Job Title: OptoMechanical Engineer

Location: Monrovia, CA

Soliant Energy is a venture backed solar concentrator company whose mission is to deliver commercial customers the highest economic return on their solar investment. Our next-generation solar panels will not only be the most efficient on the market, they will deliver the highest total energy yield when integrated into complete systems. Plug compatible with conventional system racks and inverters, our panels use advanced solar cell technology and 2-axis tracking within the panel to maximize energy performance. As a venture-backed company, we offer tremendous opportunities for professional growth and development.


Soliant Energy is seeking a Senior Engineer / Scientist experienced in designing, characterizing, and modeling optical systems and components. This role will report directly to the Vice President of Advanced Product Development.


  • Responsible for the implementation and characterization of the optical components
  • Coordinate and manage outsourcing of design-for-manufacturing, manufacturing, and testing related to the optics, the mounts, and their driving mechanisms
  • Prototyping, design validation, and optical test design for concentrating optics
  • Evaluate and select coatings and materials
  • Work with engineering team, external research labs and vendors to define and deliver a high-efficiency, moderate precision opto-mechanical system
  • Develop detailed documentation and models
  • Assist in the development of equipment for measurement and characterization of optical transmission, reflections & efficiency

Required Qualifications & Experience:

  • M.S. in relevant technical field required with 5+ years
  • Experience in the following disciplines:
    • Optical materials
    • Opto-mechanical systems
    • High-volume optical and opto-mechanical systems manufacturing
    • Outsourcing of optical and opto-mechanical systems
    • Long-life, high-reliability systems
  • Experience in solar concentrators or a related field, such as:
    • Hi-powered laser optical systems
    • Projector systems
    • Spotlight systems
    • Headlamps
  • Component selection and specification experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • An ability to work as a member of a cross-functional team
  • Experience designing optical components and systems
  • Experience working with, and specifying to, contract manufacturers
  • Familiarity with manufacturing and testing standards
  • Hands-on testing and prototyping
  • Be creative, self motivated, and resourceful

Desired Qualifications & Experience:

  • Ray-tracing expertise with Zemax or similar
  • Non-imaging optics design experience
  • Outdoor weathering experience of optical and opto-mechanical systems
  • High-UV dose, high-temperature optical materials
  • M.S. or Ph.D. in relevant technical field preferred or significant direct experience
  • Knowledge of solar photovoltaic systems

Equal Opportunity Employer

Principals only please. Agency resumes are not accepted and will be considered unsolicited resumes that are not subject to placement fees.

Please do not mail or phone Soliant Energy to apply for this position. To apply, please attach a resume and send to the following email address: