Staff Optical Engineer

Cymer   •  

San Diego, CA

Industry: Semiconductors


8 - 10 years

Posted 269 days ago

This job is no longer available.

SUMMARY This position will support the DUV division of Cymer.  This role specifies, designs, develops and tests optical systems.  May require device-level expertise.  Interacts with mechanical engineering, hardware, and software design teams to assist in overall development of the optical systems.  Primary technical interface for outsourced optical design projects.  Tasks include specifying, selecting and qualifying active and passive optical components, developing and benchmarking optical system performance models, developing and implementing test procedures, and evaluating and selecting appropriate test instrumentation.    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assumes engineering responsibility for module or subsystem design from concept design through manufacturing transfer and ramp.
  • Assumes engineering responsibility for optical component and subassembly test development, data acquisition, analysis, and reporting.
  • Generates optical module or system concepts to meet product requirements.
  • Validates concepts through breadboard builds and analysis.
  • Performs detailed optical design, optical component layout, and ray tracing for new or improved optical subsystems.
  • Performs wavefront measurements and wavefront analysis of optical subsystems and components.
  • Performs optical tolerance analysis at system and subsystem level.
  • Manages a project plan including key deliverables, timeline, and budget.
  • Works with Mechanical Engineers and CAD Designers for prototype and pilot detailed design.
  • Drives full documentation of design including, BOM, drawings, and procedures.
  • Designs verification testing.
  • Manages development activities using the Cymer Product Development Process including concept reviews, design reviews, proto builds, pilot builds, verification testing, etc., with records and completion of all open action items.
  • Analyzes problems in existing systems, plan and conduct investigations, and develop solution proposals.
  • Coordinates all phases in the development of selected optical technologies, from inception through to product release.
  • Develops test plans, creates test procedures, performs tests and data reduction and evaluates test data.  Modifies designs based upon test results.
  • Assembles and tests opto-mechanical and electro-optic prototypes.
  • Interfaces with manufacturing engineering to develop and implement designs that improve manufacturability.
  • Interfaces with purchasing to obtain prototype components for use in assemblies.
  • Interfaces with manufacturing personnel to coordinate the build of modified or new prototype assemblies.
  • Works with CAD personnel to create and/or modify component and assembly drawings.
  • Uses Cymer’s change management process to implement demonstrated product improvements.
  • May provide technical guidance and assistance to lower level optical engineers.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Requires  a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Chemistry or Physics and a minimum of ten (10) years of relevant experience, a Master’s Degree with 7-10 years’ experience or PhD with 5-7 years’ experience.  Advanced degrees preferred.
  • A minimum of four (4) years Optical or Opto-mechanicalDesignexperiencerequired.
  • Experience with product development desired.
  • Experience with Excimer Lasers desired.
  • Experiencedesigning, specifying components for, and building experimental setups and prototype builds.   
  • Experience mounting optical components to minimize mechanically and thermally induced stress.  FEA and modal analysis experiencedesired.
  • Experience with ray tracing.
  • Experience using Optical Design Software (Oslo, Zemax, Code 5, etc.).
  • Experience with Product Development tasks desired (bills of material, interfacing with vendors, procurement of material for prototyping, change management).
  • Ability to translate, statistically analyze data, and effectively report problems through written and/or graphical formats.
  • Ability to use MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and electronic e-mail systems.
  • Ability to conduct systematic experimental measurements with a solid understanding of metrology error analysis.
  • Demonstrated creativity in solving complex optical design problems.
  • In depth knowledge of optical engineering principles.
  • Ability to work either independently or as part of a development team.
  • Self-motivation and ability to work in a fast-moving high-tech environment. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills, with an advanced understanding of customer relationship building.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENTThe physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met 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.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee routinely is required to sit; walk; talk; hear; use hands to keyboard, finger, handle, and feel; stoop, kneel, crouch, twist, reach, and stretch.
  • The employee is occasionally required to move around the campus. 
  • The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • May require travel dependent on business needs.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Can work under deadlines.
  • The environment generally is moderate in temperature and noise level.
  • Must be able to read and interpret data, information, and documents.
  • Can observe and respond to people and situations and interact with others encountered in the course of work. 
  • Can learn and apply new information or skills.
  • Able to work at CAD station for several hours at a time. 
  • Able to put together mechanical assemblies including lifting 25 lbs. from floor to shoulder height.
  • Requires working with a firing laser (which is noisy) on a frequent basis.
  • Requires working in a manufacturing clean room environment occasionally.
  • Requires working with Excimer lasers in noisy environments (requiring ear protection) and potential radiation hazards (requiring eye and skin protection).

We offer competitive salaries and benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401(K), and FSAs.   We are committed to leveraging the diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences of our workforce to create opportunities for our people and the business. EOE