Optical Systems Engineer

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Newton, NJ, United States

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Optical Systems Engineer


Sterling, VA 

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Job Description:

Thorlabs Imaging Systems group in Sterling, Virginia designs and manufactures state-of-the-art imaging systems for life science applications. We are seeking a talented, experienced Optical Systems Engineer to contribute to imaging system development, integration, and test.

The successful candidate will join a cross-functional, global team that combines complex imaging hardware with integral software for image acquisition, processing, system control, and calibration. The position requires a keen understanding of optical systems design, opto-mechanical constraints, and imaging techniques.

The individual will be required to assist in bringing new products from prototype to production, with an emphasis on robust and manufacturable designs in a lean manufacturing facility. Occasional participation in detailed technical discussions with customers.


Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong imaging system design, development and integration skills
  • Hands-on experience with assembly and trouble-shooting of laser scanning imaging systems
  • Strong optics and photonics working knowledge, including imaging optics design, simulation, and implementation
  • Solid fundamental knowledge of microscopy techniques, in particular, laser scanning microscopes such as confocal and multiphoton
  • Integration of motion control subsystems into imaging systems
  • Ability to propose creative, robust, and effective image or signal analysis solutions to challenging problems
  • Experience designing and building an advanced imaging system such as Confocal, Super Resolution, etc.

Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • Laser scanning microscopy
  • Nonlinear microscopy
  • Scientific digital cameras and apps
  • Applied MATLAB programming
  • Simulation in Zemax
  • Design of key optical components for Microscopy


Education and Experience:

  • BS minimum to Ph.D. or equivalent in Optics, Electrical Engineering, Physics, or Biomedical Engineering
  • Minimum 5 years of complex system integration and development


Thorlabs values its diverse environment and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status. Job descriptions are not intended as and do not create employment contracts. The organization maintains its status as an at-will employer. Employees can be terminated for any reason not prohibited by law.