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Optics Specialist

P&P Optica

P&P Optica

Waterloo, ON, Canada
Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2024

About P&P Optica (PPO)

PPO is using brand-new technology to transform an industry that affects everyone on the planet: the food industry. We apply a complex and highly sophisticated mix of hardware, software and huge datasets to improve both the safety and quality of the food we eat.
We’re a truly diverse team in every sense of the word, and our team is incredibly smart. Our culture is respectful and caring, and work-life balance is a real thing! PPO is a well-funded, scaling company with huge opportunities for career growth in every part of the organization.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to tackle challenging problems that affect everyone on the planet, PPO is the place for you.


This role is located at our 680A Davenport Road, Waterloo location. There may be opportunity to work in a hybrid capacity.

What You’ll Get To Do

The chosen candidate will become a key member of the Hardware Team at P&P Optica. The Hardware Team is responsible for a wide range of activities including the design and fulfillment of our world-class Spectrometers and Smart Imaging Systems. In this position, you will be responsible for the optical design aspects of our products and systems including developing and proving your own new innovative designs. You will also work closely with operations to ensure that production processes, facilities, and equipment effectively assemble and test our products with excellent quality.
Responsibilities for this role include:
  • Provide optics expertise in the development of next-generation, smart imaging products, systems, and accessories
  • Ownership of spectrometer products and components including their design, manufacturing, assembly, and testing
  • Innovating, prototyping, and finalizing detailed designs that meet technical, schedule, cost, and DFX requirements
  • Identifying and developing new technologies that support the continued evolution of our products and capabilities
  • Analyzing experimental results and providing feedback to the rest of the team regarding project progress
  • Producing professional-grade documentation to support the manufacturing, assembly, and testing of our products and systems
  • Participating in the production and quality control of the Company’s spectrometer systems
  • Operating, maintaining and aligning high-precision optical equipment
  • Providing technical troubleshooting of optical, electrical and mechanical systems
  • Sourcing reliable components that sensibly balance cost, performance, and schedule demands
Additional Tasks May Include:
  • Supporting our customer service team to help resolve issues with in-field systems.
  • Supporting production with the assembly and testing of systems.
  • Working with external suppliers and fabrication shops to ensure our design and quality standards are met
  • Occasional travel is required (up to 15% of the time)
  • Some tasks may require lifting up to 25kg

You at PPO

You are a high-level thinker who wants to work in a fast-paced, growing company that is helping its customers to be more successful through the use of innovative products and solutions. You’re results-oriented and care about ensuring that our designs meet high standards of performance and quality. You have a positive attitude, care about doing things right, and are motivated by making a positive impact.

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum 3+ years of hands-on experience in precision optics design
  • Strong ability for experimental design, testing, and data analysis
  • Able to leverage analytics software to automate analyses (ie. Labview, Matlab, Python)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with technical documentation experience
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary team

Bonus Skills

  • Food industry-specific experience is a significant asset
  • Able to use Solidworks CAD and PDM software
  • Comfortable with Python programming language
  • Knowledge of Zemax optical design software
If you think this job is a good fit for you but your skills and experience don’t appear to match up to what we’ve listed, please apply! You can tell us in your cover letter why you think you’ll be a great candidate.

Life at PPO

You’ll REALLY love working at PPO. Here’s why:
Open Culture: our culture is based on openness and trust, and that’s reflected in everything we do. We’re a very diverse team and we celebrate what we share as well as our differences.
Supportive Environment: We love celebrating birthdays, work anniversaries and other special events. We also challenge each other to meet both our personal and professional goals.
Work-life Balance - Really! We believe in working hard. We also believe that work is just one part of life. We make sure you have time for activities and responsibilities outside of PPO. You also receive flex days in addition to your allocated vacation.
Health Benefits: PPO offers very competitive benefits, including health, dental, vision and more for you and your dependents.
Hybrid Work Model: Depending on your role, you might work from home, our office or both.
Community Oriented: You’ll have an opportunity to participate in our annual team charity fundraiser. We are also proud to be part of Waterloo’s thriving Tech Hub.
Ongoing Learning: Learning is built into our culture at PPO. You’re encouraged to expand your knowledge and education through new experiences, courses, and other learning opportunities.
P&P Optica is committed to supporting a culture of diversity across our organization. Our hiring practices align with human rights laws, guaranteeing every person equal treatment regarding employment and opportunity for employment, regardless of race, colour, creed/religion, sex, sexual orientation, or marital status. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.