Optical Engineer - [ Joint Lab ]

Workplace: Roma, IIT@SAPIENZA
Added on: 24/07/2018 - Expires on: 10/09/2018

The Candidate will work with CrestOptics and IIT team in the development of optical systems mainly dedicated to fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy.

The main responsibilities are:

  • New product development;
  • Modeling optical systems and subsystems using Zemax or equivalent software;
  • Definition, in team with mechanical designers, of properties of materials, surfaces, drawing tolerances and optical data for the manufacturing of optical components;
  • Design of optical system and specification of its components, such as lenses, mirrors, filters, windows, light sources and detectors;
  • Test of products from the preliminary stage until full production;
  • Cooperation with purchase, manufacturing, technical support and IP areas for optical related issues.

The ideal candidate for this position should:

  • Have a Master degree in Physics or Engineering with a specialization in optical engineering.
  • Have previous experience with optical simulation software (Zemax, Optalix, Code V etc.);
  • Have a PhD in optical design or related subject  is desirable;
  • Be highly motivated and creative individuals who want to work in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary research environment and who are willing to interact with both experimental and theoretical scientists.

Workplace: Rome, CLNS@Sapienza and CrestOptics SpA

If you are interested, please send your application (deadline August 8, 2018), including full CV, names and contact of two referees, and statement of research interest, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; please quote “Optical Engineer Joint Lab”  in the subject line.


Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) was founded with the objective of promoting the country's technological development and further education in science and technology. The Center for Life Nanoscience (CLNS) is a laboratory of IIT aiming to the development/application of nanotechnology and biotechnology in Neurosciences.

CrestOptics Spa is a leading Italian company manufacturing advanced optical and electro-optical instruments for scientific and industrial applications. Key products are instruments for fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy. CrestOptics Spa is committed to investing in R&D large part of its profit in order to keep an edge in electro-optics technology.   

In order to merge scientific expertise with industrial development and prototyping know-how  Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and CrestOptics Spa have started a facility in Roma called  “JointLab” dedicated to exploring state of the art technology in microscopy and Life Science applications of optics and electro-optics.

In this sense, in fact, the JointLab is committed to achieve its scientific program, which sees in the integration between basic scientific research and the development of technical applications, a major inspirational principle. The research activities cover areas of science of high innovative content, representing the most advanced frontiers of modern technology, with wide application possibilities in various fields from medicine to industry, from computer science to robotics, life sciences, and nanobiotechnology.

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Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and CrestOptics Spa are an Equal Opportunity Employers that actively seeks diversity in the workforce.


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L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

IIT: the numbers

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.