Senior Optical Engineer

Job Description
The Senior Optical Engineer is a member of a small technical team developing and commercializing the next generation of ultra-fast pulse laser systems. This position reports to the Vice President of Engineering.

Essential Responsibilities
The Senior Optical Engineer is responsible for systems requirements, component specifications, and design and test activities working within a small interdisciplinary R&D team designing and testing fiber-based infrared laser systems. Responsibilities include:
•Specify, design, and test free space and fiber optic components and subsystems for pulse amplification, compression, and beam delivery.
•Geometrical optics layout and Gaussian beam propagation analysis.
•Resolve alignment, assembly, and metrology challenges on the production line.
•Interface with electrical, mechanical, laser, software, and application engineers to solve interdisciplinary problems.
•Documentation of optical design, modeling, and component specification.
•Assembly and characterization of prototype laser systems.
Minimum MS degree and 10+ years of experience in optical design, assembly, and testing. Experience required in all aspects of product life cycle from the exploratory stage through high volume production.

Leadership Skills
This person will work closely with engineers, laboratory technicians, and support staff in R&D and manufacturing to facilitate R&D changes into production and investigate problems that may occur in production or in the field. Innovative problem solving, collaborative learning, and educating teammates about potential optical solutions are key elements of success in the job.

Management Skills
This person needs to be able to manage a technical project from concept through manufacturing release. This means influencing and at times coordinating the work of other engineers, technologists, and technicians to deliver reliably functioning solutions in a cost effective and timely manner.

Functional Mastery
Most of the following skills are required for this position. Some of the skills can be acquired on the job as well.
•Knowledge of optical and optoelectronic components such as relay and beam expansion optics, interference filters, fiber optic couplers, diffractive elements, lasers, and detectors.
•Lens design, aberration analysis, system layout, and tolerancing using Code V, ZEMAX, or OSLO.
•Free space optical component testing using instrumentation such as the autocollimator, Fizeau and Mirau interferometers, point source microscope, and scanning spectrophotometer.
•Interference coating design and analysis using TFCalc or FilmStar.
•Fiber optic component testing using light wave test equipment such as the optical spectrum analyzer, wavemeter, and autocorrelator.
•Hands-on experience with fusion splicing, high precision optical assembly processes, and related materials.
•Hands-on experience in free-space optical alignment of laser systems and beam delivery subsystems.
Physical and Environmental Conditions
•Duties may involve working with laser light, fiber and other potentially hazardous materials.
•Employees must wear protective goggles, or glasses when in the proximity of an energized laser.
•Employee must wear masks as defined by the specific rules within the work area.
•Ability to operate equipment as defined by job.
•Lifting, bending, and other physical requirements typical of experimental work in an optics laboratory environment will be required (under 50 pounds).



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