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Principal Engineer - Optics Systems

Date: Nov 14, 2018

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 113266 

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A Career at HARMAN

We are ONE HARMAN. We are greater than the sum of our divisions or brands. We proudly talk about our many iconic brands and describe how our technologies are transforming the car, the workplace and everywhere in between.  We work hard. We create useful, playful, beautiful things. We strive for excellence and we aim to win as a team. No matter the position, every employee at HARMAN is expected to demonstrate our core competencies:  leadership, change-orientation, collaboration, judgment, and a results-driven mindset.  At HARMAN, we expect brilliance.  You can expect a career full of brilliant possibilities. 


Position Summary:

We are a fast paced, start-up-feel, group of talented inventors, engineers, researchers, and designers, reporting directly into the Connected Car Division. The team aims to be the most forward-thinking group in the company and is focused on leveraging future user experiences (UX) and displays, connecting the dots between cutting-edge technologies, deep research, rapid end-to-end prototyping, and bringing that into products. Every day, we challenge ourselves to turn science fiction into reality.


The Principal Engineer for Optics Systems will be dedicated to the development of the next generation HUDs and Occupant monitoring systems. This role will report directly the Director of the Product Line HUD. The scope of this position includes the optics design, camera module, SoC selection, and functional safety design considerations.   The ideal candidate will have good analytical skills, knowledge of engineering discipline, and experience in optics, vision, and safety products.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position does not have direct reports.



Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for camera optics through whole product lifecycle, including road-mapping through design into mass productions.
  • Provides optical design and development expertise on ongoing projects of moderate size and complexity, implementation of new technologies, and all other assigned projects.
  • Work with cross-functional team to create concepts, Response RFI, quote RFQs and design products. 
  • Working with the Architects to support the defined camera system features
  • Taking a leading role in dealing with suppliers to understand their capabilities and ultimately defining selection criteria for electrical components.
  • Lead team in all optics related discussions with Automotive OEMs, such as HUDs and eye tracking camera modules.
  • Suggest/recommend new concepts for improving optical design capabilities including feasibility studies and engineering analyses
  • Support optical design and technical suggestions to mechanical engineers and designers for new product development and production projects.
  • Defining the requirements for Camera electrical hardware including requirements for automotive lenses
  • Determines system requirements, current, and future, for camera systems and HUD systems.
  • Perform hands-on testing and troubleshooting of optical and display related issues including simulate lens and camera performance.
  • Develop, control, and support engineering data and technical documents.
  • Assist in creating testing requirements to ensure that optical components and camera designs meet system requirements
  • Support product development timing such as Mockup sample build, DV/PV Test, EMC Test, etc.
  • Technical support for the industrialization of function optical components and camera an international environment.
  • Responsible to perform job duties with maintaining corporate privacy policy, health and safety regulations, policies and procedures.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or equivalent
  • Advanced degree in an Optics related field  - Physics, Camera Optics, preferred
  • 12+ years of engineering experience
  • Extensive experience in all optical components – backlighting of displays and camera modules technologies
  • In-depth knowledge of TFT/DLP HUD and Imaging /Camera optical mechanical components, aspherical and folding mirrors, LCD imaging source, backlighting technology, LED optimization for proper color/brightness and stepper motors.
  • In-depth knowledge from a systems engineering approach to mitigate unwanted attributes, such as imaging aberrations, ghost-double images, glare, light leak, stray light, thermal and mechanical noise
  • Experience in backscattering technique used for instrument and interior illumination studies
  • Understanding the requirements for implementation of displays in an automotive environment
  • Experience in measurement and automotive qualification of display, optical and performance criteria (brightness, contract, durability, etc.).
  • 5+ Years in the automotive industry
  • Proficiency with standard engineering tools
  • Knowledge and understanding of display manufacturing, interfacing and backlighting systems for LCD display systems
  • Knowledge of optical films used in display technology
  • Knowledge of SW tools -  LIGHTTOOLS, Catia V5, TracePro, ASAP, Zemax, MATLAB, CodeV


Additional Qualifications:

  • Basic knowledge of vehicle systems and ADAS/Active Safety development
  • Working knowledge of ISO26262 Specification


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel 30% of the time.
  • Willingness to work in an office.
  • Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.




HARMAN ( designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. 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. Looking for a challenge where your experience is valued? Come see what you can achieve as a leader with HARMAN!  (


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