Job Description

Optical Engineer

Contract 3+ years, 40 hours weekly

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience with space systems and laser communication / lasercom system testing. Three years’ of testing experience would be desired.

-clearance - willing to review candidates who can obtain interim clearance
-work from home - hybrid schedule, program work/lifecycle dependent - Onsite work is 80% with approximately 20% working from home. There may be some fluctuations when project work requires more interaction with hardware and require more onsite work.
-travel - potential travel to domestic sites

Designs, models, analyzes, and tests optical, electro-optical, and opto-mechanical systems and components, including sensors, lasers, fiber-optics, and telecommunications products. Conducts research and development into phases of physical optics and geometric optics, lasers, laser characteristics, laser maintenance, and broadband optical sources. Applies research of complex optical systems to achieve desired optical outcomes. Develops component specifications, tolerances, simulations and tests procedures for electro-optical systems and components. Uses design-to-cost models, six sigma methodology, and other methods to assure and verify optical design requirements are met.

The Optical Engineering Group applies all aspects of the optical engineering discipline to the development of prototype space-borne, airborne, and terrestrial optical systems. By utilizing state-the-art technologies, Optical Engineering specializes in producing innovative, complex optical systems that pioneer operation and performance in a variety of integrated systems.

Group expertise and capabilities span the entire life cycle of optical system development, from optical system conceptual development through the detailed design, analysis, assembly, alignment, and testing stages.

The selected candidate will work closely with optical and mechanical engineers to determine the methodologies and techniques required to assemble, align and test precision optical systems. The candidate will ultimately be responsible for executing these techniques and procedures.

The candidate will support staff members in developing a variety of optical systems including telescopes, lens assemblies, laser optics, focal plane assemblies and fiber optics for space and airborne applications. This position involves assembling and aligning complex optical systems using a variety of optical instruments, performing optical testing, and specifying and purchasing optical components. The candidate will also help organize and maintain the Group’s optical facilities and instrumentation. The position may require special security clearances and travel to meetings and field sites.
The candidate should have a minimum of 3 years of experience in optical assembly and alignment. The candidate should have experience assembling, aligning and testing refractive and reflective optical components and systems. The candidate should have experience with optical alignment instruments such as interferometers, autocollimators, alignment telescopes, theodolites, profilometers and wavefront sensors. Experience with interferometric testing, precision lens assembly, high power lasers and fiber optics is strongly desired. The candidate should have a broad understanding of optical fabrication techniques and shall be capable of evaluating vendors for custom manufacturing requirements. The candidate should be capable of performing incoming inspection on a variety of procured items and therefore needs a working knowledge of optical fabrication specifications.

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