Sr. Optical Systems Engineer

    • Job Tracking ID: 512256-599751
    • Job Location: West Henrietta, NY
    • Job Level: Any
    • Level of Education: Any
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: November 30, 2017
    • Years of Experience: Not Applicable
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:

Job Summary:

The primary responsibilities of the individual are to be an implementer of prototype and system designs & maintainer of a professional optical engineering support lab by assisting in the integration and testing of new camera designs, system and electro-optical debugging, and the generation and release of support documentation. The individual operates as part of a team, interfacing with optical, mechanical, and system and testing engineers. Good problem-solving and communication skills are required along with a strong results-oriented work ethic. The individual should be able to read and understand data sheets, manuals, and mechanical drawings and must maintain orderly records of procedures & results for future reference. The candidate must have the ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and push hard to meet deadlines.

Qualifications and Competencies:

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides technical expertise in the building and testing of prototype optical systems including first builds of new lens assemblies, electro-optical systems, and custom metrology equipment.
  • Assists in creating and defining assembly processes and procedures to transition products from prototype to production.
  • Translate customer and program specifications into test procedures and develop quality plans for product validation and verification.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Bachelors (4 year) degree in Optical Technology or other Engineering/Technology discipline with a minimum 3 years of experience in R&D, or a AAS (2 year) degree in Optical Technology or other Engineering/Technology discipline and 5+ years of experience required.
  • Manual dexterity to handle optical components.
  • Observational sensitivity to notice the subtle issues that arise during building, aligning, and troubleshooting optical systems.
  • Care in handling, cleaning, and assembling optics - from large (several inches diameter) to small (<2 mm diameter).
  • Disciplines of data capture, organization, analysis, and basic numerical modeling in Microsoft Excel.
  • Openness to keep in touch with colleagues on progress and problems and to work in a collaborative manner.
  • Familiarity with basic concepts of geometrical and physical optics: Focal length; Conjugates; Magnification; Seidel Aberrations; OPD; Interference Fringes; Diffraction effects; Dispersion; Resolution; etc.
  • Technical writing - ability to document and communicate procedures and results using Microsoft Word & PowerPoint.
  • Mechanical skills such as dimensional measurement to confirm that parts are in tolerance, and ability to do minor machining (drill press, end mill, lathe, etc.) to make / modify fixtures if needed.
  • Familiarity with Zemax to analyze lens models for MTF, sensitivity of toleranced parameters
  • Familiarity with SolidWorks (or similar solid modeling program) to create basic components for 3D printing (such as fixture plates, rings, etc.).
  • Candidate MUST be creative and have ability to solve technical problems
  • Experience with Optical and Electro Optics testing such as MTF, distortion, interferometry
  • Experience with integration and debugging of Electro Optics.
  • Proficient in use of standard electronic equipment such as Oscilloscope, Volt Meter, Lab computer.
  • Camera or Video experience.
  • Experience with Schematics and BOMS.
  • Ability to read and understand Manuals and Family Trees.
  • Industry Experience in camera or video electronics design/development highly desirable, but other scientific/measurement instrument experience may be comparable. Experience with electro optic targeting systems a plus.


This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Rochester Precision Optics is committed to leveraging the talent of a diverse workforce to create great opportunities for our business and our people.


In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States, and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

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