Depth Hardware Optical Characterization

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States


Posted: Feb 5, 2019
Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number: 200001166
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 Depth Hardware group at Apple develops depth-sensing hardware such as the revolutionary TrueDepth camera that powers FaceID. This team has an opening for an optical characterization engineer with experience designing and developing custom tools for characterization of optical component and system performance. Our team integrates advanced imaging and sensing technologies into a wide variety of Apple products. Join us in crafting solutions the world doesn't know of yet. Bring devices to life and enable them interact with users and the environment in ways never imagined before.

Key Qualifications

  • This role requires the ability to learn quickly and become familiar with several different technology areas. The ideal candidate will be an expert in at least 1-2 of the skill listed below, and have some familiarity with all of the skills listed:
  • Experience designing, developing, and qualifying custom tools for characterization of optical component and system performance.
  • Experience using Python, C/C++, C#, Matlab, or similar for lab equipment control, data collection, and data analysis.
  • Experience with image processing and quantitative imaging analysis – OpenCV experience is a plus.
  • Experience with automation and HW/SW interaction of typical optics lab equipment - Power meters, OSAs, cameras/detectors, oscilloscopes, optical stages/mounts, etc.
  • Experience supporting volume manufacturing of optical systems is a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Solid teamwork and leadership skills.
  • Preferred:
  • Experience with lab management and laser safety protocols.
  • Experience aligning free-space optical systems.
  • Experience with image processing and quantitative imaging analysis.
  • Experience supporting volume manufacturing of optical systems.
  • Experience with board level circuit debug and soldering.


Develop and automate characterization tools for optical systems involving illumination sources (LEDs, lasers, lamps), and a variety of free-space optical elements (lenses, gratings, prisms, etc.). Algorithm development and implementation for quantitative image analysis - feature extraction, segmentation, pattern recognition etc. Primary focus is on engineering level system characterization for design validation and failure analysis/root cause identification. Cross Functional Responsibilities: Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including Optical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Process Engineering to deliver state-of-the-art imaging and sensing solutions. Travel to support design/production/supplier teams as necessary (up to 25%)

Education & Experience

M.S/PhD in Optics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science, with 5-10 years industry experience preferred.

Additional Requirements