Principal Optical Engineer

Job Description

Specifies, design, develops and tests optical systems. May require device-level expertise. Interacts with mechanical engineering, hardware, and software design teams to assist in overall development of the optical systems. Primary technical interface for outsourced optical design projects. Tasks include specifying, selecting and qualifying active and passive optical components, developing and benchmarking system performance models, developing and implementing test procedures, and evaluating and selecting appropriate test instrumentation. Provides technical leadership in cross-functional teams and interactions with both internal and external corporate partners.

•Assumes engineering responsibility for module or subsystem design from concept design through manufacturing transfer and ramp.
•Assumes engineering responsibility for optical component and subassembly test development, data acquisition, analysis, and reporting.
•Generates optical module or system concepts to meet product requirements.
•Validates concepts through breadboard builds and analysis.
•Performs detailed optical design, optical component layout, and ray tracing for new or improved optical subsystems.
•Performs wavefront measurements and wavefront analysis of optical subsystems and components.
•Performs optical tolerance analysis at system and subsystem level.
•Manages a project plan including key deliverables, timeline, and budget.
•Works with Mechanical Engineers and CAD Designers for prototype and pilot detailed design.
•Drives full documentation of design including, BOM, drawings, and procedures.
•Designs verification testing.
•Manages development activities using the Cymer Product Development Process including concept reviews, design reviews, proto builds, pilot builds, verification testing, etc., with records and completion of all open action items.
•Analyzes problems in existing systems, plan and conduct investigations, and develop solution proposals.
•Manages all phases in the development of selected optical technologies, from inception through to product release.
•Develops test plans, creates test procedures, performs tests and data reduction and evaluates test data. Modifies designs based upon test results.
•Assembles and tests opto-mechanical and electro-optic prototypes.
•Interfaces with manufacturing engineering to develop and implement designs that improve manufacturability.
•Interfaces with purchasing to obtain prototype components for use in assemblies.
•Interfaces with manufacturing personnel to coordinate the build of modified or new prototype assemblies.
•Works with CAD personnel to create and/or modify component and assembly drawings.
•Uses Cymer's change management process to implement demonstrated product improvements.
•Provides technical guidance and assistance to lower level optical engineers.
•Performs other duties as assigned.


•Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
•Ability to translate, statistically analyze data, and effectively report problems through written and/or graphical formats.
•Excellent customer service skills, with an advanced understanding of customer relationship building.
•Ability to use MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and electronic e-mail systems.
•Demonstrated creativity in solving complex optical design problems.
•In depth knowledge of optical engineering principles.
•Experience with ray tracing.
•Experience using Optical Design Software (Oslo, Zemax, Code 5, etc.).
•Experience mounting optical components to minimize mechanically and thermally induced stress. FEA and modal analysis experience desired.
•Experience with Product Development tasks desired (bills of material, interfacing with vendors, procurement of material for prototyping, change management).
•Ability to work either independently or as part of a development team.
•Self-motivation and ability to work in a fast-moving high-tech environment.

Possesses very strong skills acquired through advanced training, study and experience. Often knowledge is ""self taught"" as formal training in emerging technologies may not exist. Typically has advanced degree (Master's, PhD). Minimum of twelve (12) years of experience is required.
•Requires a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Chemistry or Physics and a minimum of twelve (12) years of relevant experience. A Masters Degree with 10-15years experience, or PhD with 7-10 years experience. Advanced degrees preferred.
•A minimum of ten (10) years Optical or Opto-mechanical Design experience.
•Experience with product development desired.
•Experience with Excimer Lasers desired.


The physical demands 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 routinely is required to sit; walk; talk; hear; use hands to keyboard, finger, handle, and feel; stoop, kneel, crouch, twist, reach, and stretch.
•The employee is occasionally required to move around the campus.
•The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
•May require travel dependent on business needs.
•Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
•Can work under deadlines.
•The environment generally is moderate in temperature and noise level.
•Must be able to read and interpret data, information, and documents.
•Can observe and respond to people and situations and interact with others encountered in the course of work.
•Can learn and apply new information or skills.
•Able to work at CAD station for several hours at a time.
•Able to put together mechanical assemblies including lifting 25 lbs. from floor to shoulder height.
•Requires working with a firing laser (which is noisy) on a frequent basis.
•Requires working in a manufacturing clean room environment occasionally.
•Requires working with Excimer lasers in noisy environments (requiring ear protection) and potential radiation hazards (requiring eye and skin protection).



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