Optics

If you're a precision optician, electrical engineer, electronic technician, physicist, laser technician, lighting engineer, environmental analyst, chemist, development engineer, optical designer, business developer, or sales and marketing manager, there are over 17,000 machine technicians, physicists, microsystems technicians, opticians and other colleagues doing production, development and research work in around 400 high tech enterprises in Berlin and Brandenburg concentrating on optics/photonics, and ten universities and 26 research institutions not affiliated with a university. 

When we speak of optics and photonics, we mean communications and sensor technology, laser technology, lighting technology, optical analytics, biomedical optics, opthalmics optics and microsystems technology. The optical technologies are among the most important key technologies of the 21st century. Cameras, optic fibers, lasers, LEDs, sensors or displays – they all have their origins in photonics, and they all involve microsystems technology. Photonics are crucial for developments in IT, medicine, biotechnology, the environment, transport, mechanical engineering, security, fashion or building technology. And Berlin is a favourite location for photonics enterprises. Global players such as Trumpf, Corning, Leoni, Finisar, Carl Zeiss, Jenaoptik, Bruker, Cisco, Raytek, ADVA and Tektronix are among those who have set up locations in Berlin and Brandenburg. 

Many Berlin researchers and scientists work in the areas of laser technology, semiconductor radiation sources (laser diodes, LEDs), next-generation internet optical telecommunications technology, packaging technologies, silicon photonics, UV and X-ray technologies, optical metrology, image processing and display technologies, biomedical optics, and light and lighting engineering. The most important research institutes are the Fraunhofer-Institut für Nachrichtentechnik (HHI), Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM), German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Optical Sensor Systems, Leibniz Institute for Crystal Growth (IKZ), Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy, Ferdinand-Braun-Institut - Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik, Paul Drude Institute, BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (The National Metrology Institute of Germany), Institute for Analytical Sciences (ISAS) and the Fritz Haber Institute.

The crossover between science and industry is fluid in the capital. There are many specialized small and medium-sized enterprises – traditional enterprises such as Osram, Berliner Glas, Schmidt + Haensch, SILL Leuchten, Pepperl+Fuchs or SPECS as well as numerous companies founded shortly after reunification, such as Selux, SENTECH, BESTEC, First Sensor, FINETECH, FLEXIM, iris, LaserAnimation Sollinger, LTB Lasertechnik or XION. Berlin and Brandenburg also have young optics companies and start-ups such as Scansonic, Mykita, ic! Berlin, Mister Spex, PT Photonic Tools, volasystems, INURU, ElektroCouture, SIUT, Sicoya, 5micron, DirectPhotonics, greateyes, UVISIO, Surflay Nanotec, Sumolight, AdlOptica or Spree Fiber.

Earnings are always based on professional experience and depend on each particular company. The average gross annual entry salaries for chemists and physicists are between 40,000 and 50,000 euros, and entry salaries for precision opticians up to about 35,000 euros. Developers or managers with several years of professional experience can earn between 50,000 and 80,000 euros. Get on the job search! It's worth it. 

OUR TIP: With our company showcase, you can easily learn about Berlin companies offering exciting jobs in the field of Optics. Just click on a company logo, take a look at a short profile, and if you are interested, contact the company.

Berlin-based companies in Optics

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