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We are a world leader in high precision optical manufacturing, delivering custom optics to a wide range of innovators around the globe. Meeting these goals demands the right people. Teamwork, adaptability, and an enthusiastic approach to problem-solving are central to the Optimax culture. But what unites all our employees best is a hunger to continuously learn. We strive to find driven individuals who are committed to lifelong learning; who will continue to add value in their work throughout long and successful careers.



Jon Watson

Director of Optical Coatings

Joined Optimax in 2000

“At Optimax, our employees are the number one asset and are treated as such. It’s a small company culture in a fast-paced environment with new challenges each day.”



Completing our suite of deposition equipment, we are developing a new Ion Beam Sputtering (IBS) System with different substrate configurations.

Space can be a harsh environment for optical coatings. Optimax has successfully provided antireflection (AR) coatings for a wide range of space applications.

Every optical application requires a “clean” optical surface. However, what defines “clean” is subjective and is based on the needs of the application.  

With increasing demand for deep UV applications, special considerations must be taken to produce the optics. Specifically, as the wavelength of incident light decreases, the importance of smooth surfaces increases. 



Jon holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in optics from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. Jon accepted a position at Optimax as a Thin Film Coating Engineer while finishing his degrees at the University of Rochester.



He has been a part of the Optimax team for more than 20 years. In his current role as Director of Optical Coatings, Jon oversees a department of more than 40 scientists, engineers, and technicians. He has also led coating facility expansions in 2013 and 2020.

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