Arizona Optical Systems (AOS) is seeking a Principal Optical Systems Engineer to join our engineering team in the development of advanced imaging and metrology systems for our aerospace and astronomical business areas. A primary role of this position is to provide technical leadership to multidisciplinary engineering groups within AOS, and to engage in hands-on design, manufacture, integration and testing of advanced optical systems that push the state of the art in the areas of optical imaging and metrology. Other important roles of this position are to work with the company directors in developing technology roadmaps for future business opportunities related to optical systems and also to provide technical expertise to existing programs.
The successful candidate must have a thorough understanding of optical engineering principles, significant optical design experience, as well as strong analytical skills to lead the engineering groups on various AOS programs that require custom high performance optical systems. We are seeking a candidate that can equally provide a rigorous analytical solution to a challenging design problem or can step back and take a common sense approach to evaluate a problem from a different solution space.
This is an outstanding opportunity to join a highly motivated, growing, and successful young company offering excellent compensation, and benefits, as well as an exceptional work environment.
Leads engineering team and coordinates tasks for design, development and production of optical systems
Develop designs for optical systems, including optical systems requirements and specifications, production and integration plans, and test methods to ensure that the design complies with customer requirements
Plans research and develop efforts aimed at advanced technologies applied to testing and producing optical systems
Provides support to the engineering and production departments by troubleshooting critical processes and providing technical expertise
Perform top level technical trade studies to evaluate, choose and optimize technical performance and manufacturability of potential concept
Coordinate with other technical team members on experimental and risk reduction design problems
Provide practical, hands-on optical fabrication and test skills from personal previous experience
Provide significant contributions to problem solving related to metrology systems, data collection, analysis, and data interpretation
Support technical meetings with customers, including design reviews and other milestone events
Write technical proposals for new business
Provide expertise to assist in generating cost models and budgets for new proposals
Document and demonstrate solutions and results by developing reports, diagrams, charts, etc.
Generates technical papers to present at scientific conferences
Job Skills and Qualifications:
Ability to work closely with potential and current customers
Ability to architect, specify, and test complex optical systems
Ability to understand and generate accurate fabrication and test budget
Understanding of performance testing and validation of optical systems and components
Hands-on experience with lasers, opto-mechanical and electro-optic components and systems
Ability to use Zemax or equivalent optical Raytrace software
Ability to use Matlab programing language to analyze optical performance data
Ability to produce cost estimates for conceptual optical systems
Experience with optical metrology instrumentation highly desirable
Strong problem solving and communications skills
Experience in producing typical report packages, such as CoDR, PDR, CDR, using Powerpoint
Experience in optical fabrication and test of precision optical imaging and metrology systems
Understanding of optomechanical principles is highly desirable
Master’s Degree or PhD in Optics or similar fields, with 10 or more years of experience working with optical systems
Demonstrated ability to design, specify, build and test complex optical systems
Candidate must be a US person under ITAR regulations
Arizona Optical Systems, LLC (AOS) is a leading manufacturer of precision optical systems for the aerospace and astronomical communities. Founded in 2009, AOS maintains a team of engineers and technical specialists that have core competencies in optical manufacturing and testing, as well as the design of optical, opto-mechanical, adaptive optics and motion control systems.
AOS specializes in th...e fabrication of optical systems and components up to 2m in diameter. AOS has developed specialized manufacturing and test equipment enabling the production of cutting edge optical components, including extreme aspheric surfaces: on-axis or off-axis, convex or concave, as well as large reference spheres or flats.
Our goal is to utilize our expertise in specialized optical processing and metrology to offer industry an unprecedented level of quality and efficiency in the fabrication of complex optical systems and components.
Located in sunny Tucson, Arizona, AOS is a fast growing company and we are continually searching for highly qualified professionals to work on the development and manufacture of high performance optical systems.