Principal Systems Design Engineer


Step out of your comfort zone, excel and redefine the limits of what is possible. That’s just what our employees are doing every single day – in order to set the pace through our innovations and enable outstanding achievements. After all, behind every successful company are many great fascinating people.

The Principal Systems Design Engineer will architect, design, specify and validate systems and subsystems, develop algorithms, and contribute to overall system architecture and design. The Principal Systems Engineer will manage interdisciplinary complex and cross functional projects to develop new technologies, achieve specification, schedule and cost goals. Design and development will include electro-mechanical and electro-optical ophthalmic systems as well as imaging algorithms – all components that are required in the development of instruments that provide knowledge about the human eye.

We are looking for people who are keen to try something new:

(Responsibilities that are central to the job and MUST be performed either unaided, or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation, ref. ADA.)
• Provide direction and leadership in system architecture and design. Proactively identify architecture and design solutions that lead to measurable business success within CZMI and influence other business units.
• Provide major contribution to the designs. This includes development and validation of hardware, software, and algorithms.
• Lead interdisciplinary complex projects and provide direction and leadership to other team members.
• Lead system integration of the specialist areas of a product.
• Plan and conduct in-depth reviews, testing and verifications/validation of technologies and product features.
• Critically analyze and verify system performance through simulation, test, and measurements.
• Specify and develop improvements or enhancements to existing products and champion implementation if necessary.
• Drive continuous improvement within the R&D group, across the business groups, product lines and product architectures.
• Participate in advanced technology projects and ensure that design work is transferable into product development and leverageable for future projects.
• Analyze, prototype and develop architecture and component design approaches required to meet Marketing, Production and cost requirements for new or improved technologies and products.
• Oversee feasibility studies to determine preferred design solutions. Interpret and analyze Engineering data to select preferred approach; includes anticipating technical challenges and taking corrective and preventative action.
• Identify and investigate strategic technologies and product concepts.
• Assist in new product transition from Engineering to Production
Note: Essential functions may not be limited to the tasks and responsibilities listed within this section. Ordering of essential functions does not necessarily reflect importance of item.

(Non-essential duties or marginal job functions that support essential functions)

(From whom work is received and given, internal and external customers, supervisors, subordinates, teams, etc.)
Reports to the Director, Advanced Technology & Concepts. Work as part of the Concepts group within R&D. Interact closely with other functional groups within the R&D department as well as Marketing and Manufacturing Engineering.

Comprehensive analysis prior to decision-making is crucial. Erroneous decisions will have a serious impact on the overall success of company operations and may jeopardize business activities.

(Physical surroundings)

You are:

• Experience in image processing techniques and/or optical systems design. Experience in system specification tradeoffs, development and integration of complex products, preferably medical electronic instruments.
• Demonstrated ability to work with Marketing and with other engineering groups in resolving design trade-offs.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to adapt quickly to change and work in a rapidly changing environment.
• Knowledge of or prior work experience in one or more of the following subject areas would be helpful: Medical electronic instruments, ophthalmic instruments, imaging or non-imaging optics, image processing, machine vision systems, human vision, modeling and simulation tools (MATLAB, Martrixx, Mathematica), PC applications and OEM integration, Displays, medical safety/regulatory agency compliance testing and requirements.

(If any, describes physically uncomfortable conditions, travel requirements, heavy lifting, etc., ref. ADA)

This job description does not state nor imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job related duties as requested by management and will also be required to meet safety-related requirements. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.
In a spacious modern setting full of opportunities for further development, ZEISS employees work in a place where expert knowledge and team spirit reign supreme. All of this is supported by a special ownership structure and the long-term goal of the Carl Zeiss Foundation: to bring science and society into the future together.

Join us today. Inspire people tomorrow.

Diversity is a part of ZEISS. We look forward to receiving your application regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic and social origin, religion, philosophy of life, disability, age, sexual orientation or identity.

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