Optical Engineer

Vector Atomic

Pleasanton, CA, USA

Full time


Oct 15

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Vector Atomic is hiring Optical Engineers to build ultraprecise quantum devices for applications including autonomous/GPS-free navigation, high-bandwidth satellite communications, and geophysical exploration. In this hands-on role, you will be responsible for turning breadboarded optical designs into rugged, packaged modules. We are seeking strong individual contributors that take ownership of their work while supporting overall team goals. Our rapidly growing team of 35 brings an innovative but practical approach to developing quantum devices. If you'd like to work on transformational technologies in a dynamic, team-oriented environment, come join our team!

What You'll Do

  • Optical system design and packaging for environmental robustness (thermal, mechanical, etc.)
  • Micro-optic design and assembly
  • Design for manufacturability; automated assembly and characterization;
  • Design, prototype, and build custom lasers and laser modules; develop/source components


  • BS in optical engineering (MS/PhD preferred) or a related field + 2 years of relevant experience
  • US citizenship or Permanent Residency (Green Card) required by US export control laws

Hands-on expertise with several of the following:

  • Narrow linewidth CW lasers (Diodes, DPSS, Fiber lasers, etc.)
  • Experience with wavelengths spanning 400-1550 nm
  • Active optical devices including EOMs, AOMs, and VOAs
  • Polarization optics (Waveplates, polarizers, PM fibers)
  • Optical fiber and laser diode coupling and collimation
  • Fiber fusion splicing (PM, specialty, and small core fibers)
  • Precision bonding and assembly techniques
  • Optical metrology and beam characterization (Photodetectors, beam profilers, polarimeters)
  • Simulations of Gaussian beam propagation, ray tracing, tolerance analysis, light scatter, etc.

This position requires more than 80% onsite work. Vector Atomic adheres to all state and local ordinances regarding COVID-19 safety protocols.


Vector Atomic values teamwork, open and honest discourse, and work-life balance. We are an employee-owned company with competitive compensation and benefits including:

  • Platinum-level family health coverage (medical, dental, vision)
  • Health and dependent care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Employer 401(k) contributions
  • 20 days of paid time off & 10 paid holidays
  • Paid parental leave
  • Stock ownership plan
  • Fully stocked kitchen

Vector Atomic is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, or any other classification protected by law.

Vector Atomic does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third-party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers or HR team.

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