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Director, Optics & Photonics

Alcon Research, LTD, Lake Forest, CA, United States
Employer Description

As the global leader in eye care, Alcon develops and manufactures innovative medicines and devices to serve the full life cycle of eye care needs. Alcon has one mission: to provide innovative products that enhance quality of life by helping people see better.


Job Description

Job Description


  • Lead Optical Design, Optomechanical, and Photonics teams.
  • The role is highly strategic, interacting regularly with senior and executive management
  • Lead teams from concepts to commercialization
  • Work cross functionally to ensure alignment and clear communication
  • Analysis of resources needed to develop new products and manage projects effectively


EEO Statement


Alcon is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. Alcon takes pride in maintaining a diverse environment and our policies are not to discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. Alcon is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please send an email to alcon.recruitment@alcon.com and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Equal Employment Opportunity Posters: If you’d like to view a copy of the Alcon’s affirmative action plan or policy statement, please email alcon.er@alcon.com.

Job Requirements

Minimum requirements


  • Bachelor’s Degree and 10 Years of Relevant Experience or Equivalent years of directly related experience (High school +18 yrs; Associates +14 yrs; M.S.+7 yrs; PhD+6 yrs)
  • 6 Years of Demonstrated Leadership
  • The ability to fluently read, write, understand and communicate in English
  • Experience Leading multifunctional teams
  • Project management experience
  • Experience in interfacing with healthcare providers
  • Strong familiarity with medical device standards and regulatory requirements (FDA, EU, and others)
  • Demonstrated ability to execute projects on time, on budget, and to specification
  • Ability to travel internationally or domestically
  • Possess strong initiative and comfort with ambiguity
  • Experience with Optical design, LED illumination, Optomechanical design approaches, Laser Electronics and Photonics, Fiber optic processing, Display solutions and Image processing (registration, segmentation, tracking)


Working knowledge of:


  • Imaging Optics
  • Lasers
  • Microscopes and cameras
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Elimination systems
  • Imaging modalities such as OCT, Confocal microscopy, Photo‚ÄźAcoustics
  • Understanding of sterilization methods and techniques in the ophthalmic space is ideal
17 March 2020
16 April 2020
Manager / Supervisor
Research and Development
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