Spectra-Physics Rankweil
Highly Developed Precision & Quality

Spectra-Physics® is a leading global supplier of laser systems. At our facility in Rankweil, we develop and produce picosecond and femtosecond lasers for demanding applications in medicine, science, and industry.

History –
Strong Innovation Capacity, Strong Growth

Spectra-Physics® is a globally successful high-tech company developing and producing highly developed ultrafast lasers at its Rankweil facility. Since its beginnings in 1999, the company that was founded as High Q Laser GmbH has been focusing on innovative strength and products with excellent quality. This is borne out by numerous scientific publications and many globally registered patents as well as the firm's rapid growth. Just 10 years after the company's foundation the original vision could be achieved: to become Europe's leading manufacturer of ultrafast lasers.

In order to continue its growth, the company became part of Spectra-Physics in 2011, the world's most experienced laser manufacturer. As the first manufacturer of industrial lasers, Spectra-Physics has been at the forefront of innovative laser technology for over 50 years. In addition, as part of the Newport Corporation – the leading global photonics supplier – Spectra-Physics Rankweil belongs to an established network that strengthens its innovative capacity and thereby supports further growth.

Address / Legal Entity Information

High Q Laser GmbH
Feldgut 9
6830 Rankweil, Austria
+43 5522 82646
FN: (Reg.) 291098k
UID (VAT No.): ATU63257433

What We Stand For

Whether repairing individual screen pixels, producing an implant, or performing surgery on a human eye – Spectra-Physics customers all over the world trust in the absolute precision and top quality of our ultrafast laser systems, at any time. This is the only way to ensure that delicate materials and very fine structures can be perfectly processed. Reliability and innovative, customer-oriented product solutions are the reasons why the manufacturers of equipment for industrial production and scientific research, or for medical products opt for lasers by Spectra-Physics. The manufacture of our ultrafast lasers is subject to exacting quality standards and is carried out in ISO 5 (class 100) clean rooms in accordance with quality assurance standards.

Our wide-ranging international after sales service is another success factor. The worldwide presence of Newport Corporation features 16 production facilities and an international network of direct sales and service points in the world's most important production regions. This is an established network that provides top service and reliable support in close proximity to the customers of Spectra-Physics.

Application Lab

In order to achieve the best results, top quality and absolute precision in application, Spectra-Physics maintains its own application laboratory. This is a prerequisite for ensuring top-of-the-range process development and technical reliability of our picosecond and femtosecond laser sources. The laboratory is equipped with high-quality diagnostic instruments, providing a modern and perfectly balanced infrastructure.

Company History

Foundation of High Q Laser GmbH. In the same year, the company presents its first product at the world's leading trade fair “LASER World of Photonics” in Munich.

Just one year later, the company introduces two new laser systems. The company receives an award from the Austrian Society for Physics.

Receipt of the Company Award by the Austrian Department of Commerce.

Opening of the production facility at Hohenems. High Q Laser starts to supply large customers with laser systems.

Innovation Prize awarded by the Vorarlberg Chamber of Commerce for the femtoREGEN™ UC-INDUSTRIAL.

High Q Laser opens one of the most up-to-date laser manufacturing facilities. The two facilities at Hohenems are transferred to Rankweil. High Q Laser obtains certification under EN ISO 9001:2008.zertifiziert.

High Q Laser becomes part of Spectra-Physics® and hence the Newport Corporation.

The company is certified to EN ISO 13485: 2012 and AC:2012.

Careers at Spectra-Physics Rankweil

Approximately 100 employees work at the Rankweil facility manufacturing picosecond and femtosecond lasers. In addition to the manufacture of high quality products, our company strategy focuses on sustainable and profitable growth. In order to foster this momentum, we are always looking for committed and motivated members of staff.

Are you keen on high-tech? Are you at home in technical subjects, such as physics, mechatronics, mechanical engineering, electronics, hardware or software development? Have you completed training or are a graduate in a technical discipline or already gained experience with high-tech products? And are you interested in lasers?

