Optical System Engineer | Apple

April 11, 2023

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States

Posted: Jan 11, 2023

Role Number:200455005



Apple’s display technology team features a collaborative environment with creative and elite products and pioneering technologies. Team provides opportunities for individuals to contribute across a wide spectrum of subject areas. Outstanding engineering excellence and thoroughness are expected and encouraged. Innovation, IP and patent creation are highly supported and valued. Opening up the boundaries to design and ship innovative products with outstanding technologies and user experiences are the main goals of our team. Join us in crafting solutions the world doesn't know of yet. To be successful, you thrive in a dynamic, agile, multi-disciplinary, and hands-on environment that values engineering excellence, creativity, and innovation.

Key Qualifications

  • Thorough understanding and experiences in imaging optical system design, modeling and performance quantification.
  • Proficiency in one or more optical modeling tools for imaging optics, e.g. Zemax, LightTools, etc.
  • Fast learner with proven foundation in imaging optics, imaging sensor, illumination, and opto-mechanics.
  • Strong analytical model building and problem solving capability
  • Strong quantitative data analysis abilities, using JMP, Matlab, or equivalent tools.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and efficiently across a range of technical subject areas with a broad slate of partners, including management, peers, and suppliers.
  • Experiences in following fields is a plus: OCT, LIDAR, microscopy, AR/VR display, wavefront metrology, and optical grating.


You will be responsible for designing and developing industry leading, factory deployable optical metrology systems for calibrating, characterizing, and testing optical modules and components, during NPI (new product introduction) stage, with the supports from SW/HW cross-functional teams.

Design and specify optical metrology system and key components, e.g. lens, optical relays, image sensing module, photodetectors, light sources,… 

Derive optical metrology instruments’ quantified requirements, through analytics, numerical modeling, and bench-top testing. 

Lead optical instrument vendors for customization when needed. Validate and qualify the instrument performance to meet mass production requirements.

Define calibration & measurement Engineering Requirement Specification (ERS) for optical instruments and automated systems.

Conduct HW/SW validation and FA for optical metrology systems.

Analyze large amounts of lab data and NPI data for validation, FA, and improvement purposes.

Provide crisp and rigorous presentation and report, on subjects listed above. And communicate with a broad range of cross-functional teams.

Require domestic and international travel for work (up to 20%)

Education & Experience

Graduate Degree in Optics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Biophysics, Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent work experience

Pay & Benefits

  • At Apple, base pay is one part of our total compensation package and is determined within a range. This provides the opportunity to progress as you grow and develop within a role. The base pay range for this role is between $130,000 and $242,000, and your base pay will depend on your skills, qualifications, experience, and location.

    Apple employees also have the opportunity to become an Apple shareholder through participation in Apple’s discretionary employee stock programs. Apple employees are eligible for discretionary restricted stock unit awards, and can purchase Apple stock at a discount if voluntarily participating in Apple’s Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You’ll also receive benefits including: Comprehensive medical and dental coverage, retirement benefits, a range of discounted products and free services, and for formal education related to advancing your career at Apple, reimbursement for certain educational expenses — including tuition. Additionally, this role might be eligible for discretionary bonuses or commission payments as well as relocation. Learn more about Apple Benefits.

    Note: Apple benefit, compensation and employee stock programs are subject to eligibility requirements and other terms of the applicable plan or program.

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