AR/VR Principal Engineer

Posted 09 Feb 2024

San Jose, California - United States

Req Id 271935


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Ready to explore, break barriers, and discover more? We know you’ve got big plans – so do we! Our colleagues across the globe love innovating with science and technology to enrich people’s lives with our solutions in Healthcare, Life Science, and Electronics. Together, we dream big and are passionate about caring for our rich mix of people, customers, patients, and planet. That's why we are always looking for curious minds that see themselves imagining the unimaginable with us.

Everything we do in EMD Electronics is to help us deliver on our purpose of being the company behind the companies, advancing digital living. We are dedicated to being the trusted supplier of high-tech materials, services and specialty chemicals for the electronics, automotive and cosmetics industries. We foster a global collaborative organization made up of individuals who have the passion to win, obsess about the customer, are relentlessly curious and act with urgency. Together, we push the boundaries of science to make more possible for our customers.


Your Role:


EMD Electronics is a recognized materials supplier, with multiple products being currently used in cutting edge Augmented and Virtual Reality Devices. In your role as AR/VR Principal Engineer, you will help us deepen our understanding on this technology, allowing us to delineate how our products can push the performance of current devices. You will play a central role helping us to define scale up paths for products using our materials and processes.


You will be based at our Silicon Valley site in San Jose to develop new materials to impact next generation AR/VR products.



  • Reach a deep understanding of AR/VR products KPIs and customer needs, and how our materials impact their performance
  • Develop roadmaps for scaling up AR/VR related products using our materials and processes, from conception to mass production
  • Work with OEMs to scope and develop tools able to increase throughput while maintaining high yield and optical performance


Who you are:


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Masters in Physics, Materials Science, Optics or related field
  • Extensive industry experience working on the development of AR/VR technology related products (5 or more years)


Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in Physics, Materials Science, Optics or related field
  • A strong technology leader with deep and broad experience in the field of AR/VR
  • Willingness to push the boundaries of current approaches and to innovate in the field of materials and applications, having a clear understanding of the AR/VR technology and how materials and architectures influence KPIs and user experience
  • Clear understanding of the optical characterization methods used in AR/VR component and headset metrology
  • Proven record of using wet coating technologies to fabricate AR/VR devices, including but not limited to slot die coater, IJP, NIL, optical lithography, etc.
  • Deep understanding of simulation and modeling methods of components and headsets in order to understand the role of different materials in the performance of the overall device (FDTD, RCWA, waveguide design, ray tracing, etc.)
  • Proven record scaling up AR/VR related devices and technologies from concept to mass production
  • Good understanding of the related IP in the field and proven record of innovation


Pay Range for this position: $73,000 - $219,000


Our ranges incorporate all levels and career types available within this specific role, and are derived from relevant industry market data.  Should we decide to make an offer, we will consider several factors, including but not limited to your location, skills, experience, career level, and other job-related factors.  This role may offer the following benefits: medical, vision, and dental insurance; life insurance; disability insurance; a 401(k) matching program; paid time off; and paid holidays; among other employee benefits. This role may also be eligible for short-term or long-term incentive compensation, including, but not limited to, cash bonuses.


What we offer: We are curious minds that come from a broad range of backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences. We celebrate all dimensions of diversity and believe that it drives excellence and innovation, strengthening our ability to lead in science and technology. We are committed to creating access and opportunities for all to develop and grow at your own pace. Join us in building a culture of inclusion and belonging that impacts millions and empowers everyone to work their magic and champion human progress!

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