IDEX Optical Systems Engineer in Rochester, New York

Title: Optical Systems Engineer

Business Unit: Melles Griot (Rochester)


55 Science Parkway

Rochester, New York, 14620

United States

Function: Engineering


SUMMARY : This position is responsible for developing system architectures, participating and / or leading the design, tolerancing, and build of optics based instruments and assemblies. This position is required to support OEM business and the product development goals of the company, and to support ongoing production. Other functions may be assigned and management retains the discretion to add or change duties.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • In-depth understanding of first order optics and aberration theory.

  • Keen understanding of integrated optical systems involving the integration of light sources, imaging optics, light sources, motion control, image processing and other key sub-systems and technologies.

  • Ability to interface with customers to determine their needs, to present options and results in a manner consistent with good business sense.

  • Ability to generate optical systems and components specification from system-level performance requirements.

  • Generate top-down architecture design, conduct in-depth analytical trade studies of possible technical approaches, topologies, tools and architectures. Develop designs for optical components, systems and products utilizing product specifications; perform functional and physical verification of the design.

  • Support setting up a design methodology integrating optical and mechanical design activities and using advanced simulation tools and processes selection.

  • Provide accurate and detailed requirements documentation for procurement and fabrication of optical components.Provide accurate test requirements and support design/ verification of test fixtures.

  • Interface with opto-mechanical and CAD designers to define tooling, optical mounting, and human interface requirements based on predicted worst-case optical tolerances.

  • Ability to explain optics-related issues to non-optical or non-technical persons.

  • Attention to detail.Demonstrate persistence in identifying the cause of unusual results.

  • Ability to work independently and complete complex tasks without step-by-step instructions.

  • Ability to generate accurate personnel, materials, schedule and budgets requirements in support of complex engineering proposals, and meet those estimates.

  • This job position requires compliance with ITAR Regulations. Therefore, all employees working in this capacity must meet citizenship status. Per the CVI Melles Griot Export Controls Policy and Procedure, the employee must be a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident .

  • Supports company values including ethical conduct and high integrity in all actions.

  • Complies with health and safety policies and procedures.

  • Complies with the Clean Room Protocol when in a clean room environment.

  • Willingness to mentor less experienced personnel

  • Provide optics designs support through product manufacturing.


  • Ability to operate in a multi-tasking environment and with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to write technical reports in concise and accurate English, and present the results orally as required.

  • Ability to work with test technicians to develop and debug test procedures

  • Working knowledge of optical test and evaluation equipment such as MTF benches, interferometers and photometers, and able of specifying such equipment.

  • Hands-on laboratory skills for assembly, alignment, calibration, and evaluation of optical systems.

CROSS TRAINED IN THESE DUTIES (Back up required by ISO Certification):

  • Ability to work with test technicians to develop and debug test procedures.


  • Supervisory - none

  • Lead - Dependent upon the Team Project.

EQUIPMENT UTILIZED : The equipment described here must be used by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Computer and various software programs

  • Office machines (phone, fax, copier, calculator, telephone)

  • Other machines, equipment and tools, as required, to complete duties and responsibilities listed above.

  • Inspection and test equipment

  • Personal protective equipment, as required

  • Clean room attire, as required


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS : To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The successful candidate must have a BS (MS preferred) in a related Engineering discipline, fifth year college or university program certificate; and 10+ years relevant experience with modern optical lens design methodologies. Direct experience in the specification and testing of optical based integrated systems. Proficient with one or more optical design software packages such as CodeV (preferred), Zemax, ASAP, Trace Pro. Proficiency in Matlab, LabVIEW, Visual Basic or other software languages is desirable.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management and public groups..


Ability to comprehend and apply principles of advanced calculus, modern algebra, and advanced statistical theory.


Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.,) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.


  • Membership in OSA and/or SPIE encouraged


  • Ability to type minimum of 40 WPM and good skills for Word and Excel.



Results Focused (Non-Managers):

Targets and achieves results, prioritizes tasks, overcomes obstacles, accepts accountability.

Customer Focus:

Builds customer confidence, is committed to increasing customer satisfaction, sets achievable customer expectations, assumes responsibility for solving customer problems, ensures commitments are met, solicits opinions and ideas from customers, responds to internal customers.


Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, adjusts plans to meet changing needs


Generates new ideas, challenges the status quo, takes risks, supports change, encourages

innovation, solves problems creatively.

Interpersonal Skills:

Enhances others self esteem in interactions, utilizes empathy to build rapport, asks for help in solving problems, demonstrates good listening skills, asks clarifying questions, stays open to other viewpoints, manages distractions and interruptions, builds strong relationships across departments and divisions, operates within the organization’s formal and informal structures, uses allies to build consensus and create results, is appropriately diplomatic, understands others roles and perspectives, can sell projects and ideas across the organization, is flexible/open-minded, negotiates effectively, solicits performance feedback and handles constructive criticism.

Job Knowledge:

Understands duties and responsibilities, has necessary job knowledge, has necessary technical skills, understands company mission/values, keeps job knowledge current, is in command of critical issues, demonstrates a sense of urgency in executing duties.


In attentive to detail and accuracy, is committed to excellence, looks for improvements continuously, monitors quality levels, finds root cause of quality problems using effective problems solving skills, owns/acts on problems.


Meets commitments, works independently, accepts accountability, handles change, sets personal standards, stays focused under pressure, meets attendance/punctuality requirements.


Deals with others in a straightforward and honest manner, is accountable for actions, maintains confidentiality, supports company values including ethical conduct, treats others fairly and with dignity and respect, maintains good reputation of the self and the organization, acts as a responsible citizen, protects the environment and natural resources.

Work Environment/Safety:

Promotes mutual respect, keeps workplace clean and safe, supports safety programs.

This position may require lawful access to ITAR/EAR controlled information and employees in this role will need to meet those requirements. Requirements include US Citizenship or US Permanent Resident.

Reporting and Location:

This position is based in Rochester, New York and reports to the Director of Engineering, or his/her designate.

IDEX Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity.

IDEX is an equal opportunity employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

REQ ID: 1366