Senior Optical Engineer

Engineering Hayward, California


Eikon Therapeutics is a new biopharmaceutical company employing revolutionary technology at the intersection of chemistry, engineering, computation, and biology to discover novel treatments for life-threatening diseases. Eikon’s discovery platform is built on groundbreaking innovations from its founders (Nobel Prize, 2014), culminating in the creation of microscopes which enable real time, molecular-resolution measurements of protein movement in living cells, thereby unlocking otherwise intractable classes of proteins as drug targets.


The Hardware group at Eikon Therapeutics develops super-resolution, high-throughput optical instrumentation. This multi-disciplinary group of engineers is responsible for architecting, developing, and manufacturing highly complex systems for internal use. The Hardware team seeks an optical manufacturing engineer to join its pilot production line and support the production of optical instruments or their sub-assemblies.

About You

You are a process-oriented manufacturing engineer with a background and expertise in building or testing optomechanical systems.  You are proactive, intellectually curious and demonstrate a growth mindset.  You have strong communication skills, including good documentation skills and practices.  Finally, you are team-oriented, flexible, and adaptable to rapidly evolving goals and challenges.

What You’ll Do

The successful candidate will take an active role in the introduction, manufacture, and testing of next generation optical instruments that power Eikon’s drug discovery pipeline.  You will evaluate and optimize manufacturing processes, develop supporting tooling, and introduce new production tests and inspection procedures.  You will also be responsible for cost-saving measures, cycle time improvements, and continuous improvement efforts.


  • B.S. in optics, mechanical or industrial engineering or related field with at least 2 years of industry experience or M.S. with at least 1 year of industry experience
  • Proven track record of building and testing custom optical systems or components, preferably for volume manufacturing
  • Prior experience with characterizing optical systems, building optical measurement setups, designing experiments, and statistical data analysis to determine optical performance and quality
  • Demonstrated commitment to quality and familiarity with quality assurance techniques and manufacturing data
  • Commitment to health and safety standards and environmental regulations
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Good knowledge of tool design and typical assembly and test methods
  • Hands-on experience with solid state, diode, and fiber lasers is a plus
  • Hands-on experiences with opto-mechanical assemblies and systems is a plus
  • Hands-on experience with optical breadboard prototyping including fiber-optic assemblies and alignment is a plus
  • Any modern programming language for data acquisition, signal, and image processing is a plus
  • Familiarity with microscopy is a plus
  • Application of single particle tracking or TIRF is a plus

At Eikon, employee compensation also includes bonus and equity compensation, in addition to several generous benefit programs, including:

  • 401k plan with company matching
  • Medical (premiums covered by Eikon at 95%), dental and vision insurance (premiums covered by Eikon at 100%)
  • Mental health and wellness benefits
  • Weeklong summer and winter holiday shutdowns
  • Generous paid time off and holiday policies
  • Life/AD&D Insurance (premiums covered by Eikon at 100%) and optional supplemental employee-paid life/AD&D policies
  • Enhanced parental leave benefit
  • Daily subsidized lunch program when on-site

The expected salary range for this role is $134,00 to $154,000 depending on skills, competency, and the market demand for your expertise.

Eikon is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment.

In accordance with the Company’s duty to provide and maintain a safe workplace, the Company requires all employees to be Fully Vaccinated with one of the FDA approved COVID-19 vaccines, which includes those vaccines that have received the FDA’s emergency use authorization. You will be expected to be Fully Vaccinated as of your Start Date. If you believe that you are exempt from this requirement under an applicable law or regulations, including Americans with Disabilities Act and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, you will need to contact the Company’s Human Resources group. For purposes of this section, Fully Vaccinated means (i) the completion of the vaccination regimen as approved by the FDA (by way of example, 2 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and 1 dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine), and (ii) timely receiving booster vaccination, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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