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Senior Instrumentation Optical Engineer
Ref No.: 17-02678
Location: Pasadena, California
Senior Instrumentation Optical Engineer
Pasadena, CA
Direct Hire
Up to $150k a year

Successful candidate will play a key role in the design, fabrication and test of the adaptive optics systems and science instruments including working collaboratively with internal staff, suppliers, and international partners in US, Canada, Japan, China and India.

  • A degree in optical design, optical engineering or equivalent; advanced degree preferred
  • 10 years of experience in optical analysis, design and engineering of large optical systems
  • Significant experience in procuring sophisticated optical systems and monitoring vendors
  • Experience in system engineering, project management, and/or technical contract management is a positive factor
  • Experience with large optical telescopes is a positive factor
  • Regular international travels to visit suppliers within the US, Europe and in Canada, China, India and Japan will be necessary in order to fulfill the duties of this position
  • Must have good project management skills
  • Advanced knowledge and expertise with optical design tools (e.g Zemax or Code V) and methods
    •Advanced knowledge and experience with specifications of optical systems, instrumentation, and methods for optical system fabrication, alignment and test
    •Experience preparing and reviewing optical component fabrication drawing
    •Advanced knowledge of diffraction theory and stray light analysis
    •Familiarity with astronomical adaptive optics systems and their optical components, cryogenic optics, spectrometers, and laser optics preferred
    •A demonstrated ability to develop optical designs and requirements from system performance requirements