Careers

We are looking for talented, creative and ambitious individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit to reinforce our development and service delivery team.

From our headquarters in Karlsruhe, Germany, Vanguard Automation has set out to revolutionize photonics packaging and integration. We offer machines and processes for automated multi-chip assembly by leveraging 3D nano-print technology. Our portfolio covers the entire range from small-scale prototyping to fully automated solutions for manufacturing. Built upon an internationally unique technology and IP portfolio as well as nearly two decades of experience in industrial automation through our partner companies, our growing customer base is inherently global. At the core our team at Vanguard Automation comprises experts in photonics, material science, high-precision opto-mechanics, software development, and automation engineering.

Our offer

By joining Vanguard Automation you will experience a versatile and challenging environment of a young and expanding high-tech company with the opportunity to directly contribute to innovation and growth. Our culture encompasses a flat hierarchy, constant respect for people, initiative, and a commitment to innovation and continuous improvement. We offer market-competitive compensation, a variable bonus based upon the company’s performance, and flexible worktime.

Please apply to the concrete positions as listed below to jobs@vanguard-automation.com.

Actual job offers
Microtechnologist (m/f/d) | Microsystems engineer (m/f/d)

About us

We are a young, fast-growing high-tech company offering processes, materials and machines for the optical interconnection of photonic components such as lasers and silicon chips. This involves the use of a high-resolution 3D printer, which is capable of producing optical structures with a resolution further below one micrometer.

With a focus on the communications industry, our solutions cover the entire range from small-scale prototyping to fully automated industrial production. We build on an internationally unique technology portfolio and have already gained extensive experience by working with a large number of internationally active technology groups.

 

What awaits you with us

We are looking for a microtechnologist or microsystems engineer (m/f/d) to support our development and customer team in Karlsruhe. You will work with novel 3D lithography equipment and materials in the field of integrated optics / photonic integration. This role offers you a unique opportunity to contribute to the growth of a dynamic high-tech startup.

 

Task profile

  • Manufacturing by means of 3D lithography and subsequent characterization of prototypes as well as customer-specific assemblies in the field of micro-optics and/or integrated optical circuits
  • Supervision of the manufacturing equipment (3D lithography and automated development) by regular tests and assistance in maintenance
  • Collaboration in the development and optimization of lithography processes and the production of materials for 3D printing
  • Independent execution of test series including measurement, evaluation and documentation

 

Your qualifications

  • Completed vocational training as a microtechnologist (m/f/d), physical-technical assistant (m/f/d), microsystems technician (m/f/d) chemical-technical assistant (m/f/d) or a comparable qualification
  • Experience in optics, micro-optics or semiconductor manufacturing is desirable
  • Experience in assembly and interconnection technology is an advantage
  • Experience with working in a clean room is an advantage
  • Good command of written and spoken English

 

Your personal skills

  • Independent, proactive and ambitious
  • High sense of responsibility and reliability
  • High level of teamwork, communication and assertiveness skills
  • Ability to solve problems constructively and pragmatically

 

What we offer

A varied and challenging area of responsibility with a high degree of personal responsibility in a young, rapidly expanding high-tech company. Great creative freedom and the opportunity to help shape the growth of the company. Flat hierarchies in an innovative and committed international team, in which you can contribute your ideas and jointly create forward-looking solutions. Your benefits package includes a market-oriented salary, a variable profit-sharing scheme and a flexible working hours model.

 

Your application

Please send us your detailed application with curriculum vitae, references, certificates and salary requirements by e-mail to jobs@vanguard-automation.com.

Chemical-Technical Assistant (m/f/d) | Chemical Technologist (m/f/d) | Chemical Lab Assistant (m/f/d)

About us

We are a young, fast-growing high-tech company offering processes, materials and machines for the optical interconnection of photonic components such as lasers and silicon chips. This involves the use of a high-resolution 3D printer, which is capable of producing optical structures with a resolution further below one micrometer.

With a focus on the communications industry, our solutions cover the entire range from small-scale prototyping to fully automated industrial production. We build on an internationally unique technology portfolio and have already gained extensive experience by working with a large number of internationally active technology groups.

What awaits you with us

We are looking for a chemical-technical assistant, chemical technologist, or chemical lab assistant (m/f/d) to support our development team in Karlsruhe. You will work with innovative materials, processes, and 3D lithography equipment in the field of integrated optics / photonic integration. This role offers you a unique opportunity to contribute to the growth of a dynamic high-tech startup.

