Senior Optical Engineer

Boulder, CO
Quantum Engineering /
Full-time /
At Atom Computing, we’re building quantum computers with arrays of optically-trapped neutral atoms, empowering researchers and companies to achieve unprecedented breakthroughs. Join an incredible team of scientists, engineers, and business professionals to advance the state of the art in quantum technologies that will transform computing performance.
Atom Computing is seeking an Optical Engineer to help lead the design of opto-mechanical subsystems and to help build them out and develop fixtures and processes for their precision alignment and assembly. 

Job Requirements

    • Partner with mechanical engineers and physicists to iteratively design optical subsystems in the areas of laser distribution, high numerical aperture microscope imaging, and optical cavities
    • Analyze and make recommendations to the engineering team for balancing competing requirements
    • Create novel designs and specifications of optical systems and subsystems from the component level up to the system level
    • Evaluate suitability of design solutions by performing detailed tolerance and stray light analysis
    • Develop alignment procedures for optical designs
    • Assist in hands-on assembly and precision alignment of finalized optical designs
    • Characterize the performance of optical subsystems
    • Capable of lifting and moving objects that weigh up to 25 pounds.

Experience & Education

    • Bachelor’s degree in Optical Sciences or Optical Engineering, advanced degree a plus
    • 5+ years optical design experience
    • 2+ years of hands-on optics assembly experience in a laboratory environment


    • Experience in the design of high-numerical-aperture imaging systems
    • Experience with Zemax, FRED, or equivalent ray-tracing software
    • Experience with Onshape, Solidworks, or equivalent 3D CAD design software
    • Understanding of optical cavities a plus
    • High attention-to-detail and accuracy
    • Creative, critical thinking with ability to strategize and solve problems in a dynamic environment
    • Ability to work effectively in an open, collaborative environment
    • Excellent communication, listening and people skills
Atom Computing provides a wide variety of perks and benefits, including fully paid medical, 
dental, and vision insurance for our employees and their dependents. Additionally, unlimited paid time off, 401K company matching, short- and long-term disability, FSA, dependent care benefits, and life insurance.  We also offer drinks, snacks, and catered team lunches in our offices, every day!
The base salary range for this position is between $125,000 - $165,000, commensurate with experience. In addition to salary, we offer an annual bonus and equity in the company. 
Atom Computing is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to Workplace Diversity.