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PDS Tech Inc Senior Optical Engineer in Westford, Massachusetts

PDS Tech, Inc. is seeking a Senior Optical Engineer, in Westford, MA.


  • Serve as lead Optical Engineer on one or more ISR-related programs.

  • Derive optical specifications from system performance requirements.

  • Work with other engineering disciplines to refine/determine optical requirements.

  • Perform optical design and analysis using industry standard software (Zemax or CODEV) for high altitude remote sensing applications.

  • Define wavefront error budgets for component and system-level performance.

  • Follow prototype designs from conception through manufacture.

  • Create and/or supervise optics-related technical documentation for production; including coating specifications, alignment specifications, and acceptance test procedures.

  • Work with optics vendors to eliminate manufacturability issues on prototype and production systems.

  • Support design and implementation of optical assembly/alignment tooling.

  • Interact with production personnel to define and solve manufacturing/design issues and implement cost reduction ideas with regard to new and current company products.

  • Mentor and help train junior Optical Engineers.

  • Stay abreast of current industry trends and techniques relating to optical design, imaging, microscopy and precision alignment.


  • M.S in Optical Engineering, Physics, Astronomy or related.


  • Experience with Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) optical systems.

  • 5+ years of experience with Zemax or Code V Optical Design Software.

  • Willingness and ability to work both individually and alongside a multi-disciplined, dynamic project team.

List of preferred skills (grouped together)

  • Experience with MATLAB or Python.

  • Experience in optical metrology.

  • Experience in optical alignment using interferometry, alignment telescopes, and theodolites.

  • Strong working knowledge of stray light issues in remote sensing applications.

  • Understanding of optical fabrication techniques including machined, molded and diffractive optics.

  • US Citizen Required.

List of competencies:

  • Verbal/written communication, presentation skills.

  • Excellent verbal communication skills.

  • Excellent written communication skills.

  • Proven problem solving skills.

  • Teamwork, multitasking, etc.

  • Proven ability to work in a team environment.

  • Ability to drive tasks to closure.

  • Managerial, leadership, etc.

  • Proven team leadership ability.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.