Research Engineer
Firefly Photonics
Iowa City, IA

Firefly Photonics invites applicants for a research engineer focusing on research and development of mid-infrared (mid-IR) cascaded LED prototypes, LED arrays, and VCSEL arrays for the defense, industrial, medical, and consumer markets.

Activities may include:

· Micro- and nano-fabrication of mid-IR light sources using novel materials, geometries, and approaches (e.g., photonic crystals, metamaterials, plasmonics)

· Optoelectronics device testing (L-I-V, spectrally resolved device light emission)

· Epitaxial semiconductor growth

· Modelling of electrical and optical properties of nanostructures

· Development of product prototypes


· PhD in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Material Science, Optics, or closely related field

· Background in semiconductor physics, optics, optoelectronics/photonics engineering, and/or compound semiconductor materials

· United States Citizen or Permanent Resident

· Strong publication and/or innovation record as evidenced by peer reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, patents, or products

· Extensive experience with micro- and nano-fabrication techniques

The initial appointment is for one year with opportunity for renewal based on performance and continuation of funding.

About Firefly Photonics LLC:

Firefly Photonics LLC ( is a startup company focused on short-, mid-, and long-wave infrared light emitting diodes and lasers for applications such as thermal scene projection, gas and chemical sensing, and medical monitoring and is a spin off from research at the University of Iowa.

Firefly Photonics is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $60,000.00 to $110,000.00 /year


  • Doctorate (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

Work Location:

  • One location


  • Health insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off