Optical Engineer, Advanced Optical Systems | Thorlabs

Date Posted: 
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Position Location: 
Newton, NJ
Job Description: 

Thorlabs Advanced Optical Systems in Newton NJ, produces state-of-the-art high resolution lens systems. We are seeking a talented Optical Engineer to design multi-element diffraction limited lenses and systems.

The ideal candidate will have experience designing high resolution lenses, and have a good understanding of optical alignment and tolerances, and how they affect image quality. The successful candidate will assist in bringing new products from prototype to production, with an emphasis on robust manufacture-able designs, in a lean manufacturing facility. The job includes occasional participation in detailed technical discussions with customers, sales and field service members and may require some travel.

Essential Job Functions include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Design precision multi-element lens systems, including tolerance analysis, metrology requirements, assembly procedures and mechanical design support.
  • Routinely perform analyses, such as optical simulation, image simulation, and illumination modeling on lens systems.
  • Perform metrology on critical lenses, systems and sub-components when required
  • Follow prototype designs from conception through manufacture. 
  • Stay abreast of current industry trends and techniques relating to optical design, imaging, microscopy and precision alignment.
  • Responsible for all related production documentation, which includes, bills of material, engineering drawings, testing requirements, tooling and specification of thin film coatings.
  • Provide web page data, descriptions, measurements, and graphs to support the web page team.
  • Interact with production personnel to define and solve manufacturing/design issues and implement cost reduction ideas with regard to new and current company products.
  • Perform liaison function between engineering team and all manufacturing operations for any related issues, problems, or improvements.
  • Work with the quality department to define problem areas and implement product improvements based on customer repair/rejection concerns.
  • Prepare technical data such as qualification test procedures, acceptance test procedures, reports, component maintenance manuals, etc.
  • Interact with vendors and purchasers concerning supplied and proposed components.
  • Acts as technical expert for the company for both internal and external customers.
  • Coordinate as required with other internal groups including Sales, Accounting personnel, Fabrication, Technical Marketing, Technical Support, OEM Team, Management, Planning, and Assembly.
  • Keep current with newest applications, products, and manufacturing techniques within the industry.  Share, discuss, and collaborate while looking for opportunities to implement.



  • Minimum 2 years industrial experience or equivalent in Optical Design


  • BS,MS or PHD in Optical Engineering, Optical Systems Engineering or equivalent

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:

  • Skilled in the use of Zemax design software, or equivelant
  • Matlab, Python or Labview programing
  • Hands-on experience with assembly and trouble-shooting of optical systems
  • Strong ability to take initiative
  • Flexibility/adaptability in a fast-paced & dynamic environment

Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts.  The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer.  Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.