Display Optics Designer | Apple, Inc

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

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Job Description: 

We are looking for an outstanding optical designer to join a team that is making a big difference in the future of Apple. You will be working on identifying, incubating, prototyping, and productizing new display optics technologies. Your role will cover a broad range of responsibilities including contributing to display optics roadmap, crafting and architecting new optical systems, working multi-functionally to contribute to product and user experience specifications, and working with suppliers to productize these new technologies. The team features a diverse engineering roster including optical engineers, human perception specialists, product design engineers, manufacturing professionals, and experimental physicists. We work at a fast pace and require everyone to be highly self motivated and independent. A successful candidate needs to be a flexible thinker and be able to problem-solve outside of their respective technical area. Join us and do the work of your life!

Key Qualifications

  • Strong technical background in imaging optical system design and analysis, specification development, and tolerancing
  • Fluency in sequen tial and non-sequential optical simulation software (Zemax, CodeV, LightTools, FRED, or similar)
  • Knowledge of polarization optics concepts, diffractive optics, precision optics manufacturing, and optical metrology techniques
  • Motivation to be responsible for a wide span of engineering activities including roadmap definition, developing new insights into products, optical design for manufacturability, prototyping, supplier management, engineering build support, and executive presentations
  • Strong presentation and communication skills, with the ability to simplify complex problems and concepts to clearly communicate across multi-functional teams


- Influence product-level decisions by investigating new optical architectures, analyzing their trade-offs using simulations, and developing specifications and tolerance budgets - Build sophisticated end-to-end optical models including sequential and non-sequential ray tracing, polarization optics, and stray light to propose new optical architectures - Identify and implement optical metrics to deliver performance that matters to user experience and tolerance specifications which guarantee that experience - Analyze architecture trade-offs among performance, manufacturability, schedule, and cost - Lead multi-functional efforts to propose, plan, and execute demos for design validation and user experience prototyping - Influence product level architecture decisions by doing executive demos of prototypes - Build bench-top setups to characterize prototypes, evaluate their optical performance, and correlate the measurements to simulations in order to fine tune predictive tolerance models - Work with suppliers and support engineering build activities including travel to manufacturing sites, performance validation measurements, and failure analysis coordination - Diagnose engineering issues with true scientific method, driving definitive root cause analysis in close collaboration with multi-functional team members - Prepare and deliver executive presentations to clearly communicate technical status, trade-offs, risks, and mitigation strategies

Education & Experience

M.S. or Ph.D. in Optical Sciences, EE, Applied Physics or equivalent

Additional Requirements

  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • - Experience in shipping successful optical systems in consumer electronics space
  • - Experience managing domestic and international vendors
  • - 4+ years of industry experience in related fields

Interested candidates can send their resume to mehmet_mutlu@apple.com