Senior Optical Engineer at Illumina (San Diego, CA)

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The Senior Optical Engineer will be part of a group focused on innovative optical systems for next generation DNA sequencing. The engineer will be responsible for design, testing, and integration in an interdisciplinary team environment. The engineer will be a self-starter, analytically oriented, with a hands-on approach to testing and integration.

  • Innovate novel, robust, and cost-effective optical system designs and solutions to new market challenges
  • Design, assemble, align, test, troubleshoot, and integrate breadboards to demonstrate feasibility
  • Collaborate with cross-functional, global teams (mechanical, electrical, software, fluidic, etc.)
  • Collaborate with vendors to develop complex custom optical components and modules; manage vendors through specifications, statement of work contracts, and other technical interactions
  • Juggle multiple projects while keeping up with aggressive timelines

  • PhD or MS in Engineering, Physics, or related discipline

  • 5 to 10 years hands-on experience with optical instrumentation
  • Familiarity with both component-level and system-level optical specification and design
  • Familiarity with optical alignment methodologies and equipment
  • Familiarity with optical test methodologies and equipment
  • Proficiency in design and analysis using ZEMAX or similar software; familiarity with both imaging and non-imaging illumination design
  • Strong and proactive communication and presentation skills
  • Drive for seeing projects through to successful completion
  • Ability to participate in cross-functional, global teams

  • Familiarity with fluorescence microscopy is a plus
  • Familiarity with opto-mechanical tolerance analysis is a plus
  • Proficiency in SolidWorks is a plus
  • Proficiency in MATLAB for image and data analysis is a plus

Listed responsibilities are an essential, but not exhaustive list, of the usual duties associated with the position. Changes to individual responsibilities may occur due to business needs.

Concerns regarding COVID-19 continue as positive cases are experienced in the communities in which we operate. Please be aware that, as a condition of employment, Illumina may require proof of COVID vaccination in accordance with local statutory requirements (subject to limited exceptions) beginning November 1, 2021.

At Illumina, we strive to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace by cultivating an environment in which everyone contributes to our mission. Built on a strong foundation, Illumina has always been rooted in openness, collaboration, and seeking alternative views and perspectives to propel innovation in genomics. We are proud to confirm a zero-net gap in pay, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or race. We also have several Employee Resource Groups (ERG) that deliver career development experiences, increase cultural awareness, and demonstrate our collective commitment to diversity and inclusion in the communities we live and work. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to providing employment opportunity regardless of sex, race, creed, color, gender, religion, marital status, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, pregnancy, military or veteran status, citizenship status, and genetic information. If you require accommodation to complete the application or interview process, please contact [email protected] To learn more, visit:
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Illumina operates in the Biotech industry. The company is located in San Diego, CA, Madison, WI, Foster City, CA and San Diego, CA. Illumina was founded in 1998. It has 7400 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 37 open jobs at Illumina, click here.
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