Camera Optical Engineer

Tesla Motors Palo Alto , CA 94306

Posted Yesterday

The Role

This role is part of the Camera Systems team at Tesla. This team is responsible for the entire lifecycle of cameras within Tesla cars. This includes sensor selection, lens development, camera module development, monitoring of manufacturing quality, camera calibration, image quality assessment, and camera quality tuning,

The candidate will be responsible for all imaging based lens development for Tesla's autopilot system. This includes developing well-defined engineering specifications, simulating reference designs, working with international suppliers through both production and development cycles, evaluation and analysis of lens design and performance, lens and camera testing, and maintained detailed documentation. The candidate will regularly interact with diverse cross-functional teams across the organization, and must possess good communication skills and team skills to design cameras at scale while preserving optical image quality. The candidate will develop test specifications and assist with lens and camera qualification. The candidate will also be the resident point person for customer quality issues as related to the optics.


  • Graduate degree in Optical Engineering (preferable), EE or similar with a specialization in Optics.

  • 5-10 years experience in developing cameras/lenses for various imaging applications. Expert in lens design and engineering

  • Fluent in Zemax/CodeV

  • Technical expertise in optics for manufacturing, and familiarity with lens production processes

  • Strong understanding of the impact of stress, thermal and other system level issues on optical performance, and methods to mitigate them.

  • Experience guiding discussions with cross functional teams including electrical, mechanical, systems engineering, thermal, etc.

  • Familiarity with image quality testing and setup requirements

Preferred Requirements

  • PhD. in Optics with a focus on lens engineering

  • Fluency in stray light analysis tools

  • Mechanical design using a CAD package.

  • Experience successfully launching cameras in mass production

  • Experience camera module integration, assembly, testing at scale

  • Thrive in a dynamic fast-paced environment, and have a demonstrated track record of thinking on their feet to come up with innovative solutions

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