Optics Developer

Do you want to work at the heart of our technology, and have a unique opportunity to impact our product for the future?
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3Shape is a world-leading technology company headquartered in Copenhagen. In the 20 years, 3Shape has existed, our world-class optical 3D scanners and software solutions have changed the world of dentistry. What used to be done by physical impressions of teeth and cast gypsum model is now replaced with 3D scanners and a fully digital workflow. This enables safer and better treatments, easier communication between experts, and a far more convenient workflow for both dentists and patients.

A quarter of our staff is working in R&D. We work in teams with expertise spanning from hardware and software engineering to usability research and beta testing in real dental clinics. We have a stimulating environment and a strong team spirit, sharing a common goal of offering the best and most innovative solutions.    

As an optics developer, you work at the heart of our technology and have a unique opportunity to impact our product for the future.

Let’s change dentistry together.

Your Role

An optics developer in the hardware R&D department is working on one or more development projects, that ultimately lead to new products. We are organized in teams with the right expertise to go from the initial idea to a finished product, with documented performance and efficient production workflow.

We are experimental and innovative, with a clear focus on making life easier for our users. You will thus be working very closely with other disciplines to solve challenges in the best way possible.

The daily tasks are quite diverse, e.g.

  • Testing ideas with fast prototypes and identifying the right technologies for a new feature.
  • Designing advanced optical systems, that can be produced efficiently in tens of thousands.
  • Developing a new calibration tool that can get our performance those few percent better or more consistent.

Your profile

  • A M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree in physics, optical engineering or similar.
  • Experience with optical or medical device development.
  • Team player with good collaborative and communication skills, also outside your primary field.
  • Curious, with a desire to understand problems in depth.
  • Creative, to identify the best solutions.
  • Analytical, to make the right tradeoffs with many stakeholders.
  • Good problem-solving skills, as we are trusted with many important challenges.
  • A chance to impact the treatments of millions of dental patients, globally.
  • A possibility to unleash your knowledge and creativity on staying at the edge of what is possible.
  • Empowerment and trust that you will find the best solutions to the challenges you meet.
  • Highly skilled and motivated colleagues in an international and diverse atmosphere (30+ nationalities in our building).
  • An attractive and informal work environment in downtown Copenhagen with great colleagues
  • A good work/life balance, freshly and healthy cooked lunch prepared by our own chefs, social gatherings and much more.

It is a benefit if you

  • Have experience with the design or optimization of imaging systems.
  • Are comfortable in an optics lab
  • Have experience with programming, e.g., Python.

We offer

In 3Shape R&D we are proud of our diverse, ambitious and highly skilled colleagues. Working for 3Shape means that you will join one of the most successful MedTech companies in the medical device industry and make a real impact. Moreover, we offer

If you want to read more about our company, our mission or simply find out why 3Shape is a great place to work then have a look at: https://careers.3shape.com/#vacancies

Get in touch now

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, apply already today. We will review the applications continuously.  


We encourage all relevant applicants to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other status. All qualified applicants will be given equal opportunity and the selection is based on job-related factors.

About us

3Shape started with a simple idea - to make 3D scanning better. First, we applied it to the hearing industry, then we succeeded in dentistry. Now, twenty years later, 3Shape is 1,600+ employees globally. With the help of dental professionals and amazing colleagues we’re creating award-winning scanning and CAD/CAM solutions to change dentistry together! Together, we contribute to a better world. Experience the everyday #lifeat3Shape across the globe on Facebook.

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Our biggest assets are our people and culture 💗

Life at 3Shape is great! We bring passion and talent to work every day to innovate for superior patient care. 3Shape is built on a culture of thinking differently and being innovative when solving challenges. We embrace new ways to exchange ideas with colleagues across departments and think and work in an agile way. Experience the everyday #lifeat3Shape across the globe on Facebook. 

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