Optical Engineer/Scientist | Brien Holden Vision Institute

Date Posted: 
Monday, August 14, 2017
Job Description: 
  • POSITION TITLE Optical Engineer/Scientist
  • DEPARTMENT Research and Development
  • HOURS Full-time, Fixed Term (1-year)


  • The Optical engineer/scientist will work on the development of instrument platform/s for evaluating performance of a broad range of prototype ophthalmic devices. The Optical engineer/scientist will contribute towards the design and development of hardward & software tools to faciliate simulation of the proposed devices and also develop advanced methods to characterize the prototype ophthalmic devices.


  • Active participant in the development of optical test instruments measuring point spread function, through-focus modulation transfer function, power and aberration characteristics of refractive and diffractive ophthalmic lenses for prototype development and evaluation.
  • Engage in the root-cause analysis of reported optical metrology measurement issues in prototype manufacturing environment, assess the impact, and identify solutions as a member of the subject matter experts.
  • Generate high-quality change control documentation, validation protocols and technical reports by interfacing with Quality, Design Control, keeping future events around Regulatory Affairs, Production and Technology Transfer in mind.
  • Perform an optical measurement system analysis and optical instruments calibration.
  • Define and develop optical specifications and metrology requirements for new prototypes.
  • Provide technical support for new prototype development.
  • Build Zemax models of optical inspection system to generate specifications and perform tolerance analysis.
  • Participate in project team meetings and provide written and verbal updates.
  • Independently plan and carry out research on the nominated research project, with the goal of timely completion of the milestones of the project;
  • Liaise effectively with internal and external collaborators and stakeholders, including the preparation of reports and technical presentations on progress toward project milestones;
  • Assist other researchers in carrying out experiments in order to work as a team;
  • Perform administrative functions primarily connected with the research project, including generating written summaries of discussions, and developing detailed research plans and writing these into a project plan;
  • Publish research outcomes on a regular basis in journals and at leading conferences;
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records of all experiments conducted.
  • Present results at local, and international conferences and other forums;
  • Participant in effective liaison with external networks to foster potential collaborative partnerships;
  • Attend and actively participate in departmental meetings. Perform other tasks as requested by manager.



  • PhD in Applied Optics or Optical Engineering or a relevant discipline;


  • A track record of quality research as evidenced by research publications in leading journals and conferences; An outstanding background in areas relevant to the project including, but not limited to, ophthalmic correction devices and refractive conditions of the eye.
  • Proficient user: C/C++ (Lab windows), Matlab®.
  • Proficient user: Zemax, OSLO or other ray-tracing software.


  • Demonstrated experience in using initiative, working with minimal supervision and ability to prioritise tasks to achieve project objectives within timelines;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated by presentation of research results at conferences, internal forums and through manuscript submissions;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in teams and supervise contributors to a research project. Demonstrated capacity to communicate research concepts to non-technical audiences.
  • Willingness to work extended hours (after-hours/weekends) as needed.
  • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills, including the ability to prioritise effectively and work well under pressure.
  • Proactive with ideas for new procedures or projects.
  • Ability to develop recommendations regarding solutions to improve relevant areas in the organisation. Understands and applies WH&S principles. Understands and applies EEO/AA principles.
  • Aligns to the Institutes code of conduct and values.



  • Deputy Head, Research & Development

Please contact: 

Ravi C Bakaraju BOptom PhD FAAO
Deputy Head | Research & Development | Brien Holden Vision Institute
Phone: +612 93857455  | Email: r.bakaraju@brienholdenvision.org | Skype: bakaraju1