Lead, Optical Scientist

Magic Leap, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA

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Job Description

This position is for a Lead Diffractive Optics Engineer working in Magic Leap’s Advanced Photonics R&D team. The Lead Diffractive Optics Engineer will be responsible for innovation of key optical component-level technology to enable the next-generation of our Mixed Reality experience. The Lead Diffractive Optics Engineer is expected to develop, characterize and optimize optical component and to effectively contribute to technical deliverables in these areas to achieve aggressive goals.


  • A key member of the R&D team with a focus on product development, next-generation technologies, and prototyping.
  • Contribute to research and development of optical components from proof-of-concept demonstration to system-level integration with volume manufacturing solutions.
  • Duties include designing experiments; collecting, analyzing and interpreting data; technical problem solving; innovating creative solutions, and clear communication of findings.


  • Must possess knowledge of a broad range of optics/photonics including imaging, illumination, radiometry and photometry, physical and geometric optics, diffractive optics, waveguide optics, and polarization.
  • Must possess expert knowledge of diffractive and polarization optics.
  • Must possess expert knowledge of various diffractive optical elements including surface relief gratings, volume holographic gratings, liquid crystal gratings and meta-surface structures.
  • Must possess expert knowledge of nano-/micro-patterning and replication techniques including optical lithography, interference lithography, and nano-imprint/molding.
  • Must possess extensive hands-on experience in diffractive optical elements, preferably in the design and fabrication of diffractive optical elements.
  • Knowledge of liquid crystal based optical elements/devices, both passive and active, and their fabrication processes including surface chemistry, alignment, and coating processes is highly desirable
  • Experience with manufacturing process development for optical films in displays or other imaging systems is strongly preferred.
  • Experience with imaging optics is desired; experience with display optics preferred.
  • Experience with Python, Matlab highly desirable
  • Experience with diffractive optics design and modeling software, including gsolver, Zemax, Lumerical, COMSOL or other packages is preferred.
  • Must have strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Focused on problem resolution and delivering solutions.
  • Must be able to communicate and work well with multidisciplinary groups.
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills are required.
  • Candidate is expected to show a strong sense of initiative for new projects, and be creative.


  • MS or Ph.D. in optics, physics or related fields, with 5+ years of industry experience in optical components or sub-systems.

Additional Information:

  • All your information will be kept confidential according to Equal Employment Opportunities guidelines.



About Magic Leap, Inc.

How It All Began October 5, 2017 Today, Magic Leap is a company made up of hundreds of artists, engineers, explorers, and dreamers from around the globe, all chasing their curiosity toward the same goal – bringing together the digital and real worlds to advance human potential. But it all began on a road trip to Austin when we asked the question – “what if computing could spill outside the computer?”

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