opening ID 195403.

Posted on 19 May 2016


Position Summary: The Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester is seeking a senior level mechanical design engineer to join the mechanical engineering group. This engineer will design and engineer equipment used in support of laboratory research in the fields of high energy physics, optics, lasers and materials.

Typical projects involve the design of equipment that may be used in high vacuum, clean rooms or cryogenic environments. Assigned projects will include design of laser system components (mechanical, opto-mechanical and electro-mechanical), precision instruments, fixtures, vacuum systems and cryogenic systems.


  • Design mechanical systems and components utilizing 3D CAD software.
  • Validate design work with appropriate analysis (stress analysis, tolerance, etc).
  • Generate drawings and other documentation suitable for fabrication.
  • Generate presentation material for design review or peer review.
  • Collaborate with co-workers and scientific staff to provide mechanical designs that meet the requirements of the assigned project.


  • BSME with 7 years of hands-on experience with equipment design.
  • Experience with metal fabrication processes.
  • 7 years of experience with 3D modeling and drafting using Siemens NX or equivalent.
  • Experience generating production mechanical drawings.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience using FEA software (ANSYS preferred).
  • Experience with vacuum systems and design of components used in high vacuum environments.
  • Experience with design of components that require precision cleaning and with design of mechanical systems used in cleanroom environments.
  • Experience following a formal design/development process.
  • Experience with design of opto-mechanical systems and components.
  • Solid understanding of precision mechanics and principles of kinematic constraint.

Candidates are invited to apply online at
Please apply to Job Opening ID 195214.

Posted on 30 November 2016


The Optics and Imaging Sciences Group seeks an engineer to support optics design, testing, prototyping, and procurement. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work independently and communicate clearly, both in writing and orally, to function in support of scientists and engineers within LLE. The candidate must have experience in optics design and prototype testing with a strong aptitude for mechanical engineering and computer-based imaging. The person must possess competency with at least one optics design program and one CAD program. BS or MS in physics or engineering (or a degree in other technical fields such as optics, chemistry, etc.) is required.

Candidates are invited to apply online at
Please apply to Job Opening ID 188322.
Posted on 25 March 2015


The Target Production Group at the University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics has a position open for an entry level laboratory engineer. The position requires the ability to simultaneously manage multiple experiments. The candidate will be the liaison between the scientific staff and target assembly team. Background using stereo and compound microscopes and metrology equipment is a plus. The successful candidate will have a four year degree in science or engineering disciplines.

Candidates are invited to apply online at
Please apply to Job Opening ID 198863.

Posted on 15 December 2016

OMEGA Facility

The University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics is seeking a Ph.D. level individual in Optics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, or Engineering Physics to join the System Science team charged with characterizing and optimizing the performance of the world-class Omega and Omega-EP laser facilities. Omega is a 60-beam solid-state laser system capable of delivering 30kJ, nanosecond, UV pulses to a target. Omega EP is a short-pulse laser system capable of delivering up to 1PW intensities (700J in 700fs). Candidates must have performed experimental research in optical systems, preferably solid-state laser systems or laser-based optical systems. A comprehensive knowledge of optical physics and the ability to develop computer-based data analysis tools are required. The ideal candidate should have good engineering skills and should be a motivated self-starter who can manage multiple projects and priorities within a fast paced dynamic production environment. The System Science group interacts on a daily basis with a wide variety of technicians, engineers, scientists, and, most importantly, customers and thus excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and a demonstrated ability to be effective in a team environment are mandatory. U.S. citizenship is desirable but not required.

In addition to the special instructions to the right under Staff Scientist Positions, candidates must apply online at
Please apply to Job Opening ID 192660.
Posted on 13 April 2015



The Theoretical Division seeks a computational/theoretical physicist to carry out rigorous and high-impact researches in high-energy-density science important to both ICF and basic science. Close collaborations between HED theorists and experimentalists are being actively pursued at Laboratory for Laser Energetics. The successful candidate needs to have a demonstrated track record of using state-of-the-art methods, such as density-functional theory (DFT), path-integral Monte-Carlo (PIMC), quantum Monte-Carlo (QMC), and time-dependent density-functional theory (TDDFT), to understanding the properties of matter under extreme conditions. In particular, successful candidates are encouraged to explore new directions in HED science. Experience with dense plasmas modeling, as well as good interpersonal skills, the willingness to work in a team, and the ability to communicate well in writing are desirable. A Ph.D. in atomic and molecular physics, solid state physics, plasma physics, or a related area is required.

In addition to the special instructions to the right under “Supplemental Information for Staff Scientist Positions,” candidates must apply online at
Please apply to Job Opening ID 198384.

Posted on 4 November 2016

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