Job Listing Description

Senior Optical Engineer

PDS Tech, Inc. is seeking a Senior Optical Engineer, in Westford, MA.

  • Serve as lead Optical Engineer on one or more ISR-related programs.
  • Derive optical specifications from system performance requirements.
  • Work with other engineering disciplines to refine/determine optical requirements.
  • Perform optical design and analysis using industry standard software (Zemax or CODEV) for high altitude remote sensing applications.
  • Define wavefront error budgets for component and system-level performance.
  • Follow prototype designs from conception through manufacture.
  • Create and/or supervise optics-related technical documentation for production; including coating specifications, alignment specifications, and acceptance test procedures.
  • Work with optics vendors to eliminate manufacturability issues on prototype and production systems.
  • Support design and implementation of optical assembly/alignment tooling.
  • Interact with production personnel to define and solve manufacturing/design issues and implement cost reduction ideas with regard to new and current company products. 
  • Mentor and help train junior Optical Engineers.
  • Stay abreast of current industry trends and techniques relating to optical design, imaging, microscopy and precision alignment.

  • M.S in Optical Engineering, Physics, Astronomy or related.


  • Experience with Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) optical systems.
  • 5+ years of experience with Zemax or Code V Optical Design Software.
  • Willingness and ability to work both individually and alongside a multi-disciplined, dynamic project team.

List of preferred skills (grouped together)

  • Experience with MATLAB or Python.
  • Experience in optical metrology.
  • Experience in optical alignment using interferometry, alignment telescopes, and theodolites.
  • Strong working knowledge of stray light issues in remote sensing applications.
  • Understanding of optical fabrication techniques including machined, molded and diffractive optics.
  • US Citizen Required.

List of competencies:

  • Verbal/written communication, presentation skills.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Proven problem solving skills.
  • Teamwork, multitasking, etc.
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to drive tasks to closure.
  • Managerial, leadership, etc.
  • Proven team leadership ability.

Job Number: 1910107151
Job Location: Westford, MA
Per Diem: No
Duration: 12 months
Input Date: 01/13/2020
Attention: Mike Flanery
Address: 50 FOUNDERS PLAZA STE 304
City, State: EAST HARTFORD, CT 06108
Phone: 860/289-2643
800 Phone: 866/636-4723
Fax Phone: 800/556-5284

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