Senior Optical Engineer

San Mateo, CA, US

Job Description / Skills Required

Location: Flexible (San Mateo, CA) – This role requires proximity to an office location with flexibility to work remotely 2-3 days/week with manager approval.

The Role

The Senior Optical Engineer will be responsible for designing and managing development of GoPro’s lenses. 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 collaborate with camera design team and other 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 Excited About

  • Bachelor's / Master's degree in engineering or physics 
  • 5+ 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
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge of image sensor and processing systems is preferred

GoPro Highlights

  • Get your very own GoPro camera + gear
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance – premiums are 100% paid for employees, 80% paid for dependents
  • Life insurance and disability benefits
  • Generous time off policy
  • 12 weeks paid parental leave for new parents
  • Pre-tax and Roth 401(k) options
  • Discounted employee stock purchase plan (ESPP)
  • LiveHealthy monthly wellness reimbursement
  • Innovative remote-friendly wellness classes and events
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Professional + personal development opportunities, i.e. LinkedIn Learning
  • Opportunities to get involved in the causes that you care about (annual camera donation + volunteer events)

We strive for the day that no group can be described as underrepresented at GoPro – whether as part of our brand or in our workforce. We are committed to providing a more inclusive, representative, equal, just and happy world. GoPro is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

GoPro requires that all onsite visitors and workers be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Roles that are designated as remote do not require vaccination to perform the role but will not be permitted to visit GoPro’s office locations if unvaccinated. An exception to this rule may be made if you qualify for an approved accommodation.