Lab Technician

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About You:

You have a thirst for knowledge with a broad technical background and thrive in a fast-paced high-tech development environment. You excel at taking a high-level goal with no obvious solutions, quickly becoming an expert in the relevant areas of technology, and creating proof-of-concept prototypes as quickly as possible.

What You’ll Do:

  • Within 15 days, understand all characteristics and issues related to the use of holographic film in holography.
    • Become familiar with the objectives, scientific principles and technologies of the holography lab
    • Develop a scientific understanding of the function of photopolymer film
    • Create and maintain a photopolymer technical knowledge database that includes suppliers, all known material/optical issues that determine performance, and best practices
  • Within 45 days, actively assist in setting up a basic working holography lab that includes facilities for the control of dust, temperature, noise, airflow, optical equipment, and standard operating procedures laser safety and general lab safety
    • Lead the creation of techniques, processes and related documentation for the handling, pre-recording preparation, cleaning, post-recording treatment, lamination, adhesion, and storage of photopolymer film and substrates
    • Understand all material quality issues related to the craft of holography
    • Participate in training from suppliers, partners and online/printed sources, continual learning about holographic materials and applications.
    • Expand and maintain the photopolymer technical knowledge database to include detailed notes on best practices (in-house and external)
  • Within 90 days, demonstrate material handling proficiency equal to any supplier or in-house resource
    • Actively participate in the creation and documentation of quantitative test and evaluation procedures and fixtures to inspect and qualify incoming photopolymer film and recorded holograms
    • Actively participate in the integration of recorded holograms in lenses and product prototypes, contributing perspective and knowledge on material issues to our in-house efforts to achieve product perfection
    • Create and maintain optical materials inventory
  • Within 180 days, develop through continuous learning and practice a superior level of knowledge and practical skill on the handling, pre-recording preparation, cleaning, post-recording treatment, lamination, adhesion, and storage of photopolymer film, with the goal of achieving recognition as the company’s in-house subject matter expert
    • Actively participate in research to uncover and mitigate relevant mechanisms of action that may limit or inhibit the performance of optical materials in current or future North products

What You’ll Need:

  • Bachelor's degree in material science or related field
  • Two year experience working in a clean laboratory environment

Feel like you can’t tick all the boxes above? If you have some of the skills and experience that we’re looking for and are willing to use your talent to learn the rest, we encourage you to apply!

Why North:

Day-to-day, we challenge each other to constantly raise the bar, encourage unconventional thinking to achieve innovative breakthroughs, and are passionately committed to surpassing our goals. We advocate a healthy lifestyle and promote continuous learning in a flexible work environment. Most of all, we set visionary goals, and we’re passionate about building the best, most impactful products that people will love.

About us:

North, formerly Thalmic Labs, builds products that change the way we see and engage with our world. North’s latest product, Focals, are custom-built glasses with a display only the wearer can see. Focals let you see texts, get turn-by-turn directions, check the weather, request an Uber, ask Alexa, and more — seamlessly and immediately. Founded in 2012, North has grown to a world-leading team of engineers, researchers, designers, and creators committed to building a future where technology is there when you need it and gone when you don’t, hidden by design.