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Optical Engineer

Form Athletica
4.3 out of 5
Form Athletica in Vancouver, BC
From $100,000 a year - Permanent, Full-time


Form Athletica in Vancouver, BC

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  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Dental care
  • Disability insurance
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee assistance program
  • Extended health care

Full job description

FORM ( is a sports technology company with a simple purpose: to elevate athletic performance through real-time visual feedback. We’re looking for an Optical Engineer to join our team. This is an opportunity to contribute to cutting edge work on the topic of head mounted display optics.

At FORM, you’ll help us write the rulebook on augmented reality in the endurance sport market. You’ll have the freedom to shape your role, how you own it, and how you grow with us. You’ll get to wear many hats, to coach, and to learn. And you’ll be part of an amazing and diverse group of people who love to work and play together.

A Little Bit About Us

Founded in 2016 in Vancouver, Canada, FORM is the sports technology company behind the FORM Smart Swim Goggles, a pair of premium swim goggles with a see-through, augmented-reality display that delivers performance metrics in real time. For the first time, swimmers and triathletes using our goggles can see real-time visual feedback, with metrics like split times, distance, stroke rate, pace per 100, and calories displayed directly in the swimmer’s line of sight - in pools, open water, and swim spas.

Since launch in 2019, our goggles have won many awards, including RedDot, iF Design Award, Global Triathlon Award, and many more. Pro-athletes, age group triathletes, and any swimmer looking to improve love what we're doing and are proud to use our goggles. We have an amazing team of people who are fun to work with and serious about what they do, leveraging decades of combined expertise in consumer products, ranging from sports eyewear design to interface design to activity tracking algorithms.

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Position Overview:

As an Optical Engineer at FORM, you will be involved in all aspects of creating optics for head mounted displays, including optical design, verification, and simulation.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Design, simulate, and verify new imaging optics for use in head mounted displays
  • Set up, calibrate, and utilize optical systems to evaluate and understand the characteristics of head mounted display optical systems
  • Software development in Python, MATLAB etc. to analyze collected data
  • Develop testing methodologies for new optical prototypes
  • Coordinate with other teams to co-develop specifications from mechanical requirements, optical requirements, and manufacturing

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate has a strong engineering background in optics, with Masters or PhD in Optics, Engineering Physics, or equivalent, with 5+ years hands-on experience in optical design, simulation and testing
  • Experience with wave optics (diffraction, interference, scattering).
  • Comfortable with hands-on work in optical prototyping and characterization
  • Experience in sequential and/or non-sequential optical design software (e.g. Zemax, Code V, LightTools, OSLO, FRED and/or ASAP)
  • Strong capability in mathematical modeling for simulation studies to design optical devices and to solve optical problems.
  • Understand the basics of lens manufacturing, optical metrology, and materials.
  • Work closely with external hardware industry partners to identify, define, develop, test, and deploy state-of-the-art optics
  • Experience in opto-mechanical engineering and injection molding
  • Experience in thin film physics and fabrication
  • Proficiency in a computer language such as Matlab, Python, or C/C++, etc) for theoretical analysis, simulations and modeling.
  • Proven ability to model optical systems and migrate the design into manufacturing.

Additional Skills:

  • Experience in image quality evaluation, stray light modeling and analysis, lens testing and characterization, imaging and illumination optics design and manufacturing
  • Previous experience designing near-eye display optics system, preferably waveguide-based systems
  • Software development experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Good hands-on skills

Compensation: Starting at $100,000.00 base salary, depending on experience and job-related qualifications.

We thank you for your interest in FORM and to everyone who took the time to apply for this position, however, only qualified applicants will be contacted.

FORM is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. We recognize that we are better able to achieve our goals and live our core values of being daring, focused and human, when we have a diverse team of employees. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment. We welcome the unique contributions that you can bring in terms of your education, opinions, race, colour, place of origin, religion, family status, marital status, physical or mental disability, sex, age, sexual orientation, or political beliefs.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Pay: From $100,000.00 per year


  • Casual dress
  • Company events
  • Dental care
  • Disability insurance
  • Discounted or free food
  • Employee assistance program
  • Extended health care
  • Flexible schedule
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Stock options
  • Store discount
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision care
  • Work from home

Flexible Language Requirement:

  • French not required


  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Vancouver, BC V6B 2W9: reliably commute or be willing to relocate with an employer-provided relocation package (required)

Application question(s):

  • Why are you interested in this position?

Work Location: In person