IDEX Optical Engineer, Senior in Carlsbad, California

Title: Optical Engineer, Senior

Business Unit: Melles Griot (Carlsbad)


2051 Palomar Airport Road, 200

Carlsbad, California, 92011

United States

Function: Engineering


This position is responsible for evaluating feasibility of Laser and LED based illumination systems, and for the design, tolerances, manufacturing support, and testing design of such systems. This position is required to support OEM business and the product development goals of the company, and to support ongoing production. Other functions may be assigned and management retains the discretion to add or change duties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • In-depth understanding of first order optics and aberration theory.

  • Ability to interface with customers to determine their needs, to present options and results in a manner consistent with good business sense.

  • Ability to generate optical systems and components specification from system-level performance requirements.

  • Generate top-down architecture design, conduct in-depth analytical trade studies of possible technical approaches, topologies, tools and architectures. Develop designs for optical components, systems and products utilizing product specifications; perform functional and physical verification of the design.

  • Support setting up a design methodology integrating optical and mechanical design activities and using advanced simulation tools and processes selection.

  • Provide accurate and detailed requirements documentation for procurement and fabrication of optical components.Provide accurate test requirements and support design/ verification of test fixtures.

  • Interface with opto-mechanical and CAD designers to define tooling, optical mounting, and human interface requirements based on predicted worst-case optical tolerances.

  • Ability to explain optics-related issues to non-optical or non-technical persons.

  • Attention to detail.Demonstrate persistence in identifying the cause of unusual results.

  • Ability to work independently and complete complex tasks without step-by-step instructions.

  • Ability to generate accurate personnel, materials, schedule and budgets requirements in support of complex engineering proposals, and meet those estimates.

  • Supports company values including ethical conduct and high integrity in all actions.

  • Complies with health and safety policies and procedures.

  • Complies with the Clean Room Protocol when in a clean room environment.

  • Willingness to mentor less experienced personnel

  • Provide optics designs support through product manufacturing.

  • Ability to operate in a multi-tasking environment and with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to write technical reports in concise and accurate English, and present the results orally as required.

  • Ability to work with test technicians to develop and debug test procedures

  • Working knowledge of optical test and evaluation equipment such as MTF benches, interferometers and photometers, and able of specifying such equipment.

  • Hands-on laboratory skills for assembly, alignment, calibration, and evaluation of optical systems.


The successful candidate must have a BS (MS or PhD preferred) in Optical Engineering, fifth year college or university program certificate; and 10+ years relevant experience with modern optical lens design methodologies. Direct experience with refractive, reflective, diffractive, and electro-optical elements. Proficient with one or more optical design software packages such as Zemax (preferred), CodeV, Trace Pro.

  • Experience with laser and LED illumination systems.

  • Experience in non-sequential raytracing (Stray light analysis)

  • Expert user of optical design software.

  • Knowledge of Optical Alignment techniques and design.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate technical material.

  • Ability to operate in a multi-tasking environment.

  • Success in this position requires frequent communication with peers and management.These relationships must be built on respect, integrity, cooperation, teamwork and professionalism.

  • Excellent problem solving and project management skills.

  • Proficient with Microsoft software.

  • Moderate noise (business office with computers and printers, light traffic noise, etc.)

  • Travel: Occasional

IDEX is an equal opportunity employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

REQ ID: 1954