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Sr. Optical Design Engineer

Lincoln, Nebraska
Job Type
2 Sep 2022

Sr. Optical Design Engineer


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


  • Minimum seven (7) years of industry experience in the design, development and manufacturing of commercial laser based instrumentation systems. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with laser diode based systems incorporating external cavities is highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in production-centric laser alignment techniques.
  • Sustained record of independent creative design activity and expertise with optical systems and subsystems.
  • Sustained record of product development and problem solving experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and creative abilities in the design and specification of optical systems and subsystems from the component level to the system level.
  • Demonstrated skills using optical modeling software tools such as OSLO, TracePro, and ZEMAX.
  • Ability to mentor and train others to accomplish technical goals.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of LabVIEW software is highly desired.


  • Demonstrated strong understanding of optical engineering fundamentals and principles.
  • Demonstrated strong understanding of optical design, component specification, development, testing, and design for manufacturability.
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound engineering decisions.
  • Demonstrated creativity and high insight, curiosity, problem solving ability, and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated strong abilities in both verbal and written communications in English.
  • Demonstrated ability to listen and understand.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in teams, with multiple disciplines and cultures.
  • Is a self-starter and self-motivated.
  • Demonstrated high ethics, integrity, honesty, perseverance.
  • Willingness to travel--to trade shows, technical conferences, customer sites. Occasional overnight and some international travel may be required.

Position Responsibilities

Technology Development
  • Develop new optical technologies and technological capabilities for use in Environmental instrumentation products, especially related to systems utilizing gas-phase spectroscopy methods and techniques utilizing lasers, wide-band optical sources, and external cavities. This includes developing intellectual property, trade secret capabilities and new core competencies in optical technology and optical manufacturing methods.
Product Development and Current Product Support
  • This position will be an optical team leader in the design, specification, development and testing of optical components, subsystems and systems, for the development and support of instrumentation for the Environmental product line.

          They will:

  • Participate in product requirement definition.
  • Contribute to the optical architecture development.
  • Lead the design, development, specification, assembly, alignment, testing and documentation of optical components, sub-systems and systems.
  • Design and validate procedures for evaluating the performance of various optical components, subsystems and systems.
  • Interact with both internal and external manufacturers to support new product designs and current product manufacture.
  • Develop efficient optical alignment and performance testing procedures and fixtures for engineering and manufacturing.
  • Direct and/or perform system testing to ensure the product meets specifications and expectations.
  • Support the manufacture of both current and future products.
  • Mentor and train other engineers.
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  • Job Reference: 702702678-2
  • Date Posted: 2 September 2022
  • Recruiter: StarrTrax
  • Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Job Type: Permanent