: Senior Optical Systems Engineer (Remote)

Owl Labs’ mission is to solve a problem we’ve all experienced: meetings suck, and they are especially painful for the remote participants on the other side of the call. Considering the rapid growth in remote and distributed work, this is a perfectly timed problem for Owl Labs to solve. The market is hungry for products and content that make remote and distributed work better.

We are seeking an Optical Systems Engineer to join our diverse development team. You will lead the effort to take our 360° camera to the next level. The ideal candidate is skilled and experienced in simulation, analysis and is familiar with the optical system design process. A broad knowledge of wide-angle imaging techniques is a plus.

What You'll Do

You will be responsible for leading design, development and implementation of Owl Labs’ camera systems. In this role you will understand the target application, operating environment et al to design a next generation camera. You will also be responsible for maintaining the existing camera design by working closely with our Asia team.


More than a candidate that checks every box, we’re looking for people who are excited to work, learn, and grow at Owl Labs—no matter their background or how they identify. If that’s you, we hope you’ll apply for this role.


  • MS or PhD in Physics, Applied Physics, Optics, or related field.

  • 5+ years of hands-on experience in optics systems design and testing.

  • Excellent command of optical physics fundamentals.

  • Solid understanding of photodetectors and optical measurement techniques.

  • Proficiency with optical simulation tools and techniques.

  • Proficiency with Matlab and/or Python for instrument control, data collection, and data analysis.

  • Strong communication skills, appreciation of documentation, and co-worker & customer empathy.

  • International travel as needed.


The best candidates will have:

  • 10+ years of hands-on experience in optics systems design and testing.
  • Asia based high-volume manufacturing of optical systems.
  • Experience working with and managing external consultants and designers.
  • Experience designing and working with large format super wide-angle cameras.

Owl Labs is over 40% remote and headquarters are based in Boston, MA. This role can be either an on-site or remote position. Please specify in your application. Our team is currently working 100% remote due to COVID-19. Our return to the office is currently TBD.

Please submit a cover letter with your application explaining why you think you’d be a great fit as our Senior Optical Systems Engineer.

Who We Are:

With $22.3M funding from Spark Capital, Matrix Partners, and Playground Global, Owl Labs has created the Meeting Owl, a 360° smart video conferencing camera that sits in the center of the table and uses robotics algorithms to automatically highlight different people as they talk. After launching the product in June 2017, thousands of companies have purchased the Meeting Owl, saying it offers the most natural and inclusive meeting experience they’ve ever seen.

Owl Labs is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to our values of embracing inclusivity and creating a culture where everyone feels respected and connected, no matter the location of their work environment. We invite applications from people of all walks of life and are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need accommodations due to a disability, please let us know.

What We Offer

  • Option to Work Remotely: We practice what we preach. Employees work at our Boston HQ, across the US, and often work a hybrid mix of in-office and remote.
  • Flexible Schedule: We all work hard, and so we believe in working whenever you're at your best.
  • Free Health Insurance: Enroll in Owl Labs's health plan for $1 for you and your family.
  • Unlimited Vacation: We have big goals. It makes sense to take what you need, when you need it.
  • Celebrate Inclusivity: Owlers get important holidays, including International Women's Day, Indigenous People's Day and MLK Day.
  • Incredible Team: Learn alongside phenomenal folks from some of Boston's most successful tech companies.