Optical Design Engineer

Bengaluru, India/Remote
Added: April 4, 2024
KaleidEO is investing to launch its own fleet of earth observation satellites. We are looking for an Optical Design Engineer to support the realization of innovative earth observation payloads that are under development at KaleidEO. SatSure is a deep tech, decision Intelligence company that works primarily at the nexus of agriculture, infrastructure, and climate action creating an impact for the other millions, focusing on the developing world. We want to make insights from earth observation data accessible to all. The synergy of KaleidEO and SatSure aims to bring a new dimension to the earth observation industry by being the only full-stack company from India, to have satellites in space to deliver insights on the ground.

Role: As an optical design engineer at KaleidEO, you will be designing, developing, and optimizing the optical design configuration for complex optical payloads to be used for earth observation. It will require a close working relationship with optomechanical and optoelectronic engineers, satellite/payload system engineers, and other stakeholders to design and build new complex payload systems suitable for launch and the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) environments.


  • Work together with the satellite engineering and payload teams to define optical requirements for the payload payloads based on mission objectives and requirements derived from a system level.
  • Manage mechanical work packages, producing schedules, resource estimates, and design development plans.
  • Deliver these to projects on schedule and within the agreed budget.
  • Optical design and analysis using appropriate tools (Zemax) from initial design concept to detailed final design to manufacture, system integration and verification, including build files and non-compliance analysis.
  • Optical design of any ground-based optical test equipment, providing support to opto-mechanical and electronics engineers to realize custom opto-mechanical test equipment.
  • Support the production of manufacturing drawings to enable designs to be manufactured and support manufacturing processes.
  • Proactively provide support to project teams on optical design, analysis, and build throughout the project lifecycle.
  • Documentation and maintaining a log of requirements, design reports, alignment and testing requirements, and design reviews.
  • Provide review and feedback for optical design and analysis, balancing technical requirements with programmatic and budget constraints.
  • Support, and contribute towards the preparation of design proposals.
  • Collaborate externally with the satellite team and payload partners and vendors to drive the design to development and testing.

General Requirements

  • Scrappy and thinking outside the box to be comfortable working with a high degree of ambiguity. You will be working on something that has never been done before.
  • Prepared to be challenged and work out of your comfort zone.
  • High sense of ownership, urgency, and drive; resourceful, and able to deliver results with minimal direction.
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and verbal and written communication skills.

Basic Qualification and Skills

  • Work experience of 5 years in optical design for electro-optical systems, analysis, tolerancing, and integration.
  • Experience with designing precision optical systems with a strong understanding of optical metrology and optical testing methods.
  • Experience in stray light analysis and mitigation.
  • Proficiency in Zemax optical design software tools, and familiarity with CAD tools (Solidworks).
  • Knowledge of optical materials, coatings, and manufacturing processes.
  • Experience in managing optical element manufacturers to trade off various optical tolerances to achieve the desired ‘as built’ performance within timescale and budget.

Preferred Qualification And Skills

  • Basic understanding of multiple domains. Such as satellite systems, in-orbit operations, sensors, and the effect of the optical design on data quality.
  • Experience in optical design against thermal loads and radiation environments. Experience working on designs for an Earth observation payload.
  • Experience with end-to-end MTF testing of payloads.
  • Experience in radiometric calibration of payloads on the ground and in orbit.

Education Qualification

  • Masters in Optical Engineering or PhD in Optical systems design or related field.


Why Us?

  • Opportunity to work on a unique and futuristic cutting-edge technology stack.
  • Freedom to work on innovative ideas and be creative with no hierarchy barriers.
  • Additional allowances for learning, skill development, broadband, medical insurance cover, etc.