Sr. Optical Engineer | Control Vision, Inc.

Date Posted: 
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Position Location: 
Tucson, 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 Sr. Optical Engineer who can support the development and production phases of optical sensor system programs. Typical assignments include optical analysis such as radiometry and sensor performance modeling, prototype development with optical component suppliers, sensor testing, and troubleshooting of EO/IR systems. The candidate will work with other Optical Engineers, and support multiple teams and engineering disciplines including Electrical, Software, Mechanical, and Optical Engineering. This is an opportunity for you to bring your ideas to life, from concept development to final 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:

  • Work as part of an optics team to design, analyze, develop, and test optical imaging systems by applying principles in optics, physics, mechanics, thermodynamics, materials science, and image processing techniques
  • Translate customer needs to system optical requirements. Develop and lead optical testing to evaluate system performance in laboratory and industrial environments
  • Conduct analysis and data reduction of test results
  • Perform system level performance modeling and analysis
  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by continually educating oneself in technical areas necessary for completing current and anticipated projects
  • Support business development efforts, proposal writing, and new optical systems development
  • Interface with engineers of our customers, present project status and results to internal and external customers
  • 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, MS and/or PhD in Optical Sciences or Engineering or a similar field
  • Strong proposal and report writing skills
  • Strong understanding of fundamental optical physics (imaging optics, non-imaging optics, Fourier optics, polarization, diffractive optics, etc.) in all optical wavebands
  • 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/analysis software packages
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
  • Must be a US Citizen

Desired Skills:

  • 5-10 years of experience in optical engineering
  • Knowledge of image processing algorithms and their application
  • Optical metrology, remote sensing, hyperspectral imaging, polarimetric imaging, radiometry
  • 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
  • Experience 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,  and 401k plan with company match.  Control Vision, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.


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