Optical Engineer

San Carlos, CA
Engineering – Hardware

Zoox optical engineers should be highly self-driven and expected to work with small teams of multi-disciplined engineers. The optical engineer should be able to design and analyze optical systems using commercial software (Zemax, FRED, etc.), and should be able to communicate effectively with suppliers to convey optical tolerances and manufacturing concerns. After receiving components, the optical engineer should be able to assemble optical systems and design the relevant bench tests to verify optical performance. Ideally, the optical engineer should have experience integrating and testing optical systems with detectors, such as: CMOS, CCD, APD, and Microbolometer arrays.


    • Imaging systems
    • Laser systems
    • Radiometry
    • Geometric optics
    • Lens design and tolerance
    • Stray-light analysis
    • Optical component testing (Lens curvature, Spectral transmission, etc.)
    • Optical system alignment and testing (EFL, MTF, etc.)


    • Opto-electrical system modeling
    • Fiber optics
    • Detector technology (CMOS, APD, Microbolometer, etc.)
    • STOP analysis


Zoox is developing the first ground-up, fully autonomous vehicle fleet and the supporting ecosystem required to bring this technology to market. Sitting at the intersection of artificial intelligence, robotics, and design, Zoox aims to provide the next generation of mobility-as-a-service in urban environments. We’re looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast-moving and highly execution-oriented team.

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