Senior Optical Engineer | Control Vision, Inc.

Date Posted: 
Friday, August 25, 2017
Position Location: 
Sahuarita / Green Valley, AZ
Job Description: 

Control Vision, Inc. specializes in creating optical sensors for challenging environments and applications including 3D optical profilometry and metrology, optical imaging of high luminosity / high temperature processes, remote sensing, and the related mechanical design and controls for industrial, aerospace, and defense customers.

We are looking for a Senior Optical Engineer who can undertake, manage, and complete projects.   This is an opportunity for you to bring your ideas to life, from concept development to final flight test and customer delivery, to work on a small, intimate team developing state-of-the-art technology, and be a part of solving the real-world problems facing industry and our nation’s defense department.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Design, analyze, develop, and test optical imaging systems by applying principles in optics, physics, mechanics, thermodynamics, materials science, and image processing techniques
  • Perform tolerance analysis and make tolerance recommendations to meet system performance and cost requirements
  • Plan, assemble, integrate, and perform tests to evaluate system performance in laboratory and industrial environments
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by continually educating oneself in technical areas necessary for completing current and anticipated projects
  • Work both independently and as a team to complete projects
  • Educate and train other team members in optical sciences and fundamental physics to help grow the technical capability of the company as a whole
  • Limited travel is required

Required Skills:

  • BS and/or MS in Optical Sciences or Engineering or a similar field
  • Alignment and test of optical systems
  • Strong understanding of fundamental optical physics (imaging optics, non-imaging optics, Fourier optics, polarization, diffractive optics, etc.) in all optical wavebands
  • Optimizing optical design for size and weight while maintaining performance
  • Strong presentation skills and ability to articulate a fundamental understanding of an optical system to non-optical engineers and customers
  • Strong interpersonal skills to work with small, diverse staff and the persistence to overcome skills, information, and communications gaps
  • Ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment where major projects change a few times per year and critical interrupting tasks like proposals must be executed quickly.
  • Proficient in MatLab, Zemax, Code V, FRED, or similar optical design software packages
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Must be eligible to obtain US government security clearance (existing clearance desired)

Desired Skills:

  • 5-15 years of experience in optical engineering
  • Optical metrology, remote sensing, hyperspectral imaging, polarimetric imaging, radiometry
  • Strong proposal and report writing skills; prior SBIR/STTR experience is a plus
  • Identify and pursue funding opportunities, and provide optics contribution to proposal writing team
  • Hands-on experience with machine vision systems, opto-mechanical/mechanical assemblies and alignment processes
  • Stray light analysis modeling, simulation, and mitigation
  • Understand and communicate design trade space options including system performance, cost, and the advantages and limitations of a design
  • Deployment of optical sensors in space
  • Experience with in aerospace and defense

Control Vision, Inc. provides comprehensive benefits including competitive salary, discretionary performance-based bonus, medical (with company provided HSA contributions), dental, vision, PTO, education reimbursement, and 401k plan with company match.  Control Vision, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.


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