Task profile

  • Quality control of chemicals and raw material inventory management
  • Independent execution of test series including measurements (physical, chemical, and instrumental analyses), evaluation and documentation
  • Upscaling and production of materials for 3D printing and corresponding quality control
  • Collaboration in the development and optimization of lithography processes
  • Continuously improving processes, methods, and laboratory management

Your qualifications

  • Completed vocational training/education as a chemical-technical assistant (m/f/d), chemical technologist/chemical lab assistant (m/f/d), or chemist/chemical engineer (m/f/d), or a comparable qualification
  • Knowledge of polymer chemistry is desirable
  • Experience in microfabrication process and technology in optics, micro-optics or semiconductor manufacturing is an advantage
  • Experience with working in a clean room is an advantage
  • Good command of written and spoken English

 Your personal skills

  • Independent, proactive, and ambitious
  • High sense of responsibility and reliability
  • High level of teamwork, communication, and assertiveness skills
  • Ability to solve problems constructively and pragmatically

What we offer

A varied and challenging range of tasks with a high degree of personal responsibility in a young, rapidly expanding high-tech company. Great creative freedom and the opportunity to help shape the growth of the company. Flat hierarchies in an innovative and committed international team, in which you can contribute your ideas and jointly create forward-looking solutions. Your benefits package includes a market-oriented salary, a variable profit-sharing scheme, and a flexible working hours model.

Your application

Please send us your detailed application with curriculum vitae, references, certificates and salary requirements by e-mail to jobs@vanguard-automation.com.

Industrial Software Engineer | 3D Printing & Automation (m/f/d)

To complement our development team, we are looking for an industrial software engineer to help us create highly differentiated solutions for photonic integration and packaging. This role presents a unique opportunity for a talented mid-senior level professional to join the growth journey of a dynamic high-tech startup.

Role

Being part of a cross-disciplinary research and development team, your work will be centered around conceptualizing, architecting, and implementing software for processes, devices, and systems used in 3D nano print applications.

Responsibilities

  • Designing and enhancing software architectures in .NET/C# and Python with Visual Studio.
  • Maintaining, developing, and enhancing 3D high-precision machine vision and image processing algorithms with HALCON as well as device and system automation software.
  • Continuous improvement of the development and deployment process.
  • Collaborating with the engineering team on new product ideas, process improvements, and customer-specific software solutions.
  • Collaborating with software and hardware engineers on defining and implementing product roadmaps.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor or master’s degree in computer science, electrical engineering, or a comparable qualification.
  • At least three (3) years of experience in industrial and device-related software development, ideally including machine vision and image processing.
  • Experience in software development related to 3D printing, or LabVIEW is a plus.
  • Used to working independently within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Professional proficiency in German and English languages.

Personal Characteristics

  • Self-motivated, highly proactive, strong curiosity, and desire a to learn.
  • High sense of ownership and accountability.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Constructive and pragmatic problem solving.

Apply now

Apply now by submitting your CV and letter of motivation to jobs@vanguard-automation.com.

Applications and Technical Support Engineer/Lead – China (m/f/d)

Background

This role presents a unique opportunity for a talented mid-senior level professional to help a fast-growing German high-tech company establishing a technical presence in China. We are looking for an individual who brings a strong technical background in photonics and/or advanced 3D micro fabrication to the table and equally enjoys supporting customers as well as taking part in technical marketing and sales activities.

Role

You will be part of a team which conceptualizes, designs, develops and validates processes for 3D nano-printing of functional devices in the field of photonic integration. After completing your onboarding program you will help the team expand its global reach into China, closely working with customers to ensure successful adoption of our technology and machines. In addition, you will collaborate closely with our regional distribution partners to support them in conducting sales and marketing activities.

Responsibilities

Core

  • Become proficient in the design and simulation of 3D-printed freeform waveguides and micro-optical elements, and in deploying them on  Vanguard Automation 3D lithography systems.
  • Support customers in successfully developing, deploying and running their specific processes and in integrating the Vanguard Automation manufacturing solution into their workflow.
  • Generate and provide training, technical exchanges and technical papers.

