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Position Summary:
The Lab Programming Assistant will develop an electronic system for the test and verification of silicon photonics devices, comprised of hardware and software. This Engineering, Verificaiton, and Test system will become a part of the Test, Assembly, and Packaging (TAP) facility in support of the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics). Multiple positions are open, including as part-time student workers and as full time co-op workers with Precision Optical Transceivers.

About Future Photon Initiative:
The Future Photon Initiative (FPI) develops photonic devices in pursuit of answers to grand questions, leveraging efforts of existing RIT research groups who develop technology for the generation, transmission, manipulation, absorption, and detection of photons. FPI cross-disciplinary teams collaborate with external university groups, industry, and national laboratories to develop and commercialize new photonic device technology. Potential markets include solar energy, biophotonics, high performance imaging, astrophysics, communication, electronics, and computing. For a full description of the Future Photon Initiative visit

About Precision Optical Transceivers:
Precision Optical Transceivers is a system engineering company focused on optical transceivers and related active/passive optical components. For over a decade, we have helped build networks around the globe by providing high quality, custom-engineered optical solutions. For more information on Precision Optical Transceivers visit

Will only consider third-year, or later, students with a 3.0 GPA or higher. U.S. citizenship is required. To apply, complete application including your resume, unofficial transcript, and three names of professional references through handshake job advertisement. Candidates may also email a resume, unofficial transcript, and three names of professional references to

Essential Tasks:
·       Digital systems design using Verilog or VHDL (DS2 grade B or higher)
·       Writing C and C++ software for Linux and Windows systems (Programming course grade B or higher)
·       Designing software written in Python
·       Developing a project task list based on goals
·       Completing tasks on schedule
·       Testing fabricated parts
·       Designing cables
·       Ordering lab components
·       Assembling components

Non-Essential Tasks:
·       Assisting Lab Engineer as needed.

Qualifications/Special Skills Preferred:
·       High level of personal responsibility
·       Excellent mastery of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
·       Superb email etiquette
·       Excellent verbal communication skills, especially on the phone
·       Ability to assist others
·      A technical background is required, preferably in writing software in Python and C/C++.

Qualifications/Special Skills Preferred:
·       Experience with Python programming and proficiency in software for hardware control
·      Must be proficient in using standard electronic lab equipment: oscilloscope, function generator, multimeter, spectrum analyzer, etc.