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IDEX Optical Systems Engineer (Hybrid role) in Carlsbad, California

If you’re looking for a special place to build or grow your career, you’ve found it. Whether you’re an experienced professional, a recent college graduate or somewhere in between, IDEX is a place where you can apply your existing skills and learn new ones in an environment where you can make an impact.

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Who is IDEX Corporation?

IDEX (NYSE: IEX) is a leading global manufacturer of diversified products in industries ranging across health, science, safety, fire, and fluidics. IDEX includes the legacy companies of Melles Griot, Semrock, and Finger Lakes Instruments (FLI). Operating in 24 countries, IDEX is an innovative and growing company, focused on delivering excellence through diverse, winning teams. We’re a global provider of applied solutions serving a variety of markets. These include life science and medical technologies, process industry and infrastructure-related applications, industrial/municipal fire, and rescue - to name just a few.

Life Science Optics (LSO):

Our newly opened Optics Center of Innovation (COI) in Carlsbad , is an R&D-focused team that sits at the leading edge of high-end optics and photonics for life sciences. Focused on assisting partners at every stage of the development process, we invest in people and infrastructure to drive bold ideas and pragmatic solutions. With its optics/photonics-rich foundation of talent, many from Melles Griot, universities, and supporting businesses, Carlsbad is the ideal location to elevate your career with fascinating work and endless opportunities.


The LSO group is currently looking for a talented engineer (level based on experience and education) to join its seasoned RD&E team. This is an optical and laser engineering role having both wide-ranging technical needs as well as requires some knowledge depth in the area of illumination modeling. Design work includes architecture layout of laser diode-based illuminators, specification of key optical components, Zemax modeling, and analysis of illuminators/laser engines. The role will require lab experience so to aid in the build and test of prototype illuminators. Data analysis skills that facilitate manufacturing reliability predictions based on prototype performance are a plus.


  • In-depth knowledge and the ability to apply concepts of optics and laser physics for optical imaging systems, beam shaping, and beam delivery are required.

  • Ability to model and optimize 3D optical systems.

  • Comprehensive experience with designing and prototyping bench-top optical systems is preferred.

  • Experienced and knowledgeable in laser physics and Gaussian beam propagation

  • Interface with optomechanical and CAD designers to define tooling, optical mounting, and human interface requirements-based tolerances

  • Ability to generate lens requirements, coating requirements, and optical system requirements from customer interactions and documents.

  • Design feasibility experiments for optomechanical sub-systems, at times, using simulation tools in support of R&D prototypes and production processes

  • Attention to detail. Demonstrate persistence in identifying the cause of unusual results – good problem solver

  • Responsible to analyze test data and conducting statistical analysis

  • Complies with the Clean Room Protocol


  • A Bachelor of Science degree in an optics-related Engineering discipline with 2 to 4 years of relevant experience or a Master’s degree in a directly related field with 2 years of relevant experience.

  • Writing technical reports in both detailed written format and concise pictorial oral presentation format.

  • Working knowledge of optical test and evaluation equipment – familiar with photometric/radiometric measurement

  • Direct experience in the specification and testing of optical-based integrated systems.

  • Experience with one or more optical design software packages such as Zemax


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IDEX Health & Science LLC, a Unit of IDEX Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity.

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Job Family: Engineering

Business Unit: CVI

Job Segment: HST Health & Science Technologies