Optical Engineer

Company Details

Satellogic is the first vertically integrated geospatial analytics company, driving real outcomes for its customers with planetary-scale insights they can trust. Satellogic’s low-Earth-orbit satellite constellation, platform, and data science teams work together to deliver end-to-end solutions at the right cost. The company makes sense of the data so customers can focus on the big decisions at hand. Our satellite engineers, AI experts, and solution specialists are on a mission to deliver a fundamentally better picture of our planet and the many forces that reshape it every day. We bring space down to earth for large enterprises and governments of all sizes who need to see for themselves how our world is changing. Satellogic. Now you see.

About the Job

The optical engineer reports to the Optics Leader. In this role you will be responsible for the simulation and analysis of imaging optics hardware like hyper and multispectral camera focal planes, lenses and telescopes. The optical engineer also helps in the assembly and calibration of optical payloads for the satellite

In this role, you will:

  • Perform model, simulation and analysis of lenses, telescopes or filters, and of sensor components for imaging optics in visible light and near infrared (ray tracing, fourier optics, radiometry)
  • Perform or oversee tolerance analysis and manufacturing feasibility studies for new optical payloads
  • Define and develop quality metrics and acceptance criteria for the optical payloads
  • Work with mechanical engineers being responsible for optical alignment, integration and calibration procedures and benches
  • Suggest changes or improvements in optomechanical design to simplify manufacturing processes and improve manufacturing quality
  • Execute optical verification tests and then document and transfer testing procedures to manufacturing
  • Design procedures to guarantee and analyze optical systems performance, like on-orbit experiments or on-earth acceptance procedures
  • Work with product managers in requirements and feasibility analysis of projects involving optical components or processes
  • Define and engineer acceptance criteria, quality metrics and acceptance procedures for external suppliers
  • Work with multiple providers to obtain the best product costing and quality and improve supply chain reliability
  • Work with mechanical engineers in optomechanical design of space optical systems components

What we value:

  • MS. or PhD. or equivalent experience in Optics or Physics
  • Experience of 1+ year as engineer in any optical component or process of an imaging optics chain, preferably in alignment and integration of space optics
  • Experience with ray tracing optical design software (Zemax preferred)
  • Experience with mechanical CAD software (Catia preferred)
  • Availability to travel to Uruguay or Europe for one or two weeks with short notice
  • Fluent english speaker and willing to learn working Spanish
  • You can execute and help plan complex engineering projects in a dynamic environment with tight deadlines, reporting progress concisely
  • Scripting and automation skills and advanced use of simulation or CAD software platform of choice
  • You are passionate about space, lenses, telescopes, space photography and sensors

Satellogic values diversity and inclusion and is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to hiring and developing top talent from around the world for any given discipline. We work to build an inclusive environment in which all people, regardless of gender, race, religion, or background, can come to do their best work.

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