Computational Scientist (Physical optics modeling) – Apple – Santa Clara Valley, CA

Computational Scientist (Physical optics modeling)
3,306 reviews

Santa Clara Valley, CA
The Camera Systems Engineering Group develops innovative photonics solutions for the next generation cameras. We are responsible for bringing photonics solutions to fruition through systems-level analysis, detailed component and sub-system performance simulations, feasibility prototyping and performance validation, with the ultimate responsibility of reducing the innovative concepts into manufacturable solutions for high volume production.

The group is developing next generation photonics solutions for Appleā€™s amazing mobile devices including iPhones and iPads. As a member of the Camera Systems Engineering Group, you will participate in developing great photonics innovations that will make a difference in the lives of millions of customers.

The team is seeking a physical optics modeling scientist with strong computational and programming skills to contribute to our forward-looking development projects.

Key Qualifications

Excellent knowledge and understanding of physical optics modeling and performance verification techniques

Proven track record in developing physical optics simulation and optimization, tools, such as FDTD, RCWA, FFT, IFTA, BPM, modal decomposition, etc.

Strong knowledge of optical materials, Si photonics, and micro-optics fabrication processes

Excellent programming skills (Matlab, Python, c/c++)

Strong numerical analysis and algorithm development skills

Experience working with optical metrology, physical optics simulation and optical design tools

Strong verbal and written communications skills

Must be self directed, highly organized, able to manage multiple tasks and priorities, as well as work well in cross-functional team environments


The ideal candidate should have proven track record of modeling, tolerance analysis, and performance verification of physical optics components and sub-systems, such as integrated photonics circuits, diffractive optics, polarization optics, meta-surfaces, laser cavities, thin-film coatings, and optical waveguides. In this role you will be responsible for development of new computational models/algorithms and their integration with available computational tools and techniques into an advanced physical optics computational environment to satisfy our present and future photonics development challenges. You should be also comfortable working in a highly dynamic development environment.


MS/PhD in physics, photonics, electrical engineering, computer science, or related field.

3,306 reviews

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