Mechanical design engineer photonic IC packaging

PHIX is looking for a mechanical design engineer to support the design and manufacturing of modules based on photonic chips.

Company profile

PHIX is a scale-up company that designs and manufactures modules based on photonic chips, or photonic integrated circuits (PICs). PICs offer greater data transfer speed and lower energy consumption when compared to electronic chips, and they open up new innovative applications. Our OEM customers use these PIC-based modules in, for example, LiDAR systems for self-driving vehicles, mobile medical scanners, and quantum computers.

To ensure the manufacturability of the PIC based modules, we offer multidisciplinary engineering support early in the design process. This helps our customers to optimally balance performance, cost, and ease of scale-up of their products.

Having started operations in 2018, PHIX is now one of the fastest growing production companies in The Netherlands, serving some of the biggest and most innovative tech companies in the world with photonic chip packaging. Our multicultural and multidisciplinary team works together in a flat organizational structure and offers many opportunities for collaboration and growth.

Job description

As mechanical engineer you are responsible for the mechanical design of photonic IC (PIC) packaging modules as well as the mechanical design of assembly tooling and fixtures.

  • Mechanical design and ordering of components for photonic IC packages.
  • Optimize product designs in cooperation with micro assembly process engineers to optimize manufacturability.
  • Design of fixtures and tooling for different micro assembly steps.
  • Performing thermomechanical simulations and generating reports for the packages.

Professional requirements

  • MSc. degree in mechanical engineering or mechatronics.
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience in mechanical product design.
  • Familiar with tolerance analysis, manufacturing standards, ISO, DIN…
  • Familiar with Solidworks, and preferably with PDM.
  • Experience in FEA and CFD Thermal Analysis, preferably in Electronics, is advantageous.
  • Experience with optomechanical, photonic, or semiconductor systems is advantageous.
  • Experience in project management is a plus.
  • Practical and pragmatic approach.
  • Capable of working independently.


  • Fluency in English
  • Dutch or willing to learn to speak Dutch

What we offer you

  • A position in the new area of photonic IC packaging, a vibrant area with many exciting challenges and developments.
  • An opportunity to develop PHIX, together with us, into a market leader in an entrepreneurial, dynamic environment.
  • A talented and diverse group of passionate people working in an open culture.
  • A challenging position with plenty of room for own initiatives and professional development.
  • A competitive set of employment terms.

Are you interested?

Please send your motivation letter and resume to: Mohamed Hammani (
Acquisition as a result of this advertisement is not appreciated.

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