Growth opportunities

  • Develop strong customer relations at a technical level to gain further insight into direction and needs of the customer.
  • Analyze problems and recommend solutions on the Vanguard Automation platform to optimize customer results.
  • Collaborate closely with the Vanguard Automation engineering teams on new product ideas and standard process improvements.
  • Support the company’s growth efforts in China.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor, Master or PhD degree in Optics & Photonics, Electrical Engineering, Microsystems Engineering, Physics, or a comparable qualification
  • Used to working independently within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience in design, fabrication, und testing of integrated optical components, and/or the development of fabrication processes for photonic devices, ideally based on 3D lithography
  • Strong communication skills ideally combined with experience in customer interaction
  • Full professional proficiency in Mandarin and English language

Personal Characteristics

  • Self-motivated, highly proactive, strong curiosity, and desire to learn
  • High sense of ownership and accountability
  • Strong interpersonal skills and sense of humility
  • Constructive and pragmatic problem solving
  • Ability to influence without direct authority  

Apply now

Apply now by submitting your CV and letter of motivation to jobs@vanguard-automation.com.

Application and Process Development Engineer (m/f/d)

To complement our application and process development team, we are looking for an experienced professional with broad interest and solid technical background in the fields of photonics and advanced micro- and nanofabrication.

Job description

You will conceive and design functional 3D micro-optical structures such as waveguides and lenses and realize them using our 3D lithography tools. Besides hands-on implementation and development of fabrication processes, your work will comprise tight interaction with international customers at the technological forefront of integrated optics. Your tasks will comprise the following aspects:

  • Design and simulation of 3D-printed freeform waveguides and micro-optical elements
  • Development and implementation of customer-specific fabrication processes
  • Customer support and process transfer to customer lithography tools
  • Design and implementation of reliability testing and quality control procedures for 3Dprinted photonic structures

Your profile

You should have a Bachelor, Master, or PhD degree in Optics & Photonics, Electrical Engineering, Microsystems Engineering, Physics, or a comparable qualification. Preferred candidates are used to work independently within a multi-disciplinary team and contribute one or more of the following skills and experiences:

  • Design, fabrication, and testing of integrated optical components
  • Development of fabrication processes for photonic devices, ideally based on 3D lithography
  • Experience in managing of technology development projects, ideally in an industrial environment
  • Strong communication skills, ideally combined with experience in customer interaction

Personal characteristics

  • Self-motivated, highly proactive, strong curiosity, and desire to learn
  • High sense of ownership and accountability
  • Strong interpersonal skills and sensitivity of international cultures of our customers
  • Constructive and pragmatic problem solving

Apply now by submitting your CV, letter of motivation, salary expectations, as well as possible starting date to jobs@vanguard-automation.com.

System Development Engineer (m/f/d)

To complement our development team, we are looking for a mid-senior level professional with broad technical interest and background in the field of optics, optoelectronics or opto-mechanics.

Role

You will be part of the team which conceptualizes, implements and validates new features and products for photonic packaging and integration. Based on 3D lithography technology, you will develop and optimize new fabrication processes, and will refine the installation and maintenance procedures of the system. You will closely collaborate with software and application development teams, ensuring successful adoption of our technology and machines by our customers.

Responsibilities

  • Design and setup of optical and electrical system components for an industrial 3D lithography tool
  • Defining test procedures for the validation of the complete system
  • Developing new processes for fabrication of micro-optical elements on our lithography platform
  • Design test procedures for evaluation and quality control for optical assemblies and elements
  • Implementation of new process features together with the application development team

Your profile

You should have a Master or PhD degree in Optics, Electrical Engineering, Physics or a comparable qualification. Preferred candidates are used to work independently within a muli-disciplinary team and contribute one or more of the following skills and experience:

  • Experience in design, fabrication, and testing of integrated optical components
  • Development of fabrication processes for photonic devices, ideally based on 3D lithography
  • At least 3 years of experience in development of industrial systems and system automation
  • Experience with optical systems and high-precision motion control
  • Experience in automation of industrial systems
  • Proven track record in industrial project management

Personal characteristics

  • Self-motivated, highly proactive, strong curiosity, and desire to learn
  • High sense of ownership and accountability
  • Strong interpersonal skills and sense of humility
  • Constructive and pragmatic problem solving

Apply now

Apply now by submitting your CV and letter of motivation to jobs@vanguard-automation.com.