Optical Engineer

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Santa Monica, CA, United States
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powertofly approved What Snap Inc. Has to Offer:

Snap Inc. calls themselves a camera company but you know them as the people behind Snapchat! Snap Inc. aims to improve the way people live and communicate by empowering people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together. They offer their employees great benefits like:

  • 401k
  • Paid maternity, paternity, and family caregiver leave
  • Comprehensive medical coverage
  • Programs to encourage all kinds of fitness: financial, mental, & physical
  • Snap Inc. is a camera company. We believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. Our products empower people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together.

    Snap Lab is home to the Spectacles brand and a world-class research & development team, working together to pave the way for the future of the camera — and innovating how creative computing will be overlaid on the world around us.

    We’re looking for an Optical Engineer to join Snap Inc! You'll be part of a camera and optics group, responsible for the development of potential future AR display hardware, as well as prototyping and verification of display systems. Working from our Boulder, Colorado office, you’ll collaborate with User Research, Image Quality, Mechanical, Electrical, and Software to develop new display prototypes, verify display performance, develop testing hardware, software, and procedures for Snap Lab. 

    What you’ll do:

    • Working with the optical design team, you will prototype novel display systems
    • Tolerance and sensitivity analysis based on the optical design, opto-mechanical design, and prototyping partner tolerances and design rules.  
    • Characterization of the full display system and its individual projection and combiner components.  
    • Root cause analysis of discrepancies between the system model and performance measurements.
    • Detailed analysis and measurement of performance as a function of use case and environmental condition
    • Transition of display system and component designs to prototyping partners.
    • Travel to supplier facilities for product development and prototyping bring-up

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
    • Knowledge of compact AR display systems, projectors, waveguides, manufacturing and testing
    • Knowledge of projection components such as LCoS, DLP, micro-LED, and laser scanners
    • Knowledge of optical combiner technologies
    • Knowledge of diffractive and holographic optical elements
    • Skills in radiometry 
    • Skills in image data manipulation and computation and interpretation of standard display quality metrics
    • Knowledge of radiometric measurement and calibration using spectrophotometers and colorimeters  
    • Ability to work independently and manage internal and external resources

    Minimum Qualifications: 
    • 5+ years of experience prototyping, analyzing, and testing AR display systems
    • Bachelor's degree optical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science or related field, or equivalent practical experience

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience with rapid prototyping and 3D printing
    • Experience with the assembly of miniature optical systems
    • Experience with CodeV, Lighttools, and Solidworks or the equivalent
    • Experience with Python/Matlab for data analysis

    At Snap, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to create innovative products that improve the way people live and communicate. Snap is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. EOE, including disability/vets. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please don’t be shy and contact us at accommodations-ext@snap.com.

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    Optical Engineer
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