Optical Design Assistant | NSWC Crane

NSWC Crane
October 16, 2023
January 14, 2024
300 HWY 361, Crane, INDIANA
Job Type
IA Member?
Job Focus
  • Optical Engineering
  • Optical Physics
  • Optomechanical Engineering
Student Standing Desired
  • MS
  • PhD
  • Alumni


NSWC Crane is looking for an optical scientist and/or engineer to assist with optical design tasking. Primary tasking will include assisting with: ingesting vendor design files for analysis, generating system designs for both research projects and updating current systems, and design consultation. Potential secondary tasking includes opto-mechanical design, benchtop optics setup of devices for test and evaluation, and scripting/programming of custom design tools. Optical component design will include conventional optics, freeform optics, meta-/diffractive optics, and gradient refractive index (GRIN) optics.

 Required Capabilities

  • Proficient with basic optical design methods and at least one ray tracing design software package
    • Ansys Zemax OpticStudio
    • Ansys SPEOS
    • Synopsys CODEV
    • Synopsys LightTools
    • LightTrans VirtualLab Fusion
    • Beam4
  • Competent in MATLAB
  • Competent in Microsoft Excel
  • Competent with mathematics including higher order polynomials and integration

Desirable Capabilities

  • Familiarity with opto-mechanical design/CAD software
  • Familiarity with benchtop optics
  • Familiarity with computer scripting/programming (C++ or similar)
  • Familiarity with physical optics design (FDTD, RCWA, other propagation simulation methods)


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