Principal HW Development Eng., Microsoft Devices Group on the Surface product in Redmond, WA

TitlePrincipal HW Development Eng.
CategoryHardware Engineering
LocationRedmond, WA
DivisionMicrosoft Devices Group
Date AddedDecember 5, 2014
Open Positions1

The Surface video team is currently seeking an optical mechanical engineer with a passion for technology to deliver camera subsystems for tablet devices. As an engineer on our team you will deliver miniature imaging and illumination optics for high volume products. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to design optical lens systems consisting of multi-element, high volume plastic and plastic plus glass lenses that maximize the optical system's performance while meeting ID and mechanical requirements of Surface products. This includes the optical design, development, documentation, and verification of high-volume, low-cost optics and related parts such as apertures and alignment pieces. Applicants will collaborate with Sensor engineers, system Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design, Electrical Engineering, Process Engineering, Tooling Engineering, Manufacturing, Test Engineering and other camera module MEs in creating high performance camera systems.


The candidate will create lens designs meeting the performance and ID requirements of the overall system, optimizing lens trade-offs and performance for best customer experience; work with the procurement team to evaluate and select lens molding partners and then optimize lens designs based on tooling and process capability of the selected partners. Understanding of industry leading injection molding tolerances and capabilities contributing to lens yield and performance requirements is important.

Minimum Qualifications:

Demonstrated experience designing high volume injection molded lenses as part of a team delivering consumer products for CMOS or similar imaging sensors.
Experience working with Asian lens molders and camera module suppliers.
Excellent interpersonal skills - cross-group and cross-culture collaboration.

Demonstrated ability to perform in a high paced product development environment.

10+ years' experience designing lenses and demonstrated knowledge in the use of lens design and tolerance analysis using tools such as Zemax, Oslo, or Code V required.

Preferred: 5+ years' experience designing with mechanical CAD development tools (i.e. ProE, SolidWorks or equivalent)

Required: 2+ years Matlab and/or Labview experience

Working knowledge and experience with imaging science

Ability to develop test tools to characterize optical and system level performance.

Willing to travel internationally up to 20%.


A MS or PhD in Optical Sciences, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related degree

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.
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