Depth Module HW Engineer (Junior Optical Characterization)

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States


Posted: Dec 5, 2018
Role Number: 200015956
The Depth Hardware group at Apple develops depth-sensing hardware such as the revolutionary TrueDepth camera that powers FaceID. This multi-disciplinary group of engineers are responsible for architecture, research, and manufacturing development of these highly complex sensing systems for Apple products. The Depth Hardware team is seeking a Junior optical engineer to support characterization and validation of laser based optics modules for depth applications.

Key Qualifications

  • Hands-on optical system engineering validation and characterization experience.
  • Experience with typical optics lab equipment - Power meters, OSAs, cameras/detectors, oscilloscopes, optical stages/mounts, cameras, etc.
  • Experience using C/C++, C#, Matlab, or Python for lab equipment control, data collection, and data analysis.
  • Excellent written/verbal communication and teamwork skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent attention to detail.
  • Experience with lab management and laser safety protocols is a plus.
  • Experience aligning free-space optical systems is a plus.
  • Experience with image processing and quantitative imaging analysis is a plus.
  • Experience supporting volume manufacturing of optical systems is a plus.
  • Experience with board level circuit debug and soldering is a plus.


Primary focus is on engineering level system characterization for design validation and failure analysis/root cause identification – Closing the loop between theory and experiment. Build, automate, and qualify characterization tools for optical systems involving illumination sources (LEDs, lasers, lamps), and a variety of free-space optical elements (lenses, gratings, prisms, etc.). Operation and maintenance of characterization tools. Data analysis to support validation. Travel to support design/production/supplier teams as necessary (up to 25%).

Education & Experience

B.S./M.S in Optics or Optical Physics with 1-3 years industry experience preferred.

Additional Requirements