Optical Systems R&D Engineer

Boulder, CO; Hybrid
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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 Summary

We are seeking an optical systems R&D engineer to join a dynamic team that is expanding the boundaries of 3D imaging and ranging technologies using computational optics approaches. As a member of a small team, you will have the opportunity to shape the company’s R&D and product development activities. The ideal candidate is a forward-thinking self-starter who will be responsible for building prototype systems, characterizing opto-mechanical performance, and actively participating in R&D design and transfer to manufacturing. Applicants should have good working knowledge of optical design and performance, typical characterization equipment such as profilometers, wavefront sensors, etc., optical alignment techniques and tolerances that relate to optical system performance, and data analysis in tools such as MATLAB or Python.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Participate in concept development and design, identification of prototype components, optomechanical implementation, integration, testing, and performance characterization.
  • Verify that design meets system requirements via optical system setup and experimentation.
  • Analyze measurement data to determine results and prepare and present results for team review.
  • Perform product performance testing.
  • Travel to partnering labs and/or relevant research conferences as needed.

Key Technical Qualifications

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

Background Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in optics or related field (preferred), or master’s degree with 3+ years’ relevant work experience with optical systems.
  • 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, able and interested in acquiring new skills and competences.
  • 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).

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