Imaging and Optics Laboratory Engineer or Associate Engineer

Job Description
We’re looking for a self-starting, motivated Engineer or Associate Engineer to be the point person for Alitheon’s laboratory imaging, optics, and data acquisition efforts. We envision this position to be primarily focused on organizing and executing experiments to drive the development of our core software technology, and also assess a range of candidate hardware and approaches. It’s a blend of science, engineering, applications, and common sense. You’ll have the opportunity to learn and be a part of the multi-disciplinary team driving this technology, and have a personal impact on the vision and product from the start. You’ll have opportunities to learn about the engineering and physical aspects of optics, and work with current machine vision technology. This means getting “hands-on” with almost any aspect of our work. You can bring a scientific and laboratory mindset and experience and plug it into our real-world effort on day one!

Job Duties

  • You’ll perform, analyze, organize, and help design practical experiments to drive the development and application of Alitheon’s core software technology by generating test data and evaluating real-world problems.
  • As your background permits, you will participate in systems specification, design, in-house and partner builds in optical engineering and machine vision.
  • You will function as part of a small imaging team to also assess candidate imaging hardware for internal and production scenarios, as well as help characterize environmental conditions and requirements. This hardware will range across consumer, professional, and cutting-edge beta prosumer imaging hardware.
  • You will use a range of off-the-shelf, internal tools, and some of your own approaches to collate, curate and analyze data, to feed into both algorithmic and engineering research.

Who You Are:

  • You like solving problems, understanding the world of science and technology, and blending disciplines.
  • You understand scientific and engineering rigor in documentation and data handling, and feel a sense of pride and stewardship in good research data.
  • You know about optics at an undergraduate level or beyond, or have acquired comparable lab experience, industrial camera or machine-vision expertise. There is room to grow, but you will have to hit the ground running.
  • You like a hands-on focus and learning new skills and tools.
  • You want to translate technology to apply real-world problems, and like the benefits of a startup and the reach it can give your work.
  • You like working in smaller groups and are excited about the variety and growth opportunities of a startup.

Required Qualifications

  • Quantitative scientific or engineering degree: Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering & Applied Science, Electrical or Optical Engineering. Other scientific and technical degrees will be considered in conjunction with relevant experience.
  • Understand and be interested in fundamental aspects of imaging optics, photographic parameters, focus, resolution, sensors, basic photographic and laboratory manipulation of images.
  • Laboratory record-keeping and quantitative methods
  • Technical computer-literacy, including solid user-level familiarity with desktop operating systems (OSX, Windows) and the Unix environment. Basic ability to do program in at least one procedural programming language (e.g. Java, C variants, etc) and one scripting language (e.g. Python, Ruby, PHP, etc). Additional languages, libraries, and development experience are a plus but not required.
  • 1-3+ years of relevant work experience in industrial or academic contexts. More recent or new graduates are welcome to apply, with demonstrated relevant internship or lab experience. This position can be adapted to candidates with different levels of experience, including more senior or experienced candidates.

Other Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience in industrial machine vision, or similar implementation-focused academic work.
  • Laboratory optical experience, classical or photonics (any discipline).
  • Laboratory instrumentation control and automation (any discipline).
  • Interest in photography.
  • Computer science or software engineering coursework; any additional programming skills.
  • Experience with programming to drive devices such as cameras, microcontrollers, etc.
  • Interest in image processing, machine vision, or robotics.
  • Practical electronics.
  • Experience with: LabView, ImageJ, Java, OpenCV, C/C++, statistics.

Work Environment
We are located close to downtown Bellevue. We have a professional, fun environment where we work hard but also respect a work-life balance for team members. We offer paid time off, medical, dental, vision, 401K and other benefits.

Travel Requirements
There is the potential to occasionally travel inside the US when we survey or deploy at client sites, and to collaborate with technical partners and advisors (mostly local). However, this position is not expected to travel often.

Interested? Get in touch with us by sending your resume to