Optical Research Scientist

Edmund Optics is a leading supplier of optical components, designing and manufacturing a wide array of multi-element lenses, lens coatings, imaging systems, and opto-mechanical equipment. Recently voted #1 Preferred Supplier of Optical Components in the US by Readex Research, we are proud to assist customers in a wide variety of applications from medical devices to inspection systems to laboratory research.  While Edmund Optics is well known for its catalog, we offer much more to customers, including a wide array of engineering and manufacturing services. Our worldwide presence in the United States, Japan, China, Germany, Korea, the United Kingdom and Singapore allows us to service a global audience with local support and languages.  Edmund Optics remains focused on providing our customers with the largest selection and inventory of optical components in the world, along with quick delivery and outstanding technical support.  We invite you to learn more about our dynamic company and culture online at: www.edmundoptics.com.

Edmund Optics is seeking an Optical Research Scientist to join its growing R&D group at our Barrington, NJ Headquarters. Optical Research Scientists engage in technological development in a wide array of focus areas ranging from product development to novel manufacturing processes, and theoretical modeling of applied optical phenomena.  The successful Optical Research Scientist is curious, thorough, and willing to explore a wide array of technological leads that may or may not succeed.  Responsibilities include numerical and software analysis of both new to Edmund, and new to the world fabrication processes leading to novel products.  The candidate will engage in theoretical design, prototype validation and metrology development to achieve successful technology differentiation for the company in many product areas.   Some travel is required.

Essential Functions:

  • Work on a wide array of open-ended projects to further the company’s technological differentiation
  • Provide upfront technical risk assessment of new projects
  • Keep up to date on the latest developments in the optical field such that novel solutions can be explored ahead of competition
  • Work onsite at factory locations to troubleshoot and/or develop manufacturing processes for novel programs
  • Utilize an array of software tools to perform low cost modeling and feasibility studies ahead of hardware implementation
  • Organize and follow through on assigned projects in an independent manner, including project schedule.
  • Evaluate and troubleshoot opto-mechanical assemblies, or optical fabrication processes.
  • Develop assembly, fabrication and test procedures.
  • Perform analytical and empirical studies in a lab environment of various optical components and systems
  • Clearly document and present work in written reports.
  • May be required to use shop and power tools to modify parts or equipment.



To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of various software tools such as Labview, Matlab or Mathematica. General programming knowledge in C++, Python or similar. Exposure to design software such as Zemax, and Solidworks (or other mechanical design software) as well as FEA knowledge in environments such as COMSOL, DYNA, or Abaqus.  Statistical process control in JMP, Minitab or Design-expert a plus.   
  • Intermediate/advanced mechanical skills.
  • Approximately 20% travel required



M.S. Degree or PhD in Optical Engineering, Electronics or Physics and minimum 5 years applied experience.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to travel; work in office and/or lab setting.




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