Senior Optical Engineer

San Mateo, CA, US

Job Description / Skills Required

About GoPro

GoPro, Inc. is transforming the way people capture and share their lives. What began as an idea to help athletes self-document themselves engaged in sport, GoPro has become a mobile storytelling solution that helps the world share itself through immersive content.

GoPro offers a fun and fast-paced work environment with passionate and motivated people who have a drive to learn, innovate and succeed

The Senior Optical Engineer will be responsible for designing and managing development of GoPro’s Optical Systems. The Engineer will specify the details of optical lenses, characterize, design and validate the performance of the lenses, and manage relationships with top-tier optical vendors. In addition, the position will interact with camera design team and cross-functional teams to bring new optical systems to mass production. The ideal candidate will have expertise in lens design and manufacturing, and industry experience in a high volume lens production environment.

What You Will Do

Own all aspects of lens design, innovation, qualification, release to production, manufacturing bring-up and sustaining support
Define and simulate detailed optical requirements based on future product needs
Analyze lens prescriptions and provide design guidance to vendors to ensure specifications are met: optical performance, stray light analysis, tolerance analysis, manufacturability
Supervise prototype and production lens testing to validate performance meets GoPro’s specifications
Develop and manage internal processes and procedures to streamline design efforts, optimize testing and encourage innovation
Manage relationships with lens vendors to ensure performance requirements, schedule and budget are met
Collaborate cross-functionally with product definition, camera design, quality, operations, vendors and contract manufacturers to ensure product excellence and consistency
Create new solutions and develop new technologies in optics to continually innovate and disrupt consumer digital imaging systems
Provide mentorship, technical guidance and project review for optical team members

Skills We’re Stoked About

S. or M.S. in engineering or physics
10+ years of experience in lens, optical system design and production environment
Expertise in Code V or Zemax; Stray light analysis (Fred or LightTools) a plus
Industry experience in lens manufacturing
Expertise and experience in lens design for digital cameras, automotive, security or mobile
Strong knowledge of and experience in specifying lens design and performance parameters
Experience in testing and characterizing lens performance
Experience in designing and testing the optical front-ends of digital camera systems (i.e., lens-sensor combination)
Experience in international vendor management
Strong communication skills
Knowledge of image sensor and processing systems is strongly preferred


Your own GoPro Camera (Mounts and accessories included)
Live it. Eat it. Love it. – Two dedicated hours during your week to explore your passions and capture it with your GoPro.
Employee commuter shuttles throughout the Bay Area (San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose)
Employee discounts on GoPro products and other industry discounts
Paid Time Off Programs
Medical, Dental & Vision – premiums are fully paid for employees
Life Insurance & Disability Benefits
Company 401(K) Match
LiveHealthy Program – Monthly benefit toward participation in wellness activities
Awesome wellness program including onsite fitness classes, health screenings, farmers market and more!
Subsidized onsite cafeteria
Fully stocked break rooms on each floor!