Optical Engineer

| Greater LA Area

Position Overview

The Optical Engineer will have strong and effective communications skills to coordinate with a cross-functional team to meet very aggressive performance, cost and schedule goals. These communication skills will be critical when partnering with other development team members (mechanical, electrical, firmware, compliance, PCB layout, supply chain, manufacturing) to insure effective collaboration and delivery a highly optimized lighting system. The right candidate will adhere to robust design methodologies for successful project execution and possess good understanding of the optical characteristics of LEDs, methods used for beam shaping (reflectors, TIR, refractive optics diffractive optics), methods for mechanical integration into illumination systems and manufacturing technologies suitable for reaching optical results with each. Candidate must also possess knowledge of high-volume manufacturing environments and production variance in such environments.

The Position

Join us as we build a new department focused on revolutionizing the way things are done in our industry. We are performing cutting edge research and developing innovative tools to solve challenging problems. This role brings you the opportunity to firmly apply your stamp to our products, now and well into the future. Join us in creating amazing, beautiful and functional experiences.

The Optical Engineer will work with a small, focused cross-functional team to meet aggressive performance, cost and schedule goals for a wide variety of architectural and specification-grade Solid State Lighting fixtures.

  • Contribution and implementation of best practices in optical and illumination design
  • Hands-on cradle to grave process of designing and implementing new optical systems for EcoSense Lighting products 
  • Evaluation and aid in the selection of vendors for custom components
  • Prototyping, experimentation and data-gathering of new optical systems
  • Evaluation of tooling trials (on-site and otherwise) to determine form, fit and functionality
  • Be comfortable working with both individual engineers and the Leadership Team
  • Work closely with the engineering team to assure the visual quality of the end product
  • Experience with validation and trouble shooting on optical designs 

The Person

It is desired that the candidate has the following qualifications for the position:

  • Bachelor's degree in Physics, Applied Optics, Optical Engineering, or Illumination Engineering
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in optical designs for general illumination
  • 2 years of professional experience in optical designs for LEDs or LED systems
  • Background and familiarity with LED based illumination designs and hands-on photometric characterization
  • Familiarity with the psychology of lighting and color
  • Proficiency in optical design software (Photopia, LightTools, or others)
  • Basic understanding of mechanical CAD (Pro/E, SolidWorks, others)
  • Ability to develop and implement software tools to automate the optical design process (inside or outside of CAD tools) preferred
  • Proficiency in Color Science with color modeling/predictive analysis capability preferred
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally (less than 20%)
  • Possess the ability and willingness to roll up sleeves and execute to get the job done
  • Familiarity with AGI32, Photometric toolbox (is a plus)


A detailed and compelling compensation package will be outlined for the selected candidate.


All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. 


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We are located in the vibrant Chinatown section of Downtown LA. We're public transportation accessible and near freeways, making us easy to get to.

An Insider's view of Ecosense

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our culture is distinctive, adaptable and high-performing guided by our core values of Beauty, Freedom, and Frictionless. We have a culture that expects and empowers its employees to have agency—to individually act to produce for powerful results.


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What does your typical day look like?

A typical day involves learning & solving. I collaborate with colleagues to solve technical & business challenges involved in producing great luminaires. Collaboration on any given day could include customers, Electrical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Optical Engineers, Software Engineers, Color Scientists, and Industrial Designers,


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How does the company support your career growth?

Just out of school I went to China with our VP of Ops, 12 dozen vendors in two weeks. I was able to witness all forms of manufacturing from die-casting to cable construction. To top it off I averaged one fresh mango smoothie every day!


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Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
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Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
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Company Equity
Performance Bonus
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Generous Parental Leave
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Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
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Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
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