Optical Design Engineer | Melles Griot

Date Posted: 
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Position Location: 
Carlsbad, CA
Job Description: 

Seeking UofA Optical Sciences Ph.D. for Greater San Diego growth-oriented Optical Design Engineering opportunity.

I represent the team the R&D team at Melles Griot, a major optical components design and manufacturing company and specifically serve the Health and Science Business Unit’s Center of Innovation (R&D team). 

That team designs, manufactures and sells optical components for use in medical devices, diagnostic appliances and instruments and is experiencing tremendous growth through developing end to end Optical Subsystems for such device customers.

The solutions fall in the Physical Optics category, including multi-element lenses (often with 10 elements or more), LED and laser illumination, complex mirrors, sensors and more.  Since the designs are highly complicated, the process relies heavily on simulation tools. The team's most senior Optical Design Engineer announced his retirement and we seek to hire a protege who’d work under his guidance and mentorship for the next 1 to 2 years.

The solutions here are non-traditional, highly creative and commonly very complex. And since the broad customer base develops diverse set of instruments, the work is varied, interesting and challenging.  The role would initially work as a protege doing high level design and heavy simulation work in Zemax and Code V and then ideally assume the leadership position when he retires.

This role is based in Carlsbad (coastal North San Diego County) in this company's R&D design center.  This area features temperate climate, beautiful beaches, lots of year-around outdoor activities, reasonable cost of living and excellent work / life balance.

Required skills include: 

  • Foundational knowledge in Physical Optics
  • Strong Zemax simulation skills
  • Experience with design of complex, multi-element optics / lenses, illumination design and other components. 
  • Strong communication skills are key as the role, with team, works directly with customers.

The company and team are invested substantially in growth, so great headroom and opportunity exist.  Competitive salary, benefits, growth opportunity and mentorship are offered.

We are open to relocating the right candidate.


Please contact Doug Wierenga for discussion and details. 

Doug Wierenga
408.884.3851 Direct