Job Title
Optical Design, Development Engineer
Min Salary
Max Salary
Job Description

Optical Design Engineer / Northern California

100-130k range

Develop optical design and specifications for optical systems projects. Function as individual contributor, member of cross-functional design/development team, and/or Project/Program Leader.


  • Develop required optical specifications; provide optical systems analyses
  • Systematically increase knowledge and skills in geometrical optics, optical engineering, lens and illumination design
  • Generate and validate specifications for manufacture and testing.
  • Participate in design of fixtures for assembly.
  • Share optical expertise with operations, sales, marketing and outside organizations, as required.
  • Act as applications engineer, coupling requests from customers to standard product applications (with or without modifications) and/or systems design to suit customer requirements.
  • Participate in generation of quotes, bill of materials and requisitions as required.
  • Enter Engineering Change Notices (ECN’s) and manage to conclusion as required.
  • Comply with all regulatory and statutory requirements associated with assigned job activities.
  • Determine Import/Export classification codes as assigned.



  • A minimum of 5 years of experience.
  • BS Optical Engineering or Physics, or similar, relevent Engineering degree.
  • Optical Design; working knowledge of Optical Design programs such as Zemax (preferred), Oslo, CodeV, Etc.
  • Image Processing; working knowledge of image processing programs such as ImageJ, ImagePro, MatLab and the Image Processing toolbox.
  • Systems Design, particularly in Machine Vision Systems or Microscopy.
  • Hands-on mode of operation (comfortable in the lab)
  • Knowledge of MTF, Interferometer and Image Processing based testing.
  • Experience with Patents – filing, defending and circumvention
  • General PC literacy, including MS Office and Excel in particular
  • Familiarity with required quality and departmental procedures; attendance at required procedural and regulatory compliance training.
  • This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).   All applicants must be U.S. persons within the meaning of ITAR.   ITAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran status

Northern CA / Bay Area