Optical Engineer

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JOB OBJECTIVE:  Design, develop, and test optical components and systems for high performance bio-analytical instrumentation.


1. Serve as a key member of cross-functional engineering teams (internal and external) consisting of optical, electrical, software, mechanical, manufacturing, and quality engineers to achieve project deliverables.

2. Design, develop, build, and test optical systems used in complex bio-analytical instruments. Illumination sources may include LEDs, lasers, solid state lasers, and conventional lamps. Detectors may include solid-state devices, photomultipliers, and cameras. Systems will include both imaging and non-imaging optics. Spectral regimes will typically span near-UV, visible, and near-IR (200nm to 1200nm).

3. Design and/or specify optical components such as lens, imagers, reflectors, filters, gratings, and detectors, both off-the-shelf and custom. Interface with vendors for optical components, both standard and custom.

4. Analyze and optimize system performance considering, for example, optical and mechanical tolerances, thermal issues, and detector signal-to-noise.

5. Perform hands-on work with optical components and systems. Personally perform construction and test of optical prototypes, or supervise technicians doing this work.

6. Plan and develop optical test procedures in conjunction with engineering and production to verify quality requirement guidelines. Specify and design optical alignment and test equipment for both development and production.

7. Understand customer product requirements and develop optical systems to meet those requirements.

8. Present product design, analysis, and test results to internal and external customers.

9. Understand and comply with ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements applicable to our business.


1. Support production in the manufacture of optical systems.

2. Support preparation of proposals, project plans, and cost estimates.


1. BS Degree in Engineering or Physics with an emphasis on optics.

2. Minimum of 8 years industry experience developing optical systems and products.

3. Expertise in specifying, modeling, analyzing and optimizing optical components and systems.

4. Expertise in measurement and test of optical components and systems.

5. High level of proficiency with one or more optical design software tools such as LightTools, CodeV, Zemax, ASAP, or Trace Pro.

6. Excellent conceptual, analytical and problem solving abilities.


1. MS degree and 6 years experience or PhD degree and 4 years of experience is preferred. Experience must have been developing optical systems and products. It is desirable that the advanced degree be in optics.

2. Experience with both imaging and non-imaging optics is highly desirable.

3. Experience and skill in electronics is desirable, particularly as related to optical sensors and detectors.

4. Experience with Matlab, Rhino, SolidWorks and similar modelling software is desirable.

5. Experience and skill in mechanical engineering, particularly as related to mounting and alignment of optical components, is desirable.

6. Experience with LEDs and fluorescence systems is highly desirable.

7. Experience developing analytical and/or medical devices in a regulated environment such as ISO-13485 or FDA QMS is desirable.


1. Ability to occasionally move objects up to 60 pounds up to one hour per day.

2. Ability to observe and inspect equipment and operations for proper operation and compliance to safety and housekeeping standards.

3. Ability to work in a production environment around automated equipment.

4. Ability to work in an office environment utilizing a computer workstation.



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