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Optical System Engineer - Camera Hardware

Cupertino, CA


Posted: Jan 29, 2024

Role Number:200508553

Why Apple? We live in a mobile and device driven world where knowledge of the physical world around us is needed. We rely on this knowledge to get around, to learn about our environment and to enable spectacular new features for custom applications. Apple is meeting those needs as robustly and as creatively as possible and is interested in people who want to help meet that commitment. The success we are striving will be the result of very skilled people working in an environment which cultivates creativity, partnership, and thinking of old problems in new ways. If that sounds like the kind of environment that you find intriguing, then let's talk. These elements come together to make Apple an amazing environment for motivated people to do the greatest work of their lives. You will become part of a team that sets the standard in fostering excellence, creativity and innovation. Will you help us design the next generation of revolutionary Apple products? The Camera Hardware Engineering group is responsible for all research, design, development, test and qualification of camera hardware for Apple products. The team is looking for an Optical Engineer to develop and support custom lens design and development.

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Key Qualifications

  • Resourceful, prepared to champion your work in front of a large group, ready to take initiative, enjoys working in cross-functional teams
  • Experience in lens design, tolerance analysis
  • Experience in Stray light analysis
  • Proficiency with ZEMAX, CODE V, FRED, LightTools, etc.
  • Ability to perform comprehensive optical and image quality characterization of the lens and the camera module
  • Ability to communicate optical design decisions to multi-functional teams
  • Experience making difficult design decisions with limited information
  • Ability to analyze production data and extract relevant data
  • Collaborate with the assembly and packaging groups to support integration of camera lens into module


- Work on new lens designs, characterization and integration into CMOS imager sensor based camera modules. - Complete analysis of the optical element's influence on the image quality characteristics of the camera module. - Work with suppliers on prototype design and manufacturing. - Troubleshoot issues with suppliers by defining proper metrology, requesting and analyzing the necessary data, and making a decision on the solution. - Communicate your design decision to the cross-functional team. - Drive your own schedule without a large overhead. - Take design into production.

Education & Experience

Minimum requirements are BS in Optics or Physics and a minimum of 3 years relevant industry experience

Additional Requirements

  • High energy, multi-tasker, resourceful problem solver, ability to work under pressure, take initiative.
  • Working knowledge of opto-mechanics and optics manufacturing.
  • Track record of imaging related innovations.
  • Working knowledge of thin film physics and fabrication.

Pay & Benefits

    At Apple, base pay is one part of our total compensation package and is determined within a range. This provides the opportunity to progress as you grow and develop within a role. The base pay range for this role is between $138,900.00 and $256,500.00, and your base pay will depend on your skills, qualifications, experience, and location.

    Apple employees also have the opportunity to become an Apple shareholder through participation in Apple's discretionary employee stock programs. Apple employees are eligible for discretionary restricted stock unit awards, and can purchase Apple stock at a discount if voluntarily participating in Apple's Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You'll also receive benefits including: Comprehensive medical and dental coverage, retirement benefits, a range of discounted products and free services, and for formal education related to advancing your career at Apple, reimbursement for certain educational expenses - including tuition. Additionally, this role might be eligible for discretionary bonuses or commission payments as well as relocation. Learn more about Apple Benefits.

    Note: Apple benefit, compensation and employee stock programs are subject to eligibility requirements and other terms of the applicable plan or program.

    Apple is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, Veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics.

Client-provided location(s): Cupertino, CA, USA
Job ID: apple-200508553-2
Employment Type: Other

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