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Future Photon Initiative Lab Programming Assistant

The Future Photon Initiative Lab Programming Assistant will aid in development of software and electronics systems for test and verification of silicon photonics devices in association with the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics). The Lab assistant may also assist Future Photon Initiative and Center for Detectors personnel by performing general lab tasks, e.g. engineering, cabling, soldering.

The Future Photon Initiative (FPI) works to develop new 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 teams influence their activities by collaborating with business and innovation affiliates to commercialize new products. For a full description of the Future Photon Initiative visit The Center for Detectors designs, develops, and implements new advanced sensor technologies through partnership with academic researchers, industry engineers, government scientists, and university/college students. Currently, the Center has approximately a dozen funded projects funded by a range of sponsors, including NASA and NSF. The detectors that are being developed in the Center cover an immense range of diverse applications, including astrophysics, biomedical imaging, Earth system science, and inter-planetary space travel.

Will only consider third-year, or later, students with a 3.0 GPA or higher. U.S. citizenship is required. To apply, email a resume, unofficial transcript, and three names of professional references to

Essential Tasks:
Designing software written in Python, developing a project task list based on goals, completing tasks on schedule, designing electronic board layouts, soldering circuits, designing cables, writing C++ software for Linux and Windows systems, ordering lab components, assembling components, testing fabricated parts.

Non-essential tasks:
Assisting Lab Engineer as needed

Qualifications/Special Skills Required:
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.