• Research Scientist, Optics

    Job Location US-GA-Alpharetta
    Posted Date 1 year ago(2/16/2018 2:16 PM)
    # of Openings
    Research & Development
  • Overview

    Research is Currency at Crane!


    Do you want to be a key team player with the fastest growing currency supplier in the world? Crane Currency in Alpharetta, GA is looking for a Optics Research Scientist to support our growth and development of new and existing products. Crane Currency is a fully integrated supplier of secure, durable and well-designed banknotes for central banks all over the world. As the leading security feature developer, Crane has won international acclaim for innovation and product development. We are a pioneer in advanced micro-optics technology for securing banknotes, offering features that do not exist elsewhere. A strong, stable organization with a firm commitment to collaboration and growth, we invite you to join us for a fulfilling career opportunity.


    As one of Crane’s key technical experts, you support our key initiatives to expand our understanding of our current products and technology in order to develop next-generation structures and products. A creative and resourceful mentality with a passion for problem solving through research, sourcing of equipment, and development of industrial scale processes will be essential to successfully bringing new ideas to life in the form of innovative security features. Drawing upon your expertise, you will participate in and support trials and experiments to analyze, interpret results, and draw sound conclusions for the development of test methodologies. The ideal candidate will be skilled in both theoretical and experimental optics.  The candidate will develop laboratory experiments to measure, fabricate, and modify existing micro-optic structures.  Development of new methods and techniques in areas such as laser imaging, machine vision, photography, image analysis, geometric optics, image projection, UV lithography and imaging, microscopy, and pattern analysis.  


    The Research Scientist in Optics will need to be resourceful, and skilled in using smaller, lab-scale equipment, to prove the concepts of what can be scaled-up in a manufacturing environment. A good understanding of optical powers, intensities, throughputs etc will need to be used in order to extrapolate lab-scale results into demonstrating feasibility of industrial-scale results. Being highly creative and resourceful as well as having the ability to work with raw materials and lab equipment to produce astounding results is a fundamental part of this role.  Must have good hand-eye coordination, dexterity and occasionally wear the hat of a “craftsman”.   In this role, you will help to develop Crane's next generation technology.  This process starts with the one-off, handmade version (of a product), and then this is use that to scale up and justify the programs and investments that will lead to the manufactured and quality controlled versions. . If you want to make an impact in the world, then we are looking forward to having you on the team.



    Key Responsibilities include:


    • Perform fundamental research in micro-optics using custom equipment in our laboratories
    • Analyze the optical characteristics of our products using various techniques and software packages
    • Use your skill in geometric and diffractive optics to help design new systems that will be used for research. This includes knowledge of laser systems, optical filters, DLP projectors, geometric optics, and holography
    • Weigh in on the design of optics systems for production
    • Make recommendations for new equipment for further research / product development
    • Design and implementation of experiments, analysis of experimental outcomes. Learning from what worked and what did not work

    • Prepares reports, papers, and presentations detailing experimental results. Presents research findings to internal departments
    • Interact in a collaborative manner with other team members to accomplish organizational goals. Provide ideas to assist in solving technical issues
    • Become a strong contributor in the transition from the research to development phase
    • Maintains and closely guards trade secret information; investigates patentability and intellectual property value of new concepts
    • Serve as a safety expert as it relates to optical exposure, wavelengths and power characteristics of various light sources, exposure limits, etc.   Promote safety, safe employee work habits and ensure a safe work environment at all times
    • Provide general support to the team and complete other duties as assigned


    Knowledge (Education/Training) or equivalent:



    • Bachelor’s degree in an optics-focused technical field (Optics, Physics, Electrical Engineering).  Advanced degree (Masters, PhD) in an optics-related technical field preferred
    • Minimum five years of experience in an R&D or similar technical role
    • Experience with optics experiments, lasers, and UV light
    • Comfortable with various CAD packages for modeling and designing optical systems
    • Experience with thin film metal vacuum deposition, metrology/inspection instruments supporting photolithography, UV exposure tools, and other related microfabrication/nanofabrication equipment.
    • Ability to conduct research independently with minimal supervision
    • Ability to influence cross-functional teams without formal authority
    • Strong interpersonal skills, both verbal and written, with demonstrated ability to successfully interact and collaborate with personnel at all levels within the Company and with suppliers
    • Demonstrated leadership skills in leading projects and project teams


    • Advanced degree (Masters, PhD) in an optics-related technical field preferred
    • Experience in the specification, purchasing, acquisition and modification of laser systems for research purposes
    • Entrepreneurial and creative problem solver with a passion for developing/inventing new ideas and solutions
    • Strong analytical ability coupled with demonstrated troubleshooting skills
    • Able to learn quickly and manage multiple projects/tasks in parallel, with a good understanding of priorities

    Applicants must be United States citizens. The person selected for this position will need to demonstrate suitability for employment in a position of Public Trust consistent with our US Government contract requirements.


    Crane is a Drug Free Workplace.


    Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Vet/Disab





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