Photonics job/career websites revisited

WORLDWIDE--Way back in 2005, Laser Focus World profiled a number of websites that assist photonics professionals with finding jobs (see “Working the Web: Find a job (or a new career) with online tools,”

WORLDWIDE--Way back in 2005, Laser Focus World profiled a number of websites that assist photonics professionals with finding jobs (see “Working the Web: Find a job (or a new career) with online tools,” In light of the current economic situation, a refresher course on these websites certainly couldn’t hurt.

These searchable websites generally contain listings for optics and photonics professionals not found on generic job sites like, (100K and over jobs), or Some of the sites introduce you to recruiters in the photonics industry that can provide more specialized career services. Please note that most of these listings are for jobs in the United States, although some have overseas listings. If you know of other sites or recruiters that could be useful to our job-seeking readers, we would be happy to profile those in a future issue of Optoelectronics Report.

The official jobs website of The Optical Society (OSA; Washington, DC), currently lists approximately 57 optics and photonics-related jobs. As with most of the jobs websites, a keyword search function allows you to narrow job listings according to location, company, industry, salary, education, and more. Job alerts can be sent according to keyword terms, and ‘security’ clearance information can be added to employee profiles. Employers can list a job for a reasonable fee of $155 for 30 days, and OSA Corporate members can list 20 jobs per month without a fee. Be sure to take advantage of OSA’s Career Fairs at the upcoming OFC/NFOEC and CLEO/IQEC conferences, and contact Daphne Greenwood directly if you have any questions about the site:, (202) 416–1402.

SPIEWorks, the SPIE job site, has been serving the career needs of optics, photonics, and imaging professionals since 2001. This website provides job seekers with job listings, resume posting, email alerts, advice from experts in the field, and a searchable Technical Library. Employers may post jobs and gain access to a resume database, create resume alerts, and participate in career fairs held at three major SPIE events: Photonics West, Defense, Security+Sensing, and Optics+Photonics. SPIEWorks offers free posting of internships and SPIE staff will create customized recruiting packages tailored to clients needs. For further information contact Dave Baggenstos at or call (360) 715–3705. Now is also a good time for students to get some hands on experience through internships; see

Including both U.S. and international opportunities, this site currently shows about 20 job listings. You can sign up for an jobswire that will email new listings to you as they become available.

With many international listings, lists science jobs in a number of disciplines--an ideal site to visit if you’re thinking of applying your talents beyond the photonics industry or within an academic environment. Incredibly, the site is currently listing more than 5400 science jobs worldwide. I typed “photonics” in the keyword search and came up with nearly 30 job listings.

This job/career site is maintained under the OptoIQ portal (, an optoelectronics Internet community from PennWell Corporation (Tulsa, OK) that brings together product and technology information on optics, lasers, imaging, LEDs, communications, and anything optoelectronic in nature. The website targets experienced professionals in the optoelectronics industry, and is offering free unlimited job postings for employers through April 30, 2009. For more information, send an email to

Trademarked as “The Career Hub for Tech Insiders,” Dice offers tens of thousands of jobs in technical fields. A search on “photonics” brought up 13 openings, while a search on “optics” listed nearly 300 jobs.

Bruce Rafey Associates has nearly 40 years of recruitment experience in the microelectronics and semiconductor industries. Its website purposefully lacks links to career resources because the company wants job seekers to contact one of its highly professional placement “counselors” for an old-fashioned career discussion. The company says that few agencies are talented and experienced enough to offer personal career guidance that considers the “human element” of the job search process. I counted more than 30 current listings on the site.

Christie Associates offers recruitment and candidate placement exclusively within the fiber optics industry. Director Cynthia Christie explains that listed positions cover the range from junior-level individual contributors to senior management and executive roles in engineering, manufacturing, marketing, and sales. Her firm primarily represents corporations that manufacture a wide variety of products from passive components to active devices and systems, with applications particularly for the telecom/datacom markets. After 29 years, Christie Associates has numerous repeat clients using their services, as well as many candidates that have been placed two or three times.

Louis Rudzinsky Associates (LRA) has specialized in laser, optics, and photonics recruitment and placement services to individual candidates and client organizations worldwide since 1968, and has used the Web as a vital part of its strategy for more than ten years. Candidates can look at a variety of open positions with LRA’s clients, and can submit and update their resume online ( Candidates can also view job listings and find relevant information about resume writing at LRA offers candidates access to opportunities in all geographic areas of the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia via membership in National Personnel Associates (NPA), a member-owned network of 400 professional and ethical recruitment firms. Reach Howard or Jeff Rudzinsky via their Linkedin Profiles or through email: and www.linkedin/com/in/jeffrudzinsky; and

If you’re not linked in, you might be missing the best social networking opportunity around. By becoming a member, you can join photonics groups and link to industry contacts to help you “network” and find a job. By scheduling email deliveries from various groups, you’ll be plugged into many job listings before they even find their way to a jobs website.

--Gail Overton

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