Optical Engineering Intern

Boulder, CO
Internship (fixed term)
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About us

Double Helix Optics is a team of top talent who have come together to advance scientific research and discovery through high-precision 3D imaging. Our mission is to deliver widespread access to novel imaging techniques by engineering cutting-edge products that spark innovation and uncover new science. We are experts in our fields, collaborators in others, and excited by discovery.

Position overview

We are seeking an optical engineering intern to join a dynamic team that is using advanced computational optics approaches to expand the boundaries of 3D imaging, inspection, and metrology. As a member of a small team, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the company’s R&D and product development activities. You will be mentored by our experienced engineers in your technical and professional development.

The ideal candidate for this position is a forward-thinking self-starter who is eager to dive into key initiatives for the company, including building prototype systems, characterizing opto-mechanical performance, and contributing to R&D design. Applicants should have good working knowledge of optics principles and optical alignment techniques, typical characterization equipment such as profilometers, wavefront sensors, etc., and data analysis in tools such as MATLAB or Python.

Primary responsibilities

  • Participate in concept development, identification of prototype components, opto-mechanical implementation, integration, testing, and performance characterization.
  • Verify that design meets system requirements via optical system setup and experimentation.
  • Perform product performance testing.
  • Analyze measurement data to validate system performance and present results for team review.

Your technical experience

  • Well-versed in a broad range of optical concepts, including geometrical optics, physical optics, Fourier optics, diffractive optics, and illumination.
  • Experience with detailed optical setup and alignment
  • Familiar with optical system tools such as wavefront sensors, spatial light modulators, profilometers, etc.
  • Knowledge of ray-tracing tools such as Zemax or CodeV.
  • Data analysis experience with programming languages such as Python, R, or MATLAB (MATLAB preferred).

Your background

  • Working towards a Ph.D. in optics or related field (preferred), or master’s degree. BS degree with relevant work experience with optical systems will be considered.
  • Highly self-motivated and a solid team player with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and record keeping, clear information presentation skills.
  • Quick learner and interested in acquiring new skills and competencies.
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate effectively with internal and external teams.
  • Knowledge of DHO’s engineered PSF core technologies and related technologies (preferred).
  • Experience in microscopy instrumentation (preferred).

How to apply?

Email your resume and cover letter to Double Helix Optics is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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