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Sr. Principal Engineer, Optical

Company: Harman International Industries
Location: Novi
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Job Description:

HARMAN's engineers and designers are creative, purposeful and agile. As part of this team, you'll combine your technical expertise with innovative ideas to help drive cutting-edge solutions in the car, enterprise and connected ecosystem. Every day, you will push the boundaries of creative design, and HARMAN is committed to providing you with the opportunities, innovative technologies and resources to build a successful career.

A Career at HARMAN

As a technology leader that is rapidly on the move, HARMAN is filled with people who are focused on making life better. Innovation, inclusivity and teamwork are a part of our DNA. When you add that to the challenges we take on and solve together, you'll discover that at HARMAN you can grow, make a difference and be proud of the work you do everyday.

About the Role

The Senior Principal Optical Engineer will be responsible for delivering head-up displays from requirement analysis to mass production. You will need to have experience in optical technology investigation, optical design, optical system integration, optical property characterization, and root-cause analysis. You will collaborate with systems, mechanical, electrical, and software engineering to meet design constraints and optimize design.

What You Will Do

  • Lead the optical development of head-up displays (HUD) with best cost solution.
  • Employ computer aided simulation tools to design and optimize head-up displays (HUD) to meet customer requirements.
  • Define suitable mirror optical coating to improve luminance as well as reduce solar loading
  • Employ strategies to reduce stray lighting inside the HUD
  • Iteratively improve design to pass design (DV) and process validation (PV) cycles.
  • Interface with design teams locally and globally to ensure robust product design.
  • Participate in design reviews with customer (OEM) in design competition for resolving system implementation issues, ensuring customer requirements are met.
  • Help establish optical test facility and build a strong optical knowledge base for future opto-mechanical product line.
  • Apply past experience, lesson learnt and strong engineering principles to improve DFMEA
  • Follow customer product development milestones as well as internal program management processes for successful milestone deliveries and fulfill quality gates.
  • Benchmark competitive products, technologies, and intellectual properties.
  • Participate in the RFI/RFQ phase with requirement review and concept development.
  • Work with up level manager and functional head to provide strategic technical planning, interaction, prototyping, and leadership for company's long-term HUD business development together with cockpit development.
  • Build strong relationship and knowledge of the corresponding supply chain together with procurement team, quality team and global design teams.
  • Research, review, investigate, and identify emerging technologies.
  • Support global Digital-Cockpit and ADAS product and platform development activities.
  • Work with cross-functional teams to manage supply chain, cost, and quality of products. What You Need
    • Bachelor's degree in Optical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or related field with at least 12 years of working experience in optical related industries
    • Expert with optical design tools including both sequential and non-sequential ray tracing tools like Zemax optical design software or Code V, and optical bench analysis
    • Good experience and knowledge in LED, OLED, TFT, LCD, DLP, laser, thin film filter, polarizer, IR/UV cut filters and manufacturing technology
    • Experience with reflective, refractive, diffractive, P-polarization, S-polarization and holographic optical element to achieve illumination and imaging.
    • Experience with CAD design tools like NX, CATIA
    • Experience with optical measurement devices to measure and characterize HUDs.
    • General knowledge of ergonomics, mechanical, material, electronics, and computer engineering What is Nice to Have
      • Ph.D. degree or Masters in Optical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or related field with at least 6 years of post-graduation working experience.
      • Experience in the automotive display industry, the automotive lighting industry, or the automotive manufacturing industry
      • Proven track record of IP filings, conference presentations, journal publications, or product development programs
      • Experience in using a high-level programming language for optical property calculation and simulation.
      • Experience in augmented reality technologies, flat-panel displays, NeoQLed, DMD, head-up displays, or camera systems
      • Experience with CODE V and Speos software
      • Knowledge of wave optics, radiometry, light field technology, holographic optical element (HOE) film, HOE projector, UST projectors, windshield projectors, and color science
      • Experience working with optical vendors for material selection including design and molding, resin selection etc.
      • Working knowledge of tooling and manufacturing processes, vendor management, material selection, design for manufacturing, design for assembly, DFMEA, kinematics, GD&T, BOM creation. What Makes You Eligible
        • Be willing to travel up to 20%, of domestic and international travel
        • Be willing to work in an office in Novi, MI
          • Successfully complete a background investigation and drug screen as a condition of employment What We Offer
            • Flexible work environment, allowing for full-time remote work globally for positions that can be performed outside a HARMAN or customer location
            • Access to employee discounts on world-class Harman and Samsung products (JBL, HARMAN Kardon, AKG, etc.)
            • Extensive training opportunities through our own HARMAN University
            • Competitive wellness benefits
            • Tuition Reimbursement
            • Access to HARMAN Campus Fitness Center and Cafeteria
            • An inclusive and diverse work environment that fosters and encourages professional and personal development

              HARMAN is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race,color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin,disability or Protected Veterans status. HARMAN offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, professional training and competitive compensation. (

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