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Snap Inc. Optical Test Engineer in Boulder, Colorado

Spectacles (https://www.spectacles.com/) are Snap's hand-free camera that take in both photo and video content that is shareable on, and off, Snapchat. With hardware and augmented reality working in tandem, Spectacles make it easy to make memories from your perspective, and relive them later.

Snap Lab is home to Spectacles (https://www.spectacles.com/) — a camera inspired by the human eye, powered by your imagination — and a world-class research & development team that is paving the way for the future of the camera. Snap Lab builds creative technology that helps overlay computing on the world around us.

We’re looking for an Optical Test Engineer to join the Snap Lab team!

What you’ll do:

  • Define optical tests based on product requirements document

  • Develop, document and implement verification and factory testing hardware and software for our product’s optical subsystems including displays, cameras, LEDs, ALSs and any component emitting or detecting light.

  • Develop and test image quality analysis algorithms using a combination of commercial software and custom code for contrast, blemish, distortion, sharpness, uniformity, etc. Algorithms should be designed to work on captured images from product cameras, as well as on images from AR displays captured with industrial/scientific cameras.

  • Develop test flow, test fixture concepts, and test station configuration for robust and efficient operation in both our engineering labs and in a factory setting.

  • Monitor optical test data from prototype builds through mass production to develop acceptable limits, root cause failing units, and identify process upsets that impact yield of the product line.

  • Configure commercial software (e.g Imatest) for common tests including, SFR/MTF, dynamic range, PRNU, dark noise, contrast, x,y center, checkerboard detection. Validate tests on standard devices and correlate results with factory based test instrumentation.

  • Define and select commercial off the shelf optical components and instrumentation that are required for test implementation, develop requirements for custom optical components as needed.

  • Calibrate commercial off the shelf machine vision cameras for radiometric/photometric response, relative illumination, distortion, focal length.

  • Travel to supplier facilities for product development and prototyping bring-up

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Familiarity with scripting languages for statistical analysis and graphical presentation of complex, multivariate data sets.

  • In depth knowledge of optical systems, imaging principles, image analysis, optical metrology tools, spectroscopy, and light emitting and detecting components.

  • Knowledge of basic mechanical design principles including ability to understand mechanical drawings and communicate basic mechanical designs via hand illustrations or CAD software.

  • Solid understanding of optical design and modeling tools (Zemax, CodeV, LightTools, etc.)

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to document complex technical topics for a general audience and compose instructions for operation and deployment of experiments and test procedures.

  • Ability to work independently and manage internal and external resources

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree optical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science or related field, or equivalent experience

  • 3+ years of experience analyzing, testing, and calibrating optical systems for consumer, medical, or aerospace related products

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with compact cameras and AR display systems, their manufacturing and testing

  • Experience with Python/Matlab/JMP for data analysis

  • Experience with image data manipulation and computation and interpretation of standard display quality metrics

  • Experience with radiometric measurement and calibration

  • Experience with rapid prototyping and 3D printing

At Snap, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to create innovative products that improve the way people live and communicate. Snap is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. EOE, including disability/vets. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please don’t be shy and contact us at accommodations-ext@snap.com.

Our Benefits (https://careers.snap.com/benefits) : Snap Inc. is its own community, so we’ve got your back! We do our best to make sure you and your loved ones have everything you need to be happy and healthy, on your own terms. Our benefits are built around your needs and include paid maternity & paternity leave, comprehensive medical coverage, emotional and mental health support programs, and compensation packages that let you share in Snap’s long-term success!

About Us

Snap Inc. is a camera company. We believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people live and communicate. Our products empower people to express themselves, live in the moment, learn about the world, and have fun together.

At Snap, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to create innovative products that improve the way people live and communicate. Snap is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. EOE, including disability/vets.

If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please don’t be shy and contact us at accommodations-ext@snap.com .

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