About Us

Arizona Optical Metrology was formed by Drs. Chunyu Zhao and Jim Burge in 2009 to commercialize metrology solutions that they had developed at the University of Arizona in support of the large telescope projects. AOM maintains staff and equipment to provide a range of custom products and services for measuring complex optical surfaces and systems.

Visit AOM in Tucson, Arizona at 2420 W. Ruthrauff Rd, Suite 160.

Arizona Optical Metrology is a member of and has deep connections with SPIE, Optica (formerly OSA), ASPE.


Arizona Optical Metrology is a rapidly growing, cutting-edge business that offers an exciting work environment, opportunities for advancement, and competitive compensation. We’re located in the Optics Valley of Tucson, Arizona, which offers a unique blend of technical peers, year-round outdoor activities, and vibrant cultural and entertainment opportunities to create a rich work-life balance. Our current job postings are listed below.

To inquire, reach out to us through our Contact Us page.


Current Openings


Optical Engineer

We’re looking for a bright, energetic optical engineer to join the team developing custom metrology solutions that include computer modeling, interferometry, and precision mechanics. This is an ideal position for an early-career candidate as we expect the successful engineer will develop expertise in the following:

‣ Optical modeling in Zemax, including macros and linking extensions
‣ Computer programming in a combination of Matlab, C, Java, and Python
‣ Interferometric optical testing, including test setups, making measurements, and reducing data
‣ Precision inspection and metrology, including designing fixtures, CMM programming, and reducing data

The successful candidate will have background that demonstrates ability and inclination to develop this expertise and the drive to join the team developing innovation metrology solutions to meet customers’ needs. Job requirements are a BS degree in optics, engineering, or mathematics, at least 2 years practical experience in a related field, and strong programming skills.


Optical Technician

Responsibilities include maintenance and operation of clean facilities for R&D and production of optical assemblies; handling, aligning, and bonding sensitive optical components; operation of precision metrology equipment including interferometer, surface profiler, CMM;  operation of software and writing reports for data analysis; operation of standard machine tools and metrology for making simple metal parts.

Job requirements are 2 years relevant employment with extensive hands-on experience with optics; willingness and ability to learn software for instrument control and data analysis.  Additional highly desired skills include CAD design, advanced machining skills, experience cutting, grinding and polishing glass, and computer programming.