Optical Engineer

Pacific Biosciences
Job Location
1380 Willow Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Job Description

Optical Engineer   

An exceptional career opportunity for an experienced and highly motivated optical engineer.  Pacific Biosciences is seeking the best for developing optical instrumentation that will revolutionize DNA sequencing. The Optical Engineer will work with the engineering and scientific teams to define, design and develop complex high performance light source and optical delivery systems for fluorescence-based sequencing. The individual must be a self-starter with excellent engineering and organizational skills.

Potential Responsibilities:
• Define, design, and implement complex illumination systems used for low light level fluorescence detection
• Employ advanced modeling skills for optical performance predictions and tolerancing
• Employ advanced analytical and computational skills to interpret and visualize experimental test data
• Work closely with in-house optomechanical engineers and outside vendors to prototype breadboard systems for experimental verification of design concepts
• Work on projects from concept development stage and bring them to completion at the product delivery stage
• Work with suppliers to design, build and qualify various light sources and delivery systems per the specifications
• Write and negotiate clear specifications and test protocols for custom purchased optical components and systems.
• Work in multi-discipline engineering and scientific teams
• Design, build, and troubleshoot optical test apparatuses. Hands on qualification of incoming optical components.


• Industrial experience in optical design with a track record of moving optical instruments from design concept to product release.
• Education: MS or Ph.D. degree in Physics, Optics or equivalent. 
• Extensive expertise in optical simulation software (Zemax or equivalent) and knowledge of capabilities and limitations of specialized software packages (FIMMWAVE, FRED, BeamProp, ASAP, TracePro, etc.)   
• Knowledge of optics should be demonstrated in some of the following areas: laser illumination sources, fiber optic light delivery, lightwave circuits, laser beam shaping, polarization characterization and maintenance, beam splitting, diffractive optics, micro-lens arrays, micro-optics, integrated optics, MOEMs, and miniaturized systems.
• Experienced in designing for low cost and high volume manufacturing methods
• Extensive experimental skills including optical test methods (interferometry, spectroscopy, polarimetry, and high frequency noise spectra), and design of experiments.
• In-depth analysis and visualization of test data using Matlab or equivalent.
• Experience in handling precision optics and alignment of optical systems
• Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills a must. Demonstrated experience in working within a multi-disciplinary team in a fast paced, technically challenging environment. Technical leadership. Relevant product development and / or industry experience required 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

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