Senior Optical Scientist | Nikon Research Corporation of America

Date Posted: 
Thursday, October 29, 2015

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Position Location: 
Tucson, AZ
Job Description: 

Nikon Research Corporation of America (NRCA) is seeking a highly motivated and creative optical scientist to work on the development of solutions to various optical design challenges in areas such as biomedical engineering, ophthalmics, large scale metrology, and microlithography.

Time frame: This position is open from October 2015

Duration:  This is a long term salaried position with benefits.

Candidate background:  A PhD with 2-5 years of experience, or an MS with equivalent additional experience, in optical sciences or a related field.

  • Experience in bio-optics or bio-medical engineering is highly desirable
  • Thorough understanding of geometrical and physical optics
  • Strong undergraduate level background in mathematics and physics
  • Proven ability and interest in working with experimental and special purpose optical systems
  • Proven ability and interest in creative modeling of optical systems
  • Experience using optical design and modeling software such as FRED, ASAP, LightTools, CODEV, Zemax, RSoft, etc.
  • Experience using high level programming languages such as MATLAB, Python, or Mathematica
  • Some experience programming with lower level languages such as C/C++
  • Good communication skills, particularly in the area of preparing and delivering presentations on a weekly to daily basis

Ideal candidate

The ideal candidate has a very strong background in geometrical optical design and at least a basic knowledge of linear systems theory as it applies to optical systems (Fourier optics), as well as some experience in bio-optics or bio-medical engineering. The candidate should have a strong background in modeling optical systems using commercial software and, when needed, their own software.  The candidate has a strong analytical background, is highly creative and is able to  propose  innovative solutions to difficult problems. He/she also has excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with a small team of talented individuals.

Nikon Research Corporation of America

Nikon has an open position for a PhD (or possibly MS) level candidate to join our highly talented optical design team in Oro Valley/Tucson, Arizona, developing optical engineering solutions to a variety of problems. As a research and development arm of Nikon Corporation, Nikon Research Corporation of America (NRCA), based in Belmont California, is involved in development technologies for most of Nikon business units including semiconductor lithography, flat panel display lithography, imaging products, industrial metrology, and medical businesses.

Nikon is committed to providing a comprehensive package for the health and welfare needs of our employees:

  • A diverse international workforce
  • Competitive compensation
  • Cash bonus plan
  • 401K or pension plan
  • Excellent medical, dental, prescription, vision, and life insurance programs
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • Voluntary spouse and dependent life insurance programs
  • Voluntary long term care and prepaid legal plans
  • Tuition assistance to encourage continued development and growth
  • Flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care expenses
  • Employee discount program for Nikon products
  • Confidential Employee Assistance Program
Dan Smith PhD
Principal Scientist
Nikon Research Corporation of America