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Application Scientist Optics – USA

Zurich Instruments
Boston (USA)
Closing date
10 Feb 2022
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Zurich Instruments is a technology leader in advanced test and measurement instruments based on dynamic signal processing. Our products are used in many challenging research fields by scientists all over the world. Zurich Instruments' vision is to be the reference for digital instrumentation in leading research and development laboratories.

To strengthen further our lock-in amplifiers business, we are looking for an Application Scientist to grow our Marketing & Sales team in Boston.

Zurich Instruments offers a diverse work environment in an international high-tech arena with an open and transparent company culture where personal development forms the basis of our success. We thrive on cooperation and support distributed decision-making that allows everyone to take responsibility and generate substantial impact from the start and on many levels.

We provide a competitive remuneration and benefits package, including paid vacation and sick time in addition to US national holidays, and we support a healthy work-life balance.

Now is a great time to join the team.

We look forward to receiving your resume and motivation letter. Applicants need to be legally authorized to work in the USA.

Your responsibilities

  • Establish new contacts with customers and maintain existing ones to secure future sales
  • Provide application-specific customer support, including on-site system integration, product demonstrations and customer training
  • Represent Zurich Instruments at major trade shows, visit customers around the world and connect with opinion leaders
  • Act as the optics and photonics reference within the company
  • Produce material such as web content, blog posts, application notes and videos
  • Analyze market requirements, contribute to product development, and strengthen Zurich Instruments' technology leadership

Your profile

  • PhD in Physics or Electrical Engineering, or MSc and a minimum of 3 years of experience in a similar role
  • Strong scientific track record with years of experience in optics laboratories
  • Broad knowledge of instrumentation including lock-in amplifiers, AWGs, PIDs and PLLs is a plus
  • Excellent communication skills: good writing skills are an important asset
  • Programming skills in MATLAB, LabVIEW, Python, and/or C


Zurich profile imageZurich Instruments is a test and measurement company based in Zurich, Switzerland, with subsidiaries around the world. We develop, sell and support measurement instrumentation in key worldwide markets, either directly or with carefully selected partners. 

Why work for us
You will work in a team of bright, creative, and inspiring people. We all love technology and work together with a positive and innovation-driven spirit. You will encounter a work environment with a lot of freedom to act, and space for creativity. We also believe that consistently good work performance requires a healthy work–life balance. This starts with a good working climate where we tackle daily challenges with persistence and a sense of humour.

Training and development
Our team members grow in their roles, and are coached to successfully take more responsibility. Knowledge sharing and continuous learning across different functions is essential. We foster a culture of open and constructive feedback. Driven by our company values, everybody is encouraged to take leadership in order to achieve the best for our customers and for our company beyond functional and organizational boundaries.

What we are looking for
At Zurich Instruments we actively seek results-oriented self-starters who love to tackle challenges in a cooperative fashion. For our application scientist positions, they’re people who want to transition from an academic path into a more commercial role, and for engineering positions they want to be part of a high-quality R&D team striving for the best-on-market measurement software and hardware solutions. You’ll need to perceive daily variation as a positive stimulus for your own development and feel inspired working in a multicultural, high-tech environment.

Zurich: Switzerland; Shanghai: China; Boston, MA: USA; Germany; Korea; Japan

Number of employees

Positions recently recruited for
Application scientist (quantum), application scientist (optics), technical sales, hardware engineer, software engineer, FPGA and firmware engineer

Desired degree discipline/class
BSc, MSc or PhD, or equivalent, in physics, electrical engineering, or other technical fields, depending on the role

Eligible to work in country of employment

How to apply
Apply online at

Closing date
All year round


Find Us
Technoparkstrasse 1
Zurich 8005
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