Optical Engineer | Sense Photonics

Date Posted: 
Monday, April 12, 2021
Position Location: 
San Francisco, CA
Job Description: 

Sense Photonics is seeking an experienced and creative optical engineer for our Edinburgh Design Advanced Research & Development Centre. The candidate will play a critical role in building the next generation of LiDAR systems for autonomous vehicles, UAVs, industrial automation, and other applications. The position will focus on developing manufacturable solutions for the challenging needs of our systems. We are looking for a person with deep technical expertise, experience modeling, simulating, and designing modules that transferred to mass production, and who is a hands-on experimentalist as well, with an ability to construct free-space optical systems for characterization and validation. The candidate should be a team player who is keen on tackling intellectual and technological challenges, and who is interested in working in an exciting space in a fast-paced start-up environment.


  1. Optical design and analysis, with documentation - imaging and illumination - for Lidar systems.
  2. Work cross-functionally and with external vendors to implement the designs 
  3. Develop and implement optical setups for characterization of optical modules


  1. Strong, in-depth understanding of geometric optics with sound knowledge of optical systems and components.
  2. Specific experience in optical modeling, in LightTools (preferred) or Zemax, using sequential and non-sequential ray tracing
  3. Proven experience in hands-on characterization of optical systems


  1. BS/MS/PhD in Optical Engineering or equivalent with experience
  2. 2+ years of experience in industry or equivalent research work.


We are passionate about building the next generation of LiDAR systems for autonomous vehicles, UAVs, industrial automation, and many other applications. Our core technology – protected by over 200 patents – enables a simple, high-performance, solid-state solution with no moving parts that can uniquely meet the rigorous performance, reliability, and cost requirements of the automotive industry. Sense Photonics was founded in 2016 and is based in Research Triangle Park, NC with offices in Edinburgh, UK, and in Silicon Valley. We are well-financed, backed by several top-tier venture capital firms, and have already developed strong customer traction for our solution. We are building an innovative world-class company that designs and builds the world’s best 3D sensors. Sense Photonics is also an equal opportunity employer – all applicants will be given equal consideration.


Anurag Gupta