I’m there when a diverse range of opportunities present themselves.

„That’s what I enjoy about my job: the freedom to develop new ideas and the capacity for innovation.“

Sarah Schlaier wrote her thesis at First Sensor. She now works as a development engineer for First Sensor in Dresden. She has been given a remit to develop an improved adhesive for sensor arrays used in X-ray machines. Read here why she considers innovation to be so important.

What did you do before joining First Sensor and how did you end up at First Sensor?

I studied process engineering and natural materials technology alongside working at Fraunhofer IWS. In mid-2017 I started looking for a company where I could write my thesis, and that’s how I ended up at First Sensor. The company was offering graduate placements and the description matched what I was looking for.

What do you do now, having finished your thesis?

I’m a development engineer at First Sensor Microelectronic Packaging GmbH in Dresden. I wrote my thesis on viscosity measurements in adhesives. I have been able to continue my work with this material, which plays such a vital part in installation and connection technology, since finishing my thesis. The quality of a sensor is determined not only by its individual components, but also by the materials that connect those components together – such as adhesives. The properties of these materials have a huge impact on the sensor’s functional capability. Which is why we are constantly analyzing the behavior of these materials under different conditions. In the final stages, we carry out stress tests to make sure that our sensors and sensor systems consistently and reliably deliver accurate results – including under immensely stressful conditions.

What was your first impression of the company?

Everyone’s door is open. You don’t need to make an appointment to exchange ideas; the staff are enthusiastic, open and cooperative. Teamwork operates on an interdisciplinary basis, and I am constantly amazed by other people’s knowledge. And I don’t have to be at work for 7:00 a.m. on the dot because the company operates a flextime system. I don’t really like getting up early so that works for me.

What do you value most about First Sensor?

Our customers are always presenting us with new challenges, which means that tried-and-tested solutions often reach their limits. I think this is fantastic because it gives us the opportunity to continuously further our development as a company and enhance our products and services. Companies can no longer survive nowadays without engaging in development and that’s also what I enjoy about my job: the freedom to develop new ideas and the capacity for innovation – both on an ongoing basis and in small increments. Our customers give us time to develop the product and the installation and connection technology that is just right for them, and then to test it and bring it to series production – because they know that we can. My tasks are also extremely varied because the applications are so wide-ranging.

What advice would you give to young professionals?

Be inquisitive and be open to trying out new tasks and subject areas! As a process engineer I initially had only a basic knowledge of packaging technologies, and I asked a lot of questions. That didn’t bother my new colleagues in the slightest. On the contrary – they patiently and competently explained their areas of expertise to me and were also open to hear about mine.
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In the growth market of sensor systems, First Sensor develops and produces customer-specific sensors, electronics, modules and complex systems for the ever-increasing number of applications in the industrial, medical, and mobility target markets. As a solution provider the company offers complete development services from a first draft and proof of concept up to the development of prototypes and finally serial production. First Sensor offers comprehensive development expertise, state-of-the-art packaging technologies and production capacities in clean rooms from ISO class 8 to 5.
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In the growth market of sensor systems, First Sensor develops and produces customer-specific sensors, electronics, modules and complex systems for the ever-increasing number of applications in the industrial, medical, and mobility target markets. As a solution provider the company offers complete development services from a first draft and proof of concept up to the development of prototypes and finally serial production. First Sensor offers comprehensive development expertise, state-of-the-art packaging technologies and production capacities in clean rooms from ISO class 8 to 5.
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