Senior Optical Engineer | HunterLab

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At HunterLab, we design and manufacture instruments that duplicate how our eyes see color. Our spectrophotometer systems are used by top manufacturers across the globe in virtually all industries and set the standard for accuracy, reliability and ease of use. We’re looking for a talented and enthusiastic Optical Engineer to join our R&D team.

Job Summary

As a member of the Engineering Team, this senior-level position performs advanced research, design, development, planning, and testing of state of the art optical components and systems. This position envisions how the optical design project will be completed, identifies critical aspects, defines the system architecture, and required functionality. The Senior Optical Engineer plays a lead, multi-disciplinary role early in the development cycle, documenting requirements, then proceeding with design synthesis and system validation while considering the operations, performance, test, manufacturing, cost, and schedule. The position applies advanced knowledge of Optical Engineering/Optics and expert application of engineering science and technology. Serves as a mentor to Optical Engineer I and provides technical leadership to company teams.

Key responsibilities include:

  1. Research, conceive, design, develop, plan and test optical systems and related components and devices; Oversee the optical design concepts and prototype development activities to ensure compliance to specifications and promote effective production processes, ensure optimal performance, and cost-efficiency.
  2. Create schematics or other physical layouts of integrated optical systems and components consistent with company process and functional constraints. Create or maintain formal engineering documents such as Bills of Material (BOMs), Engineering Change Notifications (ECNs), release documentation, and design document packages.
  3. Define and execute optical design verification test plans; Conduct analyses addressing issues such as failure, reliability, tolerance analysis or instrument performance improvement; Bench test prototypes (first article) and provide test support for existing life-cycle products; Support incoming inspection of optical materials and assemblies.
  4. Troubleshoot, solve, and refine final optical designs to optimize designs for target dimensions, physical tolerances, or processing constraints. Designs must be robust and tolerant of fabrication and assembly processes and analyzed for performance in the presence of the environmental conditions demanded by the application.
  5. Interface with mechanical and electrical engineers to complete systems modeling, analysis, and methods of performance verification.
  6. Drive the HunterLab Quality Management System to conform to the customer, internal, ISO 9001, and regulatory/legal requirements.
  7. Communicate continually with suppliers, vendors, collaborators, and other contacts for training or new product development purposes.
  8. Prepare publications to be presented at strategic symposiums/conferences that will promote the capabilities of the company; Support history and reputation of the company and its products through the use of increasingly more efficient and effective state of the art optical designs.
  9. Maintain a safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

Successful Candidate will have:

  • Master’s degree in Optics/Photonics Engineering, Physics, or related degree with 6+ years of experience in optical engineering OR Ph.D. degree with 2+ years of experience OR combination of education and experience. Other engineering or scientific degrees with both experience and record of performance considered.
  • 4+ years experience in optomechanical design.
  • Expert with Zemax (or Code V) and methods of optical design and tolerance analysis required.
  • SolidWorks certification preferred.

Required Specialized Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of a broad range of optics including imaging, illumination, radiometry and photometry, physical and geometric optics, statistics, and polarization.
  • Specialized understanding of sources (lasers and LEDs), diffraction gratings, light collection and detection methods, diffractive optics, optical materials, and thin film optics.
  • Optical component and system-level modeling and simulation.
  • Understanding of modern optical manufacturing methods and optical system fabrication.

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