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Optical Systems Design Engineer (Optikdesigner/Optikentwickler (m/w) in Jena, Germany)

at Pelican Imaging Corporation in Mountain View, CA   —   Mar 29, 2014   |  
Overview
We are at the forefront of image quality for the camera work at Pelican Imaging. “Poor image in = poor image out”, this is especially relevant in the exciting field of computational imaging. It is our priority to understand and quantify the impact of the lens quality on system performance. We ensure that all subsequent image processing steps, which are at the core of Pelican’s computational array camera, command and produce the best possible input image. We work closely with our partners to improve performance and yield, evaluate alternative optics technologies, and innovate.

Optical Systems Design Engineer (Optics01)

Pelican Imaging is building the next leapfrog technology in computational imaging - with the potential to change every camera in the world.

The Optical Systems Design Engineer will work on the design and development of Pelican Imaging’s next generation lens modules for our cutting edge array camera technology. You will collaborate with our team of expert imaging engineers to define and validate optics-related system and architecture aspects, translate into solid opto-mechanical specifications and/or reference designs, and ensure their manufacturability. You will be instrumental in guiding our external optics manufacturing and camera module integration partners, regarding manufacturing of Pelican Imaging Array Cameras.

This is a full-time position reporting to the Director of Optics, located in Jena (Germany).
Responsibilities
Generate optical benchmark designs for different applications, also taking into account realistic tolerance budgets, yield modeling and screening limit estimation
Support Pelican’s proprietary image simulation pipeline
Specify / document requirements, implementation plans and results
Manage / control our lens suppliers and camera module integration partners
Scout for novel optics manufacturing technologies suitable for the application to array cameras, broaden Pelican’s IP portfolio in the array camera space
Optical characterization of lens- and or camera modules to close the loop to the lens design process
Skills
5+ years experience in developing micro-optical systems particularly for imaging applications
Strongly skilled in Zemax, Code V and/or other optical design programs, MC-tolerancing, Matlab
Experience with high volume, mass production of optical components for mobile phone camera modules and preferably camera module integration technologies
Familiarity with the optical characterization of lens- and camera modules
A background in wafer level optics technology is a plus
Experience in managing suppliers and contractors
Proven track record in project management
Strong communication skills with an emphasis on specification writing, development planning and results analysis/reporting
Ability to travel internationally on a frequent basis
Education
PhD/MS Physics, Optical Engineering or equivalent
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