Optical Engineer | Zemax LLC

Date Posted: 
Thursday, February 4, 2016

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Position Location: 
Seattle, WA
Job Description: 

Looking for an opportunity to continually learn and strengthen your optical design skills? Want to be a part of a small team but contribute in a big way? Come work with an exceptional team of engineers from whom you can glean all kinds of knowledge and insight into optical design!

As an Optical Engineer with the Engineering Services Team, you will provide technical support across a broad range of applications and optical systems, including space telescopes, biomedical instruments, illumination systems, lasers and more. You will interact with engineers and scientists who are the foremost experts in their fields. Your trained eye will be able to spot and balance aberrations, know how to set the PSF grid for image simulation calculations, and quickly and accurately tolerance an optical system for manufacture. While some technical support requests have a straightforward solution, many are complex, requiring a strong background in optical theory and design. In this rewarding position, you’ll get to know people all over the world and hear things like “{Your name here} is AWESOME!!!” or “I really appreciate the prompt help and follow through in resolving my problem. Great customer service!” These are real comments we have received from real customers.

In addition, you get the challenging job of investigating potential bugs in the software and testing new features in each new software release. As you grow into an OpticStudio Master, you'll be given the opportunity to teach training courses, where you will develop other OpticStudio Masters. You'll also give demonstrations to potential new customers, and interact with customers at trade shows and conferences. Eventually, you may even have opportunities  to  take on custom  work, like writing  DLLs  or macros  for customers.

Candidate Profile

While many people may have the right degree or background, to truly excel in this role, you will be:

  • Bright and eager to learn. This role will take you to the forefront of your optics knowledge and will push you to learn new things. You're not afraid to say you don't know the answer, and have a track record of going outside your expertise to take on new challenges.
  • A "people person". You like working with people, talking to them about the problems they're experiencing and helping them find solutions.

In addition, the ideal candidate will have:

  • B.S. degree or equivalent in Optics, Physics, or related field
  • Experience with optical design software, Zemax OpticStudio an advantage
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Experience presenting to and/or teaching groups of other optical engineers and scientists
  • Strong problem-solving skills with the ability to distill problems down to their simplest form

This position includes a competitive salary that consists of a combination of base salary, bonus and great benefits. You must be eligible to work in the US to apply.

Career Path

We consider the Optical Engineer role the first job you will have with Zemax. A key benefit of joining us at this time is the ability to carve out a niche for yourself and define what your next job in the company will be. Our optical engineers go on to do great things within the company, from identifying future products and features to leading teams of other engineers to developing the physics behind our software as a part of the development team. Regardless of which direction you head, opportunities abound.


Please apply through the careers page: https://www.zemax.com/about-us/careers