Senior Optical Simulation Engineer / Scientist

Research and Development · Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Department Research and Development
Employment Type Full time - Permanent employees
Minimum Experience Mid-level

About the role

We are seeking a Senior Optical Simulation Engineer or Scientist for our facility in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. You will be a key member of the Optics team that develops new technologies and products for applications in augmented reality and scientific instruments. Your role will be to both design new optical systems and develop the toolset for simulating their behaviour and optimizing their performance. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in modelling optical systems, particularly systems involving imaging waveguides, and experience developing tools in Python. 

About Us: 

Meta Materials Inc. “META®” (NASDAQ: MMAT) is a developer of high-performance functional materials and nanocomposites. META® delivers previously unachievable performance, across a range of applications, by inventing, designing, developing and manufacturing sustainable, highly functional materials. Our broad electromagnetic technology platforms enable leading global brands to deliver breakthrough products to their customers in consumer electronics, 5G communications, health and wellness, aerospace, automotive, and clean energy. Our nano-optic technology provides anti-counterfeiting security features for government documents and currencies and authentication for brands. Our achievements have been widely recognized, including being named a Lux Research Innovator of the Year in 2021. Learn more at 



  • Lead the development of new simulation tools for predicting and optimizing the performance of complex and novel optical systems.  
  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to develop product concepts and designs that address the needs of the HMD, HUD and scientific instruments markets.  
  • Support other engineering staff for the most challenging simulation and modelling tasks.  
  • Define best practices for the development, deployment, and maintenance of a rapidly evolving codebase.  
  • Characterize performance of optical products and sub-systems relative to the design goals and the broader system requirements; specify and design the optical evaluation systems necessary for such characterization.  
  • Identify causal relationships between observed product or sub-system performance and design parameters.  
  • Analyze data and communicate results through technical reports and presentations tailored to the needs of the target stakeholders.  
  • Supervise junior members of the engineering team.  


Required Skills and Experience:

  • Must have extensive experience in code development and data analysis for scientific applications using C/C++ and Python.  
  • Must have experience in EM simulation techniques (e.g. RCWA, FDTD, Physical Optics, Ray Tracing) and packages (Zemax, VL Fusion, Lumerical, CODE V, COMSOL).  
  • Experience in hands on lab work is an asset. 
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills. 



  • An MSc or PhD in Physics, Applied Physics, Optics, EE, or related field, is required.  
  • Minimum 5 years of experience with optical engineering and optical simulation. 
  • Canadian work authorization. 


Feel like you can’t tick all the boxes above? If you have some of the skills and experience that we’re looking for and are willing to use your talent to learn the rest, we encourage you to apply!

What You’ll Love About Us: 

META is a fast-growing company with a positive and committed work culture and a phenomenally talented workforce. Our employees are inspired to do exceptional and innovative work, are proud to contribute to the success of the company and are our greatest asset.   

META attracts people from many countries and cultures, with over 25 spoken languages represented across our teams. META believes that diversity drives creativity and innovation. We welcome and encourage applications from underrepresented populations; Aboriginal peoples, racialized persons, people living with disabilities (including invisible and episodic disabilities) and members of the LGBTQ2 community.

Our Benefits:  

  • META (MMAT) Equity 
  • Retirement Savings Matching  
  • Company provided Group Health Insurance (medical, dental, vision).  
  • Competitive paid time off policy; vacation, paid sick leave; personal days; time off between Christmas day and New Year’s day 
  • Casual dress 

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  • Location
    Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • Department
    Research and Development
  • Employment Type
    Full time - Permanent employees
  • Minimum Experience