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Optical Systems Engineer



Software Engineering
Somerville, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2024

To reinvent an industry, you have to build the best team. Join Formlabs if you want to bring groundbreaking professional 3D printers to the desktops of every designer, engineer, researcher, and artist in the world.

As part of the Optical and Thermals Systems team at Formlabs, you will help contribute to the design of our optical systems, think at the system level, work with suppliers, manage prototype builds, develop calibration strategies, and coordinate with the larger product development team to integrate your solutions into the overall product. The ideal candidate is a hardware-focused generalist who can learn quickly, be guided by first principles thinking, and understand and apply concepts from numerous subjects and disciplines.

Do you enjoy working on industry-leading products? Can you imagine how to make a complex optical system work better? Do you want to create something new? We want you as an Optical Systems Engineer.

The Job:

  • Collaborate on the design full optical systems for future Formlabs products
  • Participate on the development novel calibration and manufacturing schemes
  • Analyze feature-performance tradeoffs and implications to the overall system design
  • Work cross-functionally to ensure the successful integration of the system
  • Partner with sourcing to identify and manage key suppliers for optical components


  • Have a broad understanding of engineering fundamentals in Optics, Physics, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
  • Can transform a vague concept into a testable piece of hardware
  • Think outside the box and come up with novel solutions to challenging problems
  • Are an expert communicator who can articulate technical information verbally and on paper concisely
  • Are a self-driven go-getter - you resonate with your work and bring passion to the office every day
  • Can write code (e.g., Python, MATLAB, C/C++, etc.) for instrument control and data analysis

Bonus Skills:

  • Optical simulation experience (e.g., Zemax, LightTools, CODE V)
  • CAD software ( e.g., SolidWorks, Onshape)
  • Hands-on experience with high-power lasers, illumination, or imaging

Our Perks & Benefits:

  • Robust equity program to build future wealth through RSUs
  • Comprehensive healthcare coverage (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Low cost fund options in our 401K and access to advisors
  • Generous paid Parental Leave (up to 16 weeks)
  • Tenure-based paid Sabbatical Leave (up to 6 weeks)
  • Flexible Out of Office Plan – Take time when you need it
  • Ample on-site parking & pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Healthy on-site lunches, snacks, beverages, & treats
  • Regular sponsored professional development opportunities
  • Many opt-in culture events across our diverse community
  • And of course… unlimited 3D prints

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Even if you don't check every box, but see yourself contributing, please apply. Help us build an inclusive community that will change the face of 3D printing.