Jenoptik is an international photonics group with representatives in over 80 countries. Optical technologies are the foundation of our business. We employ around 4,000 people worldwide.

Join our team and help to shape our future with lasting effect.

Optical Design Engineer

Job ID:  1590

Huntsville, AL, US

Date:  May 23, 2023


The role of the optical design engineer is to support new product development by performing optical designs and tolerance analysis. They will generate design reports, engineering drawings, lithography mask data, and enter specifications into the manufacturing execution system.


  • Work with sales to create preliminary feasibility and design studies
  • Work with multi-functional teams to design for manufacturability
  • Work with logistics to initiate system specifications in the manufacturing execution system
  • Work with manufacturing to estimate optical performance impact of defects
  • Perform analysis in MatLAB or other programming languages
  • Attend weekly production meetings and offer input as required
  • Performs all other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in Optical Engineering/Science; Physics, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in optics
  • Prefer ZEMAX experience
  • Prefer good understanding of Fourier optics/ Fourier transforms
  • Prefer Matlab experience
  • Prefer Object-Oriented programming experience in C++/C#
  • An understanding of vector and scalar wave modeling is a plus
  • Optical testing and Cleanroom experience is a plus
  • Ability to read and generate simple CAD drawings is a plus


  • Familiarity with Word, PowerPoint, and/or Excel to author technical documentation
  • Ability to work with others in complex management matrix structure
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Must possess “soft skills”: conflict resolution and negotiation, personal effectiveness, creative problem solving, strategic thinking, team building, and influencing skills
  • Expertise in dealing with people effectively and politely
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.


The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands or fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools or controls and keyboarding; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk and hear.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

About Jenoptik

At Jenoptik, people with the specific JENIUS character are changing the world with the power of light. That demands a spirit of exploration and dedication. If you’re one of us, come meet the challenges facing the world. At Jenoptik, we’re creating a better future for all of us.

The Advanced Photonic Solutions division of Jenoptik is a global OEM and machine supplier of solutions powered by photonics. Our engineering expertise excels across a broad portfolio of technologies in the fields of optics, laser technology, digital imaging, optoelectronics, sensors, as-well-as optical test and measurement equipment

In the Semi & Advanced Manufacturing strategic business unit, we serve our customers with high-performance optical systems differentiated by uncompromising precision. In close collaboration with our customers we develop application tailored beam-shaping optics, outstanding microoptics and opto-mechanical assemblies. Off-the-shelf F-theta lenses complement our offering.

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Nearest Major Market: Huntsville