[visionlist] Optics and Vision Scientist Position at Apple

Andrew Watson awatson3 at apple.com
Tue Feb 16 15:09:02 -04 2021

"If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. 
For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow gaps of his cavern."

	-William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

My team at Apple has an opening for an expert in Visual Optics and Vision Science. Help us cleanse the doors of perception, and build the future of infinite visual experience!

 If you are interested in the job description below, please send an email to myself and Jeff Schnable at jschnable at apple.com <mailto:jschnable at apple.com>.


Andrew Watson 
Chief Vision Scientist
 Apple | Panel Process & Optics
abwatson at apple.com

Optics and Vision Scientist

Job Summary: 

Apple is looking for a scientist with expertise in optics, human visual optics and vision science to support the development of cutting-edge imaging and display solutions and technologies for future Apple products. 

This position is focused on fundamental science and engineering of advanced display technologies to provide a superb visual experience for the user. The position would be within the Vision Group, a team of experts in vision science, image processing, color science, psychophysics, neuroscience, and visual optics. Work takes place in a highly collaborative and hands-on environment that fosters scientific and engineering excellence, creativity, and innovation.

Key Responsibilities: 
Apply visual optics and vision science to design and evaluation of advanced display technologies
Guide design of optical systems to optimize user visual experience
Develop display quality metrics based on visual optics and vision science
Apply knowledge of individual variations in human visual optics to design of display systems
Review vision and optics literature to answer fundamental image quality questions 
Design and conduct user studies of human visual optics and visual performance
Guide feature and spec definition for future products based on visual optics and vision science 
Develop new products, features, and technologies based on visual optics and vision science

Key Qualifications 
Deep and broad knowledge of human visual optics and vision science
Strong background in mathematical/computational modeling of visual optics and vision
Experience in design, conduct, and analysis of studies of human optics and vision 
Understanding of geometrical and wavefront optics
Proficiency in Mathematica, MATLAB or similar simulation and modeling tools 
Strong analytical & critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English 

Desirable Qualifications 
Experience with optical design software
Experience with instruments such as wavefront sensors, autorefractors, lensometers 
Experience with wavefront measurement and adaptive optics
Knowledge of linear systems theory, Fourier analysis, and digital filtering 
Experience with Psychophysics Toolbox, PsychoPy, QUEST+, or similar tools 
Experience with eye-tracking technology 
Experience in developing apps for iOS

Ph.D. or OD in Vision Science, Optometry, Optics or similar field.
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