Semiconductor and Fiber Lasers

Software Engineer- Test Automation

About nLIGHT
nLIGHT is a rapidly growing publicly listed company (NASDAQ: LASR).  nLIGHT is a global leader in high-power semiconductor and fiber lasers for industrial, microfabrication, aerospace, and defense applications. Headquartered in Vancouver, WA, nLIGHT employs over 1,000 people with operations in the U.S., China, and Finland.


The Product Software Development team at nLIGHT is charged with delivering world class software and firmware for our rapidly growing laser products business.  The ideal candidate is highly motivated with an excellent track record of performance and creativity in software development and automation development.  They will contribute to the architecture, design, development, testing, and delivery of our laser products and supporting infrastructure.  They would join a small team with a big impact, requiring good team work in a dynamic environment. 


  • Interface with colleagues, partners and customers to understand and manage feature requirements, expectations, and priorities
  • Work from requirements to create a solution meeting product testing needs
  • Develop robust code used in demanding 24x7 production environments worldwide
  • Utilize good software development processes and practices to produce and maintain high quality software
  • Document appropriately and advocate for best practices
  • Assist and support internal as well as external customers with software and system issues


  • 2+ year (MS) or 4+ years (BS) in Electrical or Computer Engineering, or Computer Science
  • Experience with Linux development, build infrastructure and deployment
  • Knowledge with embedded systems or real-time systems a plus
  • Skilled in C or C++
  • Familiar with C# and the .NET infrastructure
  • Comfortable with bash, PERL or Python
  • Electronics knowledge a plus – read schematics and wiring diagrams; use multi-meters, oscilloscopes, and function generators
  • Familiar with software development process
  • Accomplished troubleshooting skills
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Strong in OOA and OOD
  • Ability to work well in a dynamic and fast paced environment
  • Attention to detail and an ability to absorb and assimilate information rapidly
  • Proficient with Microsoft SW: Excel, SharePoint, Word, PowerPoint, etc.

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Automation or Test Automation Systems
  • Build and configuration management for code release
  • ARM architecture
  • Microsoft Visual Studio toolchain
  • GNU toolchain, include make and config scripts
  • Scripting with Python
  • Computer Skills – git or other SW configuration management systems

nLIGHT is subject to US Export Control regulations. To qualify for this position, a Foreign Person (that is, not a US Citizen or legal Permanent Resident) must be eligible for a deemed export license under the US Department of Commerce and/or the US Department of State.

Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or age. For more information about our commitment to equal employment opportunity, please see these government posters: “EEO is the Law” and its accompanying temporary supplement. If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (360) 566-4460 or

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