PIC Designer Opening in Keysight Labs

Keysight Technologies

The PIC Designer position with Keysight Labs was created because the company views photonic integrated circuits as an important emerging technology—both in terms of its impact on the markets and because of its potentially revolutionary impact on measurement solutions.  This is a special position for a number of reasons:

  1. It offers a great environment for technical and professional growth.
  2. Keysight labs expects to cultivate academic contacts through collaborations, journal publications, etc.
  3. The position calls for guidance and leadership in identifying the most impactful technology applications of PICs—and in identifying the most compelling measurement opportunities.
  4. If the research is successful, the concepts and designs developed by the researcher can become commercialized in Kesight’s next-generation instruments.

The position is a “campus hire” position and is aimed at new Ph.D. or post-docs who are within 18 months of leaving the academic setting.

Apply with Keysight Labs Online
email Dr. Greg VanWiggeren


The successful candidate will possess a deep theoretical understanding as well as strong practical skills in the area of photonic integrated circuits (PICs).  As this is an applied research position, the successful candidate will have demonstrated a willingness to delve deeply into challenging problems and an ability to propose, develop, and implement innovative yet practical solutions.  The job will require design and development of PICs with a variety of functionalities and with a variety of applications.

Job Requirements:

  • Ph.D.
  • Strong Familiarity with
    • Design tools for PICs
    • Foundry options for PICs
    • Relevant optical material systems
    • Optical system simulation tools
    • Optical design fundamentals
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team of peers

Other valuable skills:

  • Microwave-photonics research experience
  • Hands-on experience with test and measurement instrumentation
  • Noise and signal analysis experience

Job Description

Join an extremely talented and multi-disciplinary team uniquely chartered with inventing and developing breakthrough electronic measurement technologies for Keysight Technologies (formerly the world-leading electronic measurement businesses of Agilent Technologies).  As a member of Keysight Labs, the central research organization, you’ll work with a team of experts in fields ranging from photonics and microwaves to FPGA design and software engineering.  You’ll see the results of your research in, for example, the latest next-generation high-speed oscilloscopes, optical spectrum analyzers, and even future instruments to be defined by you.

Team members are typically assigned to one of a handful of applied research projects in our research portfolio—each aimed at providing breakthrough technologies for Keysight.  These projects can be self-initiated by staff (perhaps you!) or by request from Keysight’s business units.  Our role in the central research laboratory is to develop and validate these technologies and, if they prove successful, to assist in their commercialization by Keysight’s businesses.

As a member of the team, your expertise will be applied in a variety of ways and on a variety of projects.  You’ll be asked to:

  • Identify PIC technology trends and how they can best be harnessed for Keysight
  • Invent new PIC-based measurement concepts with the potential to significantly impact Keysight’s businesses
  • Implement these innovative concepts in actual hardware and software to prove feasibility
  • Work with Keysight’s businesses to transfer the technology into commercial products.

Keyisght recognizes the key role that PICs will play in its future test and measurement portfolio.  The integration and cost-advantages provided by PICs will bring new capabilities to optical measurement products of the future.  Their potential impact also extends into Keysight’s industry-leading electronic measurement portfolio, in which PICs of the future will enable revolutionary new capabilities.  With your skills and experience and a position in Keysight Labs, you will play a leading role in contributing to that revolution.

To foster innovation, this position requires close collaboration with other team members.  Consequently, this job must be performed from our offices in Santa Clara, California.

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