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IDEX Application Scientist in West Henrietta, New York

If you’re looking for a special place to build or grow your career, you’ve found it. Whether you’re an experienced professional, a recent college graduate or somewhere in between, IDEX is a place where you can apply your existing skills and learn new ones in an environment where you can make an impact.

With interesting opportunities in engineering, marketing, sales, supply chain, operations, HR, finance, and more across more than 40 diverse businesses ( around the globe, chances are, we have something special for you.

JOB TITLE: Application Scientist – Optical Filters

REPORTING TO: Director, Product Management

LOCATION: West Henrietta, NY


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Who is IDEX Health & Science (IH&S)?

As a business unit of IDEX Corporation, IH&S has a long history of driving growth in life sciences and healthcare by embracing innovation and redefining the supplier-customer relationship. The work we do every day allows us to discover key insights and break new ground to create some of the most meaningful technologies that have a lasting impact on companies, industries, and society. One of business segments is called Life Science Optics and we are looking to add more talent to the team.

Life Science Optics (LSO):

Our newly opened Optics Center of Excellence (COE) in West Henrietta, NY , is a manufacturing and R&D focused team that sits at the leading edge of high-end optics for life sciences. Focused on assisting partners at every stage of the development processes, we invest in people and infrastructure to drive bold ideas and pragmatic solutions. With its optics-rich foundation of talent, universities, and supporting businesses, Rochester is the ideal location to elevate your career with fascinating work and endless opportunities.

Our formula for success is simple. We work hard to maintain a culture where you can own your work; you are encouraged to try new ideas in a collaborative environment; and you can apply your skillset to enable our clients to gain a competitive advantage in their own market. At IDEX Health & Science, you have the opportunity to work with a great group of people, mentor others, and build a great future.


IDEX Health and Sciences Life Science Optics (IH&S-LSO) division is seeking a dedicated Applications Scientist for its Semrock-brand optical filters business. The applicant should have a strong background in fluorescence-based imaging or instrumentation and/or significant experience in photonics. The Applications Scientist will work as part of a team including: Product Management, R&D, Operations and Sales. This role works closely with OEM customers by gathering their critical performance requirements and communicating our current capabilities. Application Scientists act as the customer’s technical voice inside the company.


  • Provide technical support on Semrock’s products, technology, and on optical applications with OEM customers

  • Engineer product selections from standard catalog products to fully customized optical filters through understanding the customer application and filter performance requirements

  • Work collaboratively with RD&E, Sustaining Engineering, Quality, Planning, Operations and Supply Chain to ensure successful product launch and ongoing volume production by addressing manufacturability challenges, quality issues, and other elements critical to customer satisfaction

  • Contribute to marketing Semrock-brand filters and technology to customers: support the development of messaging and technical materials to describe and market products and capabilities (for website, print catalog, posters, ads, sales trainings, press releases, whitepapers, technical notes, etc.)

  • Gather, organize, and regularly communicate product market information derived from face-to-face, e-mail, and telephone interactions with customers (ranging from analysis of customer requirements and competitive products to estimation of market sizes and opportunities)

  • Work with select experts and customers to arrange evaluation experiments with Semrock products and gather the data into meaningful “white paper” reports

  • Support accurate product setup in our ERP system to ensure streamlined production


  • Post-Graduate Degree in Science or Engineering or equivalent of 5+ years advanced experience in optics/photonics industry

  • Deep understanding of, and demonstrated proficiency in, fluorescence imaging and measurement systems

  • Analytical thinker with ability to solve problems quickly and accurately to meet customer deadlines

  • Highly motivated self-starter with a strong “drive for results” mindset

  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment with the ability to navigate across multiple internal cross-functional teams to deliver results to the customer to schedule in a fully remote or hybrid work setting

  • Ability to focus and prioritize workload to achieve the strategic goals of the business

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Excellent writing and presentation skills

  • Strong computer proficiency is a must with an emphasis on MS-Office applications


  • Experience with Life Science Applications (PCR, Next Gen Sequencing, Spatial Profiling, High Throughput Screening) highly desired

  • Background with manufacturing of optical systems or components desired

  • Knowledge of optical system design preferred

Are you ready to join a different kind of company where our people, our culture, and our commitments are centered around providing trusted solutions that improve lives around the world?

IDEX is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. IDEX gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other consideration or protected category made unlawful by federal, state or local laws (Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled).

Business Unit: IH&S (Life Science Optics)

Job Segment: HST Health & Science Technologies