Opto-Electronic Test Development Engineer at Infinera Corporation
Allentown, PA, US

Infinera is the global supplier of innovative networking solutions. Our customers include the leading service providers, data center operators, internet content providers (ICPs), cable operators, enterprises, and government agencies worldwide, including 9 of the top 10 Tier 1 service providers and 6 of the top 7 ICPs. We design, develop, and deliver hardware and software for fiber-based connectivity solutions that span access, aggregation, metro, long haul, and submarine network. Our industry-leading, trendsetting edge-to-core solutions provide the foundation for many of the world’s largest and most demanding networks that generate billions in service revenue for our customers.

Opto-Electronic Test Development Engineer

Allentown, PA, United States


  • Looking for a Photonic Engineer who also likes to write software
  • Key participant in the Software and Hardware development of equipment used to test opto-electronic devices running at 800 Gb / wave
  • Partner with engineering staff to define and implement detailed testability requirements
  • Develop Test Stations that will eventually be transferred to Production

Ideal Candidate Requirements

Prior Test Engineer Experience

  • Experience testing Optical Line Modules, ACOs, DCOs, or Modules
  • Hands-on experience with optical communication system product development such as coherent optics transceivers & DSP (digital signal processors) a plus
  • Experience in developing test and measurement solutions for electrical and optical components and subsystems
  • Experience with digital and mixed signal IC testing is a plus


  • Hands on experience with optical and electrical test and measurement equipment including programmable optical power meters, attenuators, and switches, optical spectrum analyzers, digital multi-meters and oscilloscopes
  • Candidate should have a good understanding of electronics, be able to read electrical schematics and comprehend technical documents.


  • Programming experience in OO languages is required.  Infinera is using VB.NET software to control custom and commercial test and measurement equipment using USB, GPIB, TCP/IP, and SPI interfaces.  Infinera’s hardware communicates using COM and TCP/IP with embedded software / firmware.
  • Candidate does not need to be a Software Architect but an engineer that can author custom algorithms / sequences by building on the existing infrastructure / hardware
  • Provide software debug information for skilled technicians for fault isolation of complex optical, electrical, and communication problems
  • Participate in improving our shared code repository
  • Proficient in Microsoft Products (PowerPoint, Excel, Word, etc.)
  • Understand basic Statistics.  Experienced with or can learn Gauge R&R and SPC (Statistical Process Control) is a plus, not necessary

Soft Skills

  • Formal or Informal leadership skills:  Ability to mentor & guide
  • Communication – Need to be able to interface with all levels of people from technicians to Vice Presidents in a professional manner
  • Need to be proactive and self-motivating.  Balancing production needs with continuous improvement and development initiatives
  • Be able to work in a collaborative, team environment

Education / Experience

  • MS/PhD with 2+ years’ experience or equivalent required
  • This position is not for new grads

Infinera is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability. EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled.