SENIOR OPTICAL ENGINEER, Microsoft Devices Group in Redmond, WA

CategoryHardware Engineering
LocationRedmond, WA
DivisionMicrosoft Devices Group
Date AddedFebruary 11, 2015
Open Positions1

MDG- Microsoft HoloLens Team is continuing to revolutionize consumer electronic devices. The team that incubated Kinect and profoundly redefined the way people interact with technology is ready to change the world again! We are growing team of experienced device product developers, working in a startup environment on redefining experiences with epic technology innovation.

We are developing ground-breaking hardware, software and experiences across computer vision, machine learning, human-computer interaction, and image and video processing, networking and graphics. We will transform our ideas into reality through shipping a first-to-market product.

This role will be part of the Display Engineering team that will design and build exciting, innovative products. Applicants will also need to demonstrate the ability to work concurrently with Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design, Electrical Engineering, Process Engineering, Tooling Engineering, Manufacturing and Test Engineering in creating innovative Optical systems.

This position requires a high level of experience in developing testing platforms for next generation optical systems including but not limited to imaging and display systems. The goal of this position is to create test platforms to enable development and characterization of new designs, engineering validation during the product development cycle, and quality assurance and calibration during mass production. The development is for testing at the component, subsystem, and system level. The applicant will also assist in the development of product specifications, design analyses, risk analysis and contingency plans, design reviews, manufacturability assessments, verification of design durability and reliability. Applicant must have a strong working knowledge all aspects of optical testing and optical metrology. Applicant must have a strong working knowledge of radiometry and photometry. Strong analysis skill-set in statistics and tolerancing is required. A strong working knowledge of optical tooling and fabrication methods is desired, and applicant will be responsible for creating all relevant and appropriate industry standard testing documentation to support programs. Ability to develop contracts, manage and review vendors, contractors and other resources in order to ensure compliance with Microsoft's quality and reliability standards and worldwide agency requirements. Applicant must be able to travel to design and manufacturing locations throughout the world to include Asia and Europe.

Minimum Qualifications:
Excellent interpersonal skills - cross-group and cross-culture collaboration.

Proven capability to develop test tools to characterize optical and system level performance.

7+ years of industry related experience to include the system development of optical systems, lens design, illumination design, plastic optics design, plastics, prototyping, tooling, and high volume manufacturing assembly lines.

Some knowledge of a broad range of optics including imaging, illumination, radiometry and photometry, physical and geometric optics, statistics, and polarization. Working knowledge of sources (lasers and LED's), spatial light modulators, diffractive optics, optical materials, and thin films optics

A documented history of increasing responsibilities and decision-making experience.
Strong working knowledge of typical tools used in optical design such as Zemax, FRED, or ASAP.
Prefer someone with a strong background in development of test automation using Labview, Matlab, Mathamatica or another program which enables custom analysis and automation of complex metrology.
Experience developing high-volume (millions of products/year) and consumer products preferred.
Working knowledge and experience with color science and colorimetry

International travel to Asia or Europe up to 25% required

A MS or PhD in Optical Sciences, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related degree with 7+ years relevant experience.


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