Careers

AOM is bringing decades of optical metrology expertise to bear on some of the most demanding applications on earth – Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), next-generation AR/VR/MR headsets, a wide range of remote sensing and constellation satellites, and a host of other research and industrial technologies that will shape the future through optics.

We are a fast-growing optics metrology business harnessing an amazing technology, which applications all around the world depend on.  We operate with the pace and feel of a tech startup with the security of a mature technology at its core.  It’s fun, challenging and offers many opportunities to learn and grow.

Our products and services include:

  • Computer Generated Holograms (CGHs) enabling interferometric surface testing of optical surfaces – aspheres, freeforms, cylinders, conic sections, and many other complex surface shapes.
  • Precision mechanics for alignment of CGHs and test optics
  • Engineering services for development of complete optical test setups, including unique alignment features for relating mechanical datums to optical references.

 

 

 

Job Postings

 

 

Applications Engineer - Tucson, AZ

Position Summary

AOM is looking for a bright, energetic technical Applications Engineer to interface with customers and internal engineering staff to guide development of custom metrology solutions.  An Applications Engineer at AOM is the primary technical liaison between internal engineering teams and the customer.  Learn about the basics of CGH design and become an expert in the application of CGH metrology to asphere and freeform optical testing, subsystem testing, and general interferometry applications.  Use that knowledge to guide internal teams and customers to metrology solutions that best suit the needs of the application, considering technical requirements, cost, and schedule constraints.

 

Essential Functions

  • Develop proficiency in understanding and modeling diffractive optics and optical test configurations in Zemax
  • Interface with new and existing customers to capture optical testing requirements for CGH metrology applications and educate customers on capabilities and products that are available from AOM
  • Pre-sales support – perform preliminary test design to inform customers of CGH test feasibility, test configuration and expected cost
  • Post-sales support – perform training and assist customers with complex test setups and alignment of CGH tests where required
  • Participate in internal product development projects as the customer advocate, advise technical teams of requirements for products and features that keep usability and other customer-centric requirements in mind
  • Generate documentation for deployment of metrology solutions, develop technical sales & marketing collateral for products and features to highlight their uses and benefits to potential customers, where needed follow up with customer training and collaboration through virtual or on-site meetings
  • Travel up to 20-30% expected, primarily domestic but occasional international travel may be required

Qualifications

  • Required
    • Bachelor’s degree in physical sciences such as optics, physics or electrical engineering
    • Experience with Zemax optical modeling software and willingness to learn new modeling and design concepts
    • Experience in engineering, applications engineering, technical sales, or product development
    • Highly motivated and capable of independent direction, problem solving, and troubleshooting
    • Desire to work in a hands-on environment with hardware and optics and an understanding of basic lab tools
    • Strong technical writing ability and effective communication verbal and written communication skills
    • Detail oriented and organized
  • Desired
    • Master’s degree in physical sciences or Bachelor’s degree in Optical Engineering
    • Experience working with opto-mechanical hardware in an engineering lab environment
    • Experience with interferometry and optical testing, optical surface specification and GD&T
    • Experience in direct customer support in a technical and commercial capacity
    • Experience writing Python scripting

Details

  • US Citizenship or Permanent Resident visa (green card) required
  • Health and Safety protocols:
    • Work is performed in an office environment, laboratory, clean room, or production floor
    • May be asked to use optical cleaning chemicals like acetone and alcohol in a safe manner.
    • Regularly required to sit, stand, bend, and occasionally lift or carry up to 35 lbs.
  • We seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information.

Software Engineer - Tucson, AZ

Position Summary

AOM is looking for a bright, energetic Software Engineer to join the team developing custom metrology solutions that include computer modeling, interferometry, data processing, and statistical analysis. The Software Engineer is a technical expert, designer, developer, project manager, team member, and customer advocate, who provides leadership for the development, distribution, and support of AOM software tools and applications. The Software Engineer interfaces with other AOM scientists and engineers as well as our valued customers to understand and document requirements and use cases leading to robust, efficient, and scalable software tools and applications.

Essential Functions:

  • Improve existing software tools by understanding metrology application and optical design processes, studying current production software solutions, and identifying opportunities to increase program efficiency and speed
  • Develop new software solutions by studying information needs, conferring with users (internal and external), and studying systems flow, data usage, and work processes
  • Investigate problem areas in software and processes
  • Follow the software development lifecycle
  • Improve operations by conducting systems analysis and recommending changes in policies and procedures
  • Protect operations by keeping information confidential

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related technical discipline
  • 5+ years of professional software development experience
  • Proficiency in Java or C++ required
  • Proficiency in MATLAB or Python preferred
  • Knowledge of professional software engineering and best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations
  • Experience serving as technical lead throughout the full software development lifecycle, from conception, architecture definition, detailed design, scoping, planning, implementation, testing to documentation, delivery and maintenance is preferred

Details

  • US Citizenship or Permanent Resident (green card) required.
  • Health and Safety protocols:
    • Work is performed in an office environment, laboratory, clean room, or production floor.
    • May be asked to use optical cleaning chemicals like acetone and alcohol in a safe manner.
    • Regularly required to sit, stand, bend, and occasionally lift or carry up to 35 lbs.
  • We seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information.

Optical Technician - Tucson, AZ

Position Summary

The Optical Technician position at AOM is a member of a cross-disciplinary team that builds and tests standard and custom metrology equipment for use in alignment and manufacturing of optical components and systems.  The successful candidate will provide assembly support in manufacture of optical and mechanical assemblies, manufacturing documentation, process development, and other duties as needed.

The candidate must have strong ability to work independently and within a multi-disciplinary team environment.

Essential Functions

  • Maintenance and operation of clean facilities for R&D and production of optical assemblies
  • Handling, aligning, cleaning, and bonding sensitive optical components
  • Operation of precision metrology equipment including interferometer, surface profiler, and CMM
  • Operation of software and writing reports for data analysis
  • Operation of standard machine tools and metrology for making simple metal parts

Qualifications

  • High School diploma required. 2-year or 4-year degree in hands-on technical field desired.
  • 2 years relevant employment with extensive hands-on experience with optics
  • Willingness and ability to learn software for instrument control and data analysis
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office software suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Desired skills: CAD design software experience, advanced machining skills, experience cutting, grinding and polishing glass, and computer programming.

Details

  • US Citizenship or Permanent Resident (green card) required.
  • Health and Safety protocols:
    • Work is performed in an office environment, laboratory, clean room, or production floor.
    • May be asked to use optical cleaning chemicals like acetone and alcohol in a safe manner.
    • Regularly required to sit, stand, bend, and occasionally lift or carry up to 50 lbs.
  • We seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information.

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