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Apple Intern, Optical Engineer / Scientist

Cupertino, California, United States

 To apply, please send your resume to Blair Curry at and be sure to include in the email subject line: "Applicant from University of Rochester".

Job Summary

Why Apple?

We live in a mobile and device driven world where knowledge of the physical world around us is needed. We rely on this knowledge to get around, to learn about our environment and to enable spectacular new features for custom applications. Apple is meeting those needs as robustly and as creatively as possible and is passionate about people who want to help meet that commitment. The success we are striving will be the result of very skilled people working in an environment which cultivates creativity, partnership, and thinking of old problems in new ways. If that sounds like the kind of environment that you find intriguing, then let's talk.

The Camera Hardware Engineering group is responsible for all research, design, development, test and qualification of camera hardware for Apple products. The team is looking for an Optical Engineer / Scientist Intern to work on advanced optical technology development.

Key Qualifications

Strong technical background in diffractive optics, metrology and materials

  • Excellent knowledge of diffractive optics,  electromagnetic simulation methods (FDTD, RCWA, FEM etc.) as well as  optical characterization and manufacturing methods (e.g. lithography)
  • Hands-on optics/photonics laboratory  experience with working knowledge of laser optics and familiarity with  specifying and building opto-mechanical setups
  • Knowledgeable of optical  metrology methods (MTF, Beam Profiling etc.)
  • Knowledgeable of design of experiments (DOE) methodology
  • Proficiency in data analysis using Matlab, Python or similar software
  • Experience  with optical simulation software OpticsStudio, VirtualLab, Lumerical
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to implement optical setups in the lab environment


As an Optical Engineer / Scientist Intern, you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Design and develop optical test setup for characterization of  novel diffractive  optical elements
  • Conduct hands-on experiments to characterize the underlying physical effects for novel optical systems
  • Implement advanced optical models of diffractive optical elements and  perform simulations using relevant software tools to explain experimental results
  • Create and own project  documentation
  • Communicate design decisions and test results to the cross-functional team


Pursuing PhD in Physics, Applied Physics, Optics, EE, or related field

Apple is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We also take affirmative action to offer employment and advancement opportunities to all applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Apple will not discriminate or retaliate against applicants who inquire about, disclose, or discuss their compensation or that of other applicants.