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Senior Optical Systems Engineer

Excelitas Technologies Corp.
Salem, US
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

Job Details

ENABLE your future through light.

Excelitas is a global technology leader with more than 7,500 employees, focused on delivering market-driven solutions to fulfill the illumination, optical, detection and imaging needs of OEMs and end-users across the biomedical, semiconductor, industrial, consumer products, scientific, security, defense and aerospace sectors.

ENGAGE with us today and make your contribution to the future! Join the team that leading technology companies turn to for cutting-edge photonic innovation. At Excelitas Technologies you are how we EXCEL.

Our facility in Salem, Massachusetts has key positions in Sales, Product Development, Engineering, Manufacturing, and other disciplines. The Salem site has 12 distinct product lines serving some of the world’s most recognizable brands in both the commercial and defense markets. Our product portfolio includes Xenon flashlamps, Xenon flashlamp systems, high-energy switching devices, high-voltage power supplies and rubidium atomic frequency standards.

We are presently seeking a Senior Optical Systems Engineer that will be responsible for the HIDL Systems division designs and builds power conversion products and flash lighting products for custom requirements in the medical, semiconductor, industrial, security inspection and research equipment markets. Our engineering projects range in scope from concept-through-production of new systems to minor modifications of existing products.

Main responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Electrical and Mechanical Engineering team members to design guided arc flash lamps and support electronics;
  • Provide optical test results to verify designs meet or exceed established requirements;
  • Work with the business front end to establish product requirements and support customer inquiries;
  • Generate formal documentation necessary to capture optical design elements;
  • Develop assembly diagrams or work instructions as needed to support prototyping efforts that may also form the foundation for production documentation;
  • Manage laboratory equipment necessary to support Optical Engineering efforts;
  • Creatively solve problems with new product designs to improve manufacturability, reliability, or achieve specification compliance;
  • Lead formal design reviews regarding new and proposed lamp and systems designs;
  • Assist in prototyping efforts for new product designs;
  • Write Engineering Change Orders, Field Repair Bulletins and Temporary Deviation Authorizations as required in support of development programs.


  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required;
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in systems level optical design and development;
  • Experience using Zemax or other comparable optical design software;
  • Capable of designing optical systems using mirrors, lenses, filters, reflectors and other optical elements to direct and use light emitted from point sources;
  • Experience in illumination sources and spectroscopy applications;
  • Proficient in light source measurement and characterization;
  • Ability to work in a lab environment with hands on testing of prototypes and assessing field returns;
  • Experience using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel and Power Point for use in documentation generation and summary presentations.

Effective January 4th, 2022, it will be mandatory for every Excelitas employee to be adequately vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemption requests from this vaccination requirement will be considered to accommodate medical conditions and sincerely held religious beliefs.

This position requires the use of information which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

Visa sponsorship is not available for any position at Excelitas

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Minorities/Females/Disability/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation

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Excelitas profile imageExcelitas is a leading industrial technology manufacturer focused on delivering innovative, market-driven photonic solutions for our customers. Serving a range of applications across biomedical, scientific, semiconductor, industrial manufacturing, safety, security, consumer products, defence and aerospace sectors, we stand committed to enabling our customers’ success in their many end-markets.

Why work for us
We know our work has a greater purpose. As technology innovators of the future, we push the boundaries of what is possible. Our open-minded and passionate approach to everything we do gives meaning to our photonic solutions. We Engage with smart minds to maintain a creative and empowering work environment. We Enable our employees by providing the tools and resources that allow them to achieve their full potential. Finally, we Excel in what we do, and we reward hard work.

Training and development
Our employees represent our values, and we aim to create an environment where everyone can fully contribute to the business, while enjoying significant career-development opportunities and personal growth.

We value every team member and recognize that everyone contributes to our success in varying and meaningful ways. Everyone is given ample opportunity to develop, and each employee is accountable for their own growth and development in partnership with the company.

Graduate schemes
Our graduate programmes vary depending on location and role. We will develop a tailored plan to make sure you get both on-the-job and external training whether you are an engineer, a scientist or you are looking to start your career in any other speciality for which we recruit.

While many of our roles may not specifically say “graduate” we actively encourage graduates to apply for suitable roles via our vacancy postings on our website.

What we are looking for
We are always looking for passionate and dedicated people. We want problem solvers, as our customers come to us for solutions to their technology challenges. We also need good communicators as we work in global, multi-disciplinary teams and engage with our customers to present the best solutions for them.

Excelitas works across a wide range of sectors from biomedical to semiconductor and so offer diverse opportunities. If you share our photonic interest and passion, we want to hear from you.

Main sites in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, China, Indonesia, Phillipines and Singapore

Number of employees

Main areas of research
Biomedical, scientific, semiconductor, industrial manufacturing, safety, security, consumer products, defence and aerospace

Positions recently recruited for
We recruit across a wide variety of sectors from R&D to manufacturing, supply chain, programme management, sales and support functions

Desired degree disciplines/class
Undergraduate or postgraduate degree in electronic, mechanical, software, systems or optical engineering or physics. Some roles may require a level of professional qualification

Eligibility to work in UK/EU/US

How to apply
Visit our careers page

Closing date
All year round

Tel +1 855-382-2677

Find Us
+1 855-382-2677
200 West Street
4th Floor East
Massachusetts 02451
United States

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