Optical Engineer – Dynamic Single-Molecule

Full-Time Position


As an Optical Engineer, you contribute to the technology development projects of the dynamic single-molecule (DSM) business unit at LUMICKS. You will work on new features of the current instruments C-Trap® and m-Trap®, future prototypes, and products, and you will have the unique opportunity to grow the products to their full potential. 

You will work closely with other Technology Development Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Software Developers, the Product Manager, and the System Architect. Externally you will coordinate co-development projects with partners in both academics and industry.

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

What are my tasks & responsibilities?

  • Design and implement next-generation LUMICKS instruments and C-TrapTM and m-TrapTM features.
  • Perform detailed optical design, optical system design, optical component layout, and ray tracing for new or improved optical subsystems.
  • Test and validate concepts with experimental bench-test setups and on the system level. 
  • Analyze problems in existing systems, plan and conduct investigation, and develop solution proposals.
  • Coordinate and propose technology development projects with industry partners and selected customers.
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team with dedicated performance engineers and mechanical engineers, and interface with product management on the technology roadmap and product requirements.
  • Keep up to date on state-of-the-art optics technology that could be used in future products or features 
  • Provide relevant technical documentation such as assembly and installation instructions, or user manuals and best-known methods descriptions.

What about my skills & competencies?

  • MSc in Optical Engineering with 7+ years of working experience or PhD in Optical Engineering or similar with 3+ years of working experience.
  • Experience designing, specifying components for and building experimental setups and prototype builds.
  • Ability to conduct systematic experimental measurements with a solid understanding of metrology error analysis.
  • Experience mounting optical components to minimize mechanically and thermally induced stress. FEA and modal analysis experience is a plus.
  • Demonstrated creativity in solving complex optical design problems.
  • In-depth knowledge of optical engineering principles.
  • Experience with ray tracing.
  • Experience using optical design software (ZEMAX, Code 5, etc.), ZEMAX experience is a plus.
  • Managing development projects in a structured manner, keep relevant development documentation up to date.


LUMICKS brings novel tools for single-molecule biophysics and cell avidity to market, enabling scientific researchers across biology and medicine to unlock new types of experiments. Our high-performance instruments are optimal to investigate the fundamental causes of disease and facilitate drug optimization. With our tools, researchers can visualize and quantify the interactions between proteins and DNA in real-time and perform high-throughput screening of molecular and cell-cell interactions using sound waves. 

We offer you the chance to be part of an important mission: To improve human health by unlocking dynamic single-molecule and cell avidity analysis. With the ever-increasing adoption of our technologies by leading institutes from all over the world, including Stanford, Johns Hopkins University, Tsinghua University, NIH, and Imperial College London, LUMICKS is expanding its team.

Why Join?

Autonomy, ownership & responsibility

Be the leader of your own projects, and own them like no other. Whether you’re developing software or business, you are responsible for your work and the direction it goes.

Growth opportunities

With new positions opening up weekly and the company still growing exponentially, there are lots of opportunities to broaden your skill set.

Flat organization & open culture

At LUMICKS engagement is key. We try to align everyone on our dreams and strategies to unlock single-molecule and single-cell research.

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