Optical Design Engineer

  • Category
    Engineering - Design
  • Location
    Edinburgh, City Of Edinburgh
  • External Reference
    JN-032021-171908
  • OrganizationType
    Engineering

On behalf of our Edinburgh based client, we are seeking an experienced Optical Design Engineer to join their organisation.

The ideal candidate will have gained Post-Graduate Degree (PhD preferred) in Optics or Physics with an emphasis in Optical System Design, experience of LightTools and Zemax for illumination system lens design, tolerance analysis and yield estimation. They will also have experienced in first order ray tracing calculations and be familiar with the design of optics to perform illumination diffusing and flattening operations, including micro lens arrays, free form optics and diffractive optical elements.

Role overview:

Woking as part of the Research and Development team, the role will relate to component design for optical products.
The use of simulation tools such as LightTools, CodeV and Zemax to establish design performance, sensitivity to manufacturing variations. The role offers an opportunity to assist in the development of optic design methodology, and the development and of custom design and simulation tools for both refractive and diffractive lenses. You will also be required to work closely with the System Engineers to establish performance of products.

Support Mechanical Design Engineers in tolerance, finite element, and thermal analysis, and optimise the lens designs to accommodate and ease the assembly or module integration.

Collaborate with engineers across multi-disciplinary teams from silicon architecture, sensor design, systems engineering and applications.
Support the product level laser safety certification.

Lead design activity within the project team and coordinate the integration of optical elements into the mechanical design of the product

Play key role within the Module R&D Group in specialising in the development of optical metasurface technology and will help develop design, analysis, industrialisation and characterisation tools.

Close collaboration during the development of tools with the product designers.

Collaboration with external partners to assist with development of new technology, and clear technical communication with key customers will be essential to co-develop custom designs.

Key Skills and Experience:

Post-Graduate Degree (PhD preferred) in Optics or Physics with an emphasis in Optical System Design
LightTools and Zemax for illumination system lens design, tolerance analysis and yield estimation
Experienced in first order ray tracing calculations
Familiar with the design of optics to perform illumination diffusing and flattening operations, including micro lens arrays, free form optics and diffractive optical elements
Experience of optical design for low-cost high-volume manufacturing using injection moulded polymers or replication techniques
Coordination and technical management of 3rd party lens manufacturers in production.
Track record of modelling optical designs as part of a complete system, utilising their in-depth understanding of physics, radiometry and photonics
Experience in development of simulation or analysis tools
Experience with rigorous optical simulation approaches & software (e.g. FDTD)
Strong proficiency with Matlab or Python.
Knowledge of design for manufacture techniques, sensitivity analysis, Montecarlo modelling
Extensive experience in setting-up and performing optical measurements in dark room environment, defining and following relevant laser safety procedures


Please apply on-line with up to date CV.




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