EcoSense Lighting

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Senior Optical Engineer

Senior Optical Engineer

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US-CA-Los Angeles

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Ranked on INC 5000's list of America's Fastest Growing Companies and Deloitte's prestigious Technology Fast 500 list, EcoSense is a thriving, rapidly growing LED technology company based in Los Angeles. Our purpose is to invent, inspire, and defy expectations through the lens of technology and the power of light. From Bloomingdales and BMW to Harry Winston and Mall of Emirates, we light the most beautiful spaces in the world.


EcoSense hires curious, collaborative, and autonomous visionaries who have a passion for tackling the unknown, solving hard problems, and answering questions that haven't been explored. We work in a laid-back office in the heart of Chinatown filled with smart, fun and collaborative minds.  In addition to our frictionless atmosphere, we offer free snacks & drinks, paid health benefits, unlimited vacation, paid holidays, and a 401k plan. Sound like a fit? Read on


The Senior Optical Engineer will have strong and effective communications skills to coordinate with a cross-functional team to meet very aggressive performance, cost and schedule goals.  These communication skills will be critical when partnering with other development team members (mechanical, electrical, firmware, compliance, PCB layout, supply chain, manufacturing) to insure effective collaboration and delivery a highly optimized lighting system.

The right candidate will adhere to robust design methodologies for successful project execution and possess good understanding of the optical characteristics of LEDs, methods used for beam shaping (reflectors, TIR, refractive optics diffractive optics), methods for mechanical integration into illumination systems and manufacturing technologies suitable for reaching optical results with each. Candidate must also possess knowledge of high volume manufacturing environments and production variance in such environments.

The Optical Engineer will work with a small, focused cross-functional team to meet aggressive performance, cost and schedule goals for a wide variety of architectural and specification-grade Solid State Lighting fixtures.

  • Contribution and implementation of best practices in optical and illumination design
  • Hands-on cradle to grave process of designing and implementing new optical systems for EcoSense Lighting products
  • Evaluation and aid in the selection of vendors for custom components
  • Prototyping, experimentation and data-gathering of new optical systems
  • Evaluation of tooling trials (on-site and otherwise) to determine form, fit and functionality
  • Documentation of new inventions and interaction with outside counsel to protect them


  • BS in Physics, Applied Optics, Optical Engineering, or Illumination Engineering.  MS or Ph.D preferred.
  • 5 years of professional experience in optical designs for general illumination.  10 years preferred.
  • 2 years of professional experience in optical designs for LEDs or LED systems
  • Background and familiarity with LED based illumination designs and hands-on photometric characterization
  • Familiarity with the psychology of lighting and color
  • Proficiency in optical design software (ASAP, LightTools, or others)
  • Basic understanding of mechanical CAD (Pro/E, Solidworks, others)
  • Ability to develop and implement software tools to automate the optical design process (inside or outside of CAD tools) preferred.
  • Proficiency in Color Science with color modeling/predictive analysis capability preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally (less than 20%)  

We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.  This position is not eligible for sponsorship.