Principal Optical Engineer

Mountain View, CA
About us:
Aeva is building the next generation of sensing and perception for autonomous vehicles and beyond. With its unique ability to measure instantaneous velocity for each pixel, long-range performance at high resolutions, while being free from LiDAR or sunlight interference, Aeva’s 4D LiDAR is built from the ground up at silicon photonics scale for mass-market applications.

Role Overview:
Aeva is looking to bring on a Principal Optical Engineer to join our dynamic, fast-paced, and highly innovative environment. The position will contribute to the design, development, and testing of complex optical sub-components and systems used within Aeva’s LiDAR coherent sensing system.

What you'll be doing:

  • Design and analyze optical systems, including developing optical architectures, evaluating tolerances, manufacturability, light budgets and other trade-offs.
  • Perform sequential and non-sequential simulations of optical systems.
  • Direct specification development for detailed drawings of optical components 
  • Generate and document new IP

What you have:

  • MS or PhD in Optical Engineering, with 8+ years of experience in the design and development of optical systems
  • 3+ years experience maturing designs from proof of concept to production
  • Expert user of ZEMAX, Code V, FRED or similar optical design and analysis software tools
  • Experience in tolerance analysis, Stray-light and ghost analysis.
  • Experience with precision optical, micro-optic and/or fiber optic components
  • Hands-on and laboratory skills in setting up, testing, validating, and troubleshooting of optical, fiber optic and opto-mechanical subsystems
  • Knowledge of limitations fabrication of optics (molded, polished, diamond turned) as well as micro structures

What's in it for you:

  • Be part of a fast paced and dynamic team
  • Very competitive compensation and meaningful stock grants
  • Exceptional benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, and more
  • Unlimited PTO: We care about results, not punching timecards

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