The successful candidate will bridge multiple areas of technical expertise and experience to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions to demanding optical projection and imaging systems.
RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE (BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO):
· Invent new lens designs for complex opto-mechanical systems covering markets including digital imaging, aerospace and military, life-science, and entertainment.
· Provide advanced analysis and characterization of optical systems, including customized performance simulations, in order to demonstrate compliance with detailed specifications.
· Produce detailed optical tolerance and alignment budgets with as-built yield curves against performance metrics.
· Reduce customer specifications and technical governing documents into design and test requirements; track compliance and verification through design completion.
· Define (or develop) new compensation and optical performance tests to validate completed assemblies.
· Act as systems/technical lead on projects, as required.
· Present design outputs to the customer (write optical design reports and design review presentations including Preliminary Design Reviews and Critical Design Reviews)
Sales and business development:
· Support bid and proposal efforts thru preliminary designs and design evaluation.
· Frequent and direct customer contact on projects you are supporting.
· Write and present papers at technical conferences.
Personnel development and recruiting:
· Train other engineers on optical design methodologies, optical engineering best practice, and metrology
· Interact and partner with engineering teams in Huntsville, AL, and Jena, Germany.
· Identify, interview, and evaluate prospective new hires within engineering
· Advanced degree; MS or PhD in Physics, Astronomy, Optics, Optical Engineering, or other equivalent area of expertise.
· Related experience: > 10 years in the area of lens design, metrology, and system integration.
· Proficiency in optical design and tolerancing using ZEMAX and/or CODE V.
· Experience with software tools to automate optical design and analysis tasks (e.g., CODE V and ZEMAX macro languages, Python, Matlab, etc.)
- Working knowledge of thin film physics and fabrication.
· Excellent written and oral communication skills.
· Must possess the following “soft skills”: Acts with Integrity, Attention to Detail, Clear Communicator, Goal Setting / Drives for Solutions, Prioritization/Multi-task, Problem Solver/Decision Maker, Self-Motivated, Team Player.
· Familiarity with illumination and scattered light analysis using ZEMAX, FRED, or LightTools is preferred.
· Knowledge of fabrication and manufacturing optical systems is highly desirable.
· Competence in project management and leading a small team of engineers/designers is preferred.
· Extended work hours may be required in order to meet project deadlines.
· May require travel in support of customer meetings.
· Relocation is strongly preferred, but not explicitly required, if an acceptable arrangement for remote location combined with extended onsite visits can be negotiated.
· U.S. Citizenship or qualified U.S. worker.
The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use of hands or fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools or controls and keyboarding; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk and hear.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.