Senior Optical Design Engineer

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Senior Optical Design Engineer


Sterling, VA 

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Job Description:

The position is part of a cross-functional, global team developing complex imaging hardware with integral software for image acquisition and processing, system control, and calibration. The position is responsible for assisting in bringing designs 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. Although the location of the position is in Sterling, VA, from time to time it may be required to undertake duties at other ThorLabs locations.

Essential Job Functions include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Develop optical designs for complex microscope systems including wide-field, confocal, and multi-photon imaging applications. Related tasks include:
    • Setting optical requirements and specifications
    • Conceptual design and optical layout
    • Detailed simulation and optimization using ZEMAX software tools
  • Work with senior team members to establish a sound system architecture across multiple product lines.
  • Assist in bringing new products to market, with an emphasis on robust and manufacturable designs in a lean manufacturing facility. Related tasks include:
    • Coordination with vendors and in-house facilities to fabricate optical elements
    • Hands-on prototype assembly and evaluation
    • Creation of technical documentation required for production
  • Develop and maintain product development schedules
  • Occasionally participate in detailed technical discussions with customers
  • Research and present recommendations for development of new capabilities or technologies for long-term product development.



  • Minimum 7 years of complex optical system design utilizing ZEMAX simulation software.


  • M.S. or equivalent in Optical Design

Specialized Knowledge and Skills:


  • Strong imaging system design, development, integration, and troubleshooting skills
  • Strong optics and photonics working knowledge, including imaging optics design, simulation, and implementation
  • Solid fundamental knowledge of microscopy techniques, in particular wide-field imaging, confocal and multiphoton laser scanning microscopes.
  • Hands on experience with optical metrology techniques and equipment
  • Expert in ZEMAX simulation software
  • Applied MATLAB programming
  • Design of key optical components for Microscopy

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.