Director/Sr Director, PIC Development Leader

Infinera Corp.

Sunnyvale, CA

Infinera is the global supplier of innovative networking solutions. Our customers include the leading service providers, data center operators, internet content providers (ICPs), cable operators, enterprises, and government agencies worldwide, including 9 of the top 10 Tier 1 service providers and 6 of the top 7 ICPs. We design, develop and deliver hardware and software for fiber-based connectivity solutions that span access, aggregation, metro, long haul, and submarine networks. Our industry-leading, trendsetting edge-to-core solutions provide the foundation for many of the world’s largest and most demanding networks that generate billions in service revenue for our customers.

Job Description

The Director, PIC Development will oversee the design, development, and transfer to manufacturing of Infinera’s Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) products. The person should be detail orientated and able to manage multiple critical path activities at the same time. He or she should have significant experience with Photonic devices, especially for InP based devices and be familiar with device fabrication and manufacturing. The successful candidate will be expected to work cross-functionally with optoelectronic packaging, assembly and Analog ASIC design teams and be able to technically communicate with team members and up-level key messages/requirements. The person should be able to develop and manage risk assessments over project lifecycles. He or she must be able to develop and manage project budgets and schedules.


  • Manage and scale the team to deliver solutions in support of Infinera’s development of optical engines
  • Enhance and rigorously execute on design methodologies and processes for PIC development.
  • Oversee the development and scaling of internal design tools to improve and automate PIC layout activities
  • Work with cross-functional teams to understand and define product requirements and plans
  • Independently resolves issues and conquer organization and technical challenges
  • Develop and actively manage project budgets, schedules, and risk profiles
  • Provide inputs into product road maps


  • MS/PhD in engineering, 10+ years’ experience in telecommunications, optoelectronics, or microelectronics development with significant time in management role
  • Significant experience with optical component design for performance, especially for InP devices
  • Familiarity with InP opto-electronic fabrication, material characterization and epitaxy knowledge experience with product development is highly desired.
  • The Job will require frequent collaborative interaction with fab, epitaxy, test and reliability engineering, packaging, product engineering, and system engineering groups
  • Strong leadership and communication and engineering and project management skills
  • Experienced in managing/leading a diverse team of strong Individual contributors
  • Technical depth to understand concerns and communicate status and resolution to executive leadership team
  • Ability to evaluate candidates, mentor and develop the team and build successful team


Infinera is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Infinera complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.