Manager, Optical Engineering

Mountain View, CA
About us:
Aeva’s mission is to bring the next wave of perception to a broad range of applications from automated driving to industrial robotics, consumer electronics, consumer health, security, and beyond. Aeva is transforming autonomy with its groundbreaking sensing and perception technology that integrates all key LiDAR components onto a silicon photonics chip in a compact module. Aeva 4D LiDAR sensors uniquely detect instant velocity in addition to 3D position, allowing autonomous devices like vehicles and robots to make more intelligent and safe decisions. 

Role Overview:
Aeva is looking to bring on an Manager of Optical Engineering to join our dynamic, fast-paced, and highly innovative environment. The position will lead 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:

  • Lead a team in designing and analyzing optical systems, including developing optical architectures, evaluating tolerances, manufacturability, light budgets and other trade-offs.
  • Recruit, hire, and mentor, the optical engineering team.  
  • Generate and document new IP
  • Work with the team to generate sequential and non-sequential simulations of optical systems as well as specifications and drawings for components.

What you have:

  • MS or PhD in Optical Engineering, with 10+ years of experience in the design and development of optical systems
  • 5+ years experience maturing designs from proof of concept to production
  • 5+ years managing a team
  • Expert user of ZEMAX, Code V, FRED or similar optical design and analysis tools. Some familiarity with all three.
  • 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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