bb7 is looking for a Senior Optical Engineer to work with one of our clients that designs and manufactures scientific instruments for laboratory and process control applications serving a variety of markets. The focus of this position will be to design and develop the next generation of microscopes.


  • Develop prototype beam control systems used to integrate ultrafast lasers with existing instruments, from initial concept through bench testing and final optical assemblies. Specific optical technologies include:
    • Harmonic generation
    • Power modulation
    • Beam scanning
    • Pulse picking
    • Active and passive beam stabilization
  • Produce top-level engineering design documents for electro-optical/opto-mechanical systems, including drawings for custom optics, opto-mechanical requirements, top-level mechanical layout, and electrical and software interface specifications
  • Design custom long-range microscope optics and optomechanical assemblies to work in conjunction with laser control systems
  • Participate in cross functional design reviews of complex mechanical, optical, and electronic assemblies
  • Work closely with electrical, software, and mechanical engineers to design, procure, and test prototype systems
  • Specify off-the-shelf imaging optics, cameras, and ultra-violet illumination sources
  • Support the Service and Manufacturing departments via hands-on troubleshooting and phone support as needed
  • Maintain a safe workplace for the development of ultrafast, ultraviolet laser and imaging systems
  • Document new laser sources and manufacturing procedures by maintaining and implementing laser Standard Operating Procedures
  • Perform routine inspections to ensure that laser-safe practices are being effectively implemented and adhered to
  • Complete CE/ANSI testing for Class 1 certification


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Science, Master’s degree preferred
  • 5+ years of related industry experience
  • Self-motivated, team player with proved success in the design and development of complex optical systems
  • Solid, fundamental knowledge of laser systems and Optical Engineering principles
  • Proven track record of bringing complex opto-mechanical/electro-optical concepts from high level design to a modern production
  • Proficiency with Zemax/OpticStudio
  • Ability to produce drawings for optical elements and work with outside vendors to specify tolerances and ensure quality
  • Proficiency with 3D CAD (Solidworks preferred)
  • Proficiency with National Instruments LabView, Mathematica/MATLAB considered a plus
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to present complex ideas in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Ability to work both as an optical designer and with hands-on assembling, testing, and troubleshooting of prototype optical assemblies
  • Proficiency with diagnostic equipment including beam profilers, power meters, and oscilloscopes
  • Familiarity with optical fabrication methods and opto-mechanical design for manufacturability
  • Experience supporting production and service personnel in a real-world, high-tech manufacturing environment
  • Familiarity with ECR processes, quality systems, and inventory control issues
  • High volume and/or ultra-high vacuum experience is considered a plus
  • Flexibility and a willingness to take on diverse challenges and learn new skills outside of the traditional Optical Engineer role as needed to solve problems and ensure team success
  • A hands-on attitude and a desire to work both with prototypes in the lab and with technicians on the production floor
  • Ability to think and act independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees
  • A demonstrated drive for results and a pride in both personal performance and team success

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