Development engineer for machine development for the integration of micro­-optical components (m/f/d)

FULL TIME, IN JENA Partly mobile working is possible depending on circumstances of upcoming tasks

We, the FabuLens GmbH, are a subsidiary of the Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovations (SPRIND). SPRIND aims to create new disruptive innovations in Germany. This particularly means products, services, and systems that noticeably and sustainably improve all our lives. To achieve this, SPRIND brings together innovative thinkers from science and business, people with outstanding ideas, special expertise, and passion.
FabuLens aims to revolutionize the high-volume production of small polymer lenses, for example for smartphone camera modules, combining the advantages of optical precision injection molding and so-called wafer-level optics (WLO), which is inspired by semiconductor production. The goal is to enable profitable production in Germany, while at the same time reducing energy and resource consumption and the associated reduction in CO2 emissions.

By joining FabuLens, your tasks will be

  • Work as part of an interdisciplinary team for holistic process and machine development from idea to pilot line production.
  • Conceptual design, construction, implementation, commissioning, testing and pilot-scale usage of novel systems and equipment for highly automated and parallelized manufacturing of miniaturized polymer optical components for high-volume markets
  • Focus on mechanical design & equipment automation (software/hardware)
  • Specification/documentation of requirements, implementation plans and results, interdisciplinary cooperation to achieve the optimal technology chain or overall process as well as with external suppliers and development partners

How you convince us:

  • Successfully completed technical or scientific university degree (PhD/MS/BS), e.g. in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, precision engineering, optical technologies, automation engineering, physics, physical engineering, materials science or equivalent.
  • Experience in the development and use of manufacturing, integration, and characterization solutions for optical components for high volume applications
  • Familiarity with optical, electrical, mechanical, and software aspects of device and system development, ideally for miniaturized optical components and their operations
  • Ideally, background in wafer-level optics, optical injection molding, and/or packaging and interconnect technology
  • Experience in managing suppliers and development partners
  • Strong communication skills with emphasis on specification writing, development planning, and analysis/reporting of results
  • Analytical and conceptual thinking
  • Enjoy working as part of a team and in an interface intensive role combined with an independent way of working

We offer:

  • A dynamic and future-oriented company at the interface between science and application in a highly innovative area of activity in the optical industry
  • A highly motivated, interdisciplinary team in a deep tech environment
  • Attractive flextime arrangement
  • Various opportunities for professional and personal development
  • Active participation in building an innovative company with high growth potential
  • High level of personal responsibility and flat hierarchies
  • Compensation is based on experience and your particular responsibilities in this position

The aim is to fill the position on a temporary basis until the end of the FabuLens GmbH project period (03/2028). Additional employment at the Innovator-GmbH, mcd - modern camera designs GmbH, Jena, is planned.

Would you like to develop the technology for the future of producing small high-end imaging optics?

If you’re interested in this job Sina Waitz looks forward to receiving your application using reference number 06 at

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