Employment Type
Automotive, Research
Job Location
Thornton, Colorado
Date posted
October 31, 2018
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Position: Senior Optical Engineer

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Senior Optical Engineer

Seeking a Senior Optical Engineer for LIDAR systems design and development. The successful candidate will join a cross-functional team that combines light sources, beam delivery systems, detectors, firmware, and software to create market-leading LIDAR systems. The position requires an understanding of detector design, opto-mechanical system design, optical tolerancing, and modeling.



• Conduct component and system-level optical analysis

• Document system optical design and tolerance analysis

• Direct specification development for detailed drawings of optical components

• Conduct detailed simulations (sequential and non-sequential) of optical systems

• Evaluate subsystem-level requirements for next-generation products

• Establish, direct, and conduct component and system verification and validation tests

• Create and validate system performance models

• Evaluate prospective vendors and technologies for optical components



• 5 to 10 years experience

• Experience designing detector lens opto-mechanical assemblies for high-volume manufacturing

• Experience with optical design software such as Zemax, Code V or comparable

• Hands-on experience with optical systems

• Experience with opto-mechanical system design and tolerance analysis

• Capable of optical system alignment, critical analysis, troubleshooting, testing and characterization

• Ability to comprehensively research, understand and report on new concepts and technologies

• Strong data analysis capability, including experience using MATLAB, Python or comparable

• Detailed understanding of stray light analysis and non-sequential simulation methods

• BS Degree (or higher) in Optical Engineering or comparable


• MS or PhD in Optical Engineering, or similar

• Minitab data analysis

• 5+ years experience