Bruker Corporation

  • Optical Engineer

    Job Locations US-CA-Santa Barbara
    Posted Date 1 month ago(6/19/2019 11:13 AM)
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    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    As one of the world’s leading analytical instrumentation companies, Bruker covers a broad spectrum of advanced solutions in all fields of research and development. All our systems and instruments are designed to improve safety of products, accelerate time-to-market and support industries in successfully enhancing quality of life. We’ve been driving innovation in analytical instrumentation for 50 years now. Today, worldwide more than 6,000 employees are working on this permanent challenge, at over 70 locations on all continents.


    Bruker is looking for an Optical Engineer to design and integrate optical elements of the Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) product lines. The Optical Engineer works closely with the hardware and software teams to develop the overall optical systems architecture and implement this in our next generation products.  The responsibilities include design, develop, build and test of robust, modular optical systems for our portfolio of AFM products.  This individual will be involved in all aspects of the product development process from concept to commercialization (e.g.: technology research, proof-of-concept, design, analysis, characterization, optimization and documentation).




    This position will work primarily on optical systems or sub-systems, their design, development and integration with the overall product.

    Typical responsibilities include:


    • Design and development of optical systems based on optic, photonic and laser technologies
    • Specifying, selecting and qualifying optical components
    • Building and testing of prototype optical systems and work closely together with the hardware and software teams to integrate this in the full system prototype
    • Benchmark optical system performance and develop and implement test procedures
    • Productize the optical system design for robustness, ease of use, manufacturability, serviceability and regulatory compliance
    • Generate design and product documentation
    • Provide multi-discipline support to production and service by resolving technical issues related to optical parts and sub-systems



    • Candidates must have a BS degree, or higher, from an accredited program in optics, applied physics, or related field with at least 2yrs of relevant work experience; or a PhD without experience; or equivalent experience.
    • Experience in the specification, design, and evaluation of optical sub-systems utilizing active and passive optical components including lenses, mirrors, lasers, optical detectors and manual/automated methods of adjustment.
    • Hands-on experience in aligning optical systems, including infrared based systems.
    • The preferred candidate will have experience with scanning probe microscopy and design experience with infrared or quantum cascade lasers in the context of scientific instrumentation, industrial metrology or similar products.
    • System modeling experience with programs such as SolidWorks, Matlab, LabView is desired, as is experience with optical simulation tools such as ZEMAX.
    • Knowledge of problem solving methodologies, industry standards and regulations strongly desired. Ability to manage multiple projects in a dynamic, collaborative environment required.  Should be hard working, team oriented, bright, creative, driven to push the boundaries of technology!


    Bruker Corporation offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including medical, dental, 401(k), paid vacation, holidays, and tuition assistance (as applicable).


    Bruker is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.


    Certain positions at Bruker require compliance with export control laws and as a result, all interviewed candidates for all positions will be screened pre-interview to determine their eligibility in light of export control restrictions. 


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