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Gaining First Work Experience

We are always interested in helping pupils and students to gain their first work experience with us. We therefore provide internship places and, each summer, vacation positions and look forward to welcoming young and dynamic people. Are you interested in gaining your first work experience in a modern high-tech company? Apply simply by e-mail.

Diversity Makes Us Better

The team at Spectra-Physics consists of open-minded, dynamic people who are young or young at heart and have a great passion for high-tech. They are physicists, mechatronics engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, hardware and software developers. They come from Vorarlberg, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Poland, Italy, India and other countries. And they have one thing in common: based on their knowledge, on precision and on teamwork they create highly sophisticated technical innovations.

How to Apply

Please send your complete application documents in digital form via e-mail to jobs@spectra-physics.at. The application should include:

  • Current résumé
  • Photograph
  • Personal statement
  • References

If you apply for a posted vacancy, please enter the respective post in the subject line of your e-mail.

Birgit Ragger
+43 5522 82646 182

Student Jobs

Bachelor Degree Course in Electrical Engineering (Dual)

The bachelor degree course in Electrical Engineering (dual) combines a degree course at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FHV) with practical training in a company. That means that both the university and the company take responsibility for parts of the training.

For you as a student this means:

  • You will spend time periods alternately at the university and with Spectra-Physics.
  • When you are with us, you will gain valuable experience.
  • You start your career while still a student.
  • You will receive a salary while still a student.

During the first year you will be given solid basic training at the FHV. Should you have had relevant technical training, for example by passing the "HTL-Matura", you may be able to skip large parts of the first semester – or even start by going straight into the second semester. From the third semester you will be employed at Spectra-Physics and will have a regular income. Possible work areas cover a wide range of electrical and electronic engineering subjects. For your specialist subject at the FHV course you can choose a subject that is associated with the industry of our company, such as Energy Technology or Technical Information Technology.

For further information on the study course, the application deadlines, the application conditions and other details please contact Birgit Ragger, jobs@spectra-physics.at, Tel.: +43 5522 82646 182.

Gaining First Work Experience

We are always interested in helping pupils and students to gain their first work experience with us. We therefore provide internship places and, each summer, vacation positions and look forward to welcoming young and dynamic people.

Are you interested in gaining your first work experience in a modern high-tech company? Apply simply by e-mail to jobs@spectra-physics.at.

Innovative Strength For Your Successful Final Project

Are you looking for a practice related subject for your final project? You have good ideas and want to implement them in a high-tech and innovative environment? Contact us at Spectra-Physics – we may be able to help you to find an interesting subject for your final project, thesis or dissertation. Or you can suggest a subject for a project, based on an outline concept, which you would like to carry out with us. One last tip: Involve your mentor at an early stage because he/she has to agree to the selected subject in the end.

Please send us your application documents via e-mail to jobs@spectra-physics.at. These should include:

  • Current résumé
  • Photograph
  • Personal statement
  • Current certificates (copies)
  • Initial ideas or outline concept

Applications – Reliable for Industrial Applications

Ultrafast lasers by Spectra-Physics are designed for state-of-the-art and highly demanding industrial applications. They cover the wide range from processing of sensitive materials and micromachining to bio-imaging and eye surgery.

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Products - One Millionth of One Billionth of a Second —
Ultrafast Laser Systems by Spectra-Physics

As a pioneer in the field of ultrafast lasers, Spectra-Physics develops and manufactures absolutely precise picosecond and femtosecond laser systems at its Rankweil facility. It is almost impossible to imagine how long a femtosecond lasts — it is one millionth of one billionth of a second. These ultrafast pulses enable processing of sensitive materials and extremely fine structures — almost without any heat generation which would lead to damage and even destruction of the material. Spectra-Physics uses state-of-the-art technology, top quality components and rigorous application testing to ensure that its ultrafast laser systems are absolutely reliable products, which feature these additional benefits:

  • Extremely short light pulses with durations of between 40 fs and 500 ps
  • Very high peak intensities
  • Wavelengths from UV to IR
  • From individual pulses to high repeat rates (MHz)
  • Designed for 24 hour operation
  • Straightforward installation and setting up
  • Compact and modular design
  • Adapted to specific customer requirements
  • Serial production for large lot sizes

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