IDEX Sr. Optical Systems Engineering Principal (Greater Rochester Area) in West Henrietta, New York

Title: Sr. Optical Systems Engineering Principal (Greater Rochester Area)

Business Unit: IH&S (IVD/BIO)


1180 John Street

West Henrietta, New York, 14586

United States

Function: Research and Development



Highest level opto-electro/opto-mechanical systems engineering contributor

within IDEX health & Sciences optics business focusing on Life Sciences

and IVD instrumentation platforms. Designs or modifies designs of extremely

complex systems, subsystems, or components. Plans and directs major

projects. Determines and analyzes design approaches and parameters which

best fill all engineering requirements. Performs design changes for product

improvement/upgrades. Performs complex or unusual tests on equipment.

Develops advanced methods/techniques for testing and evaluation. Designs,

builds, and tests complex prototype equipment and products. Determines part

specifications and prepares cost estimates for projects, including

material, equipment, and supply requirements. Resolves extremely complex

engineering problems. Provides project leadership, technical consultation,

work direction, and training to lower level personnel. Works without

appreciable direction on assigned projects/programs. Participates in

determining objectives of assignments.


  • Plans and implements product development programs, including definingthe project philosophy, activities, milestones, and staff requirements,per customer requirements

  • Designs feasibility experiments, facilitating the design anddevelopment of an R&D prototype, engineering model, pre-production,model, and the final production model

  • Oversees the day to day development activities including managing thework of engineers and technicians when they are assigned to thespecific project

  • Develops and maintains a schedule and budget for the assignedengineering project

  • Controls expenditures within limitations of project budget

  • Identifies project staffing requirements and coordinates staffing withsupporting organization managers

  • Coordinates the preparation and delivery of project deliverables,design documents, and bid packages

  • Recommends project personnel to specific phases or aspects of theproject such as technical studies, product design, preparation ofspecifications and technical plans, and product testing

  • Reviews product design for compliance with engineering principles,company standards, customer contract requirements, and relatedspecifications

  • Coordinates activities concerned with technical developments,scheduling, and resolving engineering design and test problems

  • Directs integration of technical activities and products

  • Evaluates and approves design changes, specifications, and drawingreleases

  • Prepares interim and completion project reports

  • Complies with health and safety policies and procedures

  • Supports company values including ethical conduct and high integrity inall actions


  • Production test station & process concept development

  • Interfaces with customers to provide status reports to ensure customerneeds are met

  • Provides status and progress reports to customer, project team, andmanagement

  • Provides training to production and technical personnel


Leads team projects


The equipment described here must be used by an employee tosuccessfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonableaccommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities toperform the essential functions.

  • PC, Printer, copier, fax machine, scanner, phone, calculator

  • Oscilloscope

  • Microscope

  • Spectrometers

  • Optical detectors

  • Power supplies

  • Beam profiler

  • Mode masters, RFSA, Hi-Res SA, diode drives, automatic test stations

  • Laser goggles

  • Clean room Smock, Bonnet, Gloves


  • Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in a technical discipline or equivalent; and

  • Sixteen years related experience and/or training;or

  • Equivalent combination of education and experience


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical

journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to

common inquiries or complaints from customers regulatory agencies, or

members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles

for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to

effectively present information to top management, and public groups


Ability to comprehend and apply principles of advanced calculus, modern

algebra, and advanced statistical theory. Ability to work with concepts

such as limits, rings, quadratic and differential equations, and proofs of



Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide

range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with

nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes,

etc.,) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of

abstract and concrete variables


  • Extensive experience in developing complete instrumentation platforms

  • Precision imaging including diffraction-limited optical systems

  • Motion control (fast focusing stages, sample handling systems)

  • Lasers, LEDs, cameras, and detectors (image sensors)

  • Optical systems for laser/LED illumination

  • Instrumentation architectures include software/firmware consideration

  • Chemical and biological assays as they impact instrumentation design

  • Flow cells/microfluidics consumables impacting instrumentation design

  • Consumable optical flow cells in automated instrumentation

  • Experience in liquid handling systems

  • Ability to operate in a multi-tasking environment

  • Success in this position requires frequent communication with peers andmanagement

  • These relationships must be built on respect, integrity, cooperation,teamwork, and professionalism

  • Excellent problem solving and project management skills

  • Ability to lead program teams

  • Proficient with Microsoft software

  • Proficient with MathCad, Live Math, Igor Pro, Optical Design software

  • General knowledge of operations, including procurement, planning,manufacturing, test engineering, and quality systems

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

  • Working knowledge of optical test and evaluation equipment such as MTFbenches, interferometers, and photometers, and able to specifying suchequipment

  • Hands-on laboratory skills for assembly, alignment, calibration, andevaluation of optical systems

  • Must be able to travel approximately 30% of the time in geographiclocations where customs and cultures are unfamiliar



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform

each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are

representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable

accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to

perform the essential functions.


  • Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in a technical discipline or equivalent AND

sixteen years related experience and/or training OR equivalent

combination of education and experience

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

REQ ID: 2035