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Optical Design Engineer

Lincoln, Nebraska
Job Type
2 Sep 2022

Optical Design Engineer


  • B.S. or M.S. in Optical Engineering or Optical Sciences.


  • Demonstrated knowledge and creative abilities in the design and specification of optical systems and subsystems from the component level to the system level.
  • Demonstrated experience using lasers, including laser diodes, and a thorough understanding of laser physics and related Gaussian beam propagation.
  • Demonstrated experience with, and a thorough understanding of optical filtering, including thin film technologies.  
  • Demonstrated skills using optical modeling software tools such as OSLO and ZEMAX.


  • Thorough and strong understanding of optical engineering fundamentals and principles.
  • Solid understanding of optical design, component specification, development, testing, and design for manufacturability.
  • Self starter and highly motivated. Enjoys challenges. Proven drive to achieve goals.
  • High insight, curiosity and problem solving ability. High attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound engineering decisions.
  • Good interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Team player. Enjoys and works well with other people in a team environment.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills in English. Ability to communicate with customers, co-workers, manufacturers. 
  • Dependable, positive attitude and good attendance.
  • High ethics, integrity, honesty, patience.
  • Willingness to travel--to trade shows, technical conferences, customer sites. Occasional overnight and some international travel may be required.

Position Responsibilities

  • Design, specify, develop and test optical components, subsystems and systems, for the development of production instrumentation for both the Environmental and Biotechnology product lines.
  • Participate in product requirement definition and optical architecture development.
  • Interface with customers and marketing personnel to define product features and functions.
  • Interact with both internal and external manufacturers to support new product designs and current product manufacture.
  • Design and validate procedures for evaluating the performance of various optical components, subsystems and systems.
  • Develop efficient optical alignment and performance testing procedures and fixtures for manufacturing.
  • Direct and/or perform system testing to ensure the product meets specifications and expectations.
  • Support the manufacture of both current and future products.
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  • Job Reference: 702702718-2
  • Date Posted: 2 September 2022
  • Recruiter: StarrTrax
  • Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Job Type: Permanent