Principal/Sr. Optical Design Engineer

Location: R&D
Req #: 876
Positions Open (#): 1


Do you want to work with an inspiring team that is passionate about innovative solutions where your technical skills are highly valued? Research Electro-Optics is a precision manufacturing firm that designs, integrates and delivers in the areas of high precision optics, thin films and optical assemblies for industry, medicine, life science, defense and lithography.


We are looking for qualified process-focused Optical Design Engineer candidates to join our talented, vision-driven production team who are focused on delivering amazing solutions to our clients. One of the great things about working at REO is that there is never a dull moment -- we solve hard engineering problems so our clients can make the world awesome every day.


Here's what we're looking for:

  • Interest in learning new skills and keeping pace with changing technologies

  • Ability to problem solve and work with others to find the best solution

  • Precision in your work and attention to all details

  • On-point, genuine interpersonal and written communication skills

  • Capability to work independently and self-motivate

  • A passion for craftsmanship

  • Three plus years of hands-on Optical design experience


Reports to:                                         Director, New Products


Primary Responsibility:                Design and modeling of complex opto-electro-mechanical modules and subassemblies for Aerospace & Defense, Semiconductor Capital Equipment and other applications.


Major Responsibilities:

  1. Leading optical design and modeling from concept to mature product design.

  2. Leading development of custom assembly and metrology tooling and fixtures.

  3. Being a part of cross-functional engineering team consisting of Program Managers, Mechanical, Electrical, Thin Film Design, Process, Product, Quality, Metrology and Sustaining engineers and technicians.

  4. Testing prototypes.

  5. Supporting Sales and Business Development Team in winning new business. Interacting with key customers at every stage of the process, starting from feasibility analysis & quote generation and through troubleshooting of mature products in production.

  6. Presenting design and modeling data during Design Reviews (both internal and with customers present).

  7. Mentoring junior engineers and technicians.

  8. Supporting various other activities related to winning new business, developing new products, launching them into production and managing them through product lifecycle.




  9. Subject matter expert in Optical Design and Modeling. Extensive experience (minimum 15 years) designing imaging and non-imaging optical systems. Extensive experience in tolerance analysis, DFM and DFR. Expert in Optical Design Software (Zemax, Code V, FRED, etc.)


  10. Minimum BS in Optical Engineering/Optical Physics or closely related field. Advanced degree preferred.

  11. Experience in designing modules and subsystems for Aerospace & Defense and for semiconductor market segments is highly desirable.

  12. Experience in FEA/Multiphysics analysis is highly desirable.

  13. Open to ambiguity and comfortable working in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment.

  14. Strong leadership and communication skills.

  15. Experience working on cross-functional teams.

  16. Experience in customer-facing roles is a plus.


REO is an Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action Employer

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