Space Control Electro-Optic Engineer

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Mathematics/Applied Physics
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SES - Space Exploration Sector

We are seeking an electro-optic engineer to join the Space Control Applications Group to support the development and analysis of advanced electro-optic prototype instruments and systems that address critical performance gaps based on mission needs.  The selected candidate will be part of a rapidly growing interdisciplinary technical team that works together to solve some of the most challenging problems in the space warfighting domain.  An ideal candidate would be self-motivated and willing to take on new technical challenges as they emerge and adapt and expand their skills to address these challenges in a timely manner.

As an electro-optic engineer, you will:

  1. Support development of innovative solutions in passive and active electro-optic & photonic technologies for offensive and defensive space control
  2. Develop high-fidelity physics-based models for evaluating the performance of active and passive electro-optic systems
  3. Support development of new laboratory capabilities for advanced electro-optic system prototypes
  4. Perform laboratory measurements and data analysis of advanced electro-optic system prototypes

 

Required Qualifications

  • BS degee in optics, engineering, physics or a related field (e.g. engineering physics, astronomy)
  • Have at least 3 years of relevant experience in electro-optic system technologies or related fields
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Have strong organizational and planning skills
  • Have the ability to automate experiments and perform data collection
  • Willing to develop skills using optical design tools (e.g. FRED and Zemax)
  • Experience with data analysis and physical modeling using tools such as MATLAB
  • Are able to obtain TS/SCI+poly level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.
  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.

Desired Qualifications

  • MS or PhD degree in optics, engineering, physics or a related field (e.g. engineering physics, astronomy)
  • 10+ years of experience
  • Experience with some optical design tools (e.g. FRED and Zemax)
  • Background in physical optics, Fourier optics, statistical optics, radiometry, adaptive optics, laser systems and spectroscopy
  • Experience with passive electro-optic systems operating in spectral bands from the ultraviolet to the long-wave infrared
  • Experience with active electro-optics systems such as 3D ladar, range-Doppler ladar, laser vibrometry, photon counting ladar, and high-energy laser systems
  • Experience in the development of high-contrast imaging systems such as solar or stellar coronagraph systems
  • Ability to develop data acquisition software using C++ or python
  • Have demonstrated the ability to effectively lead a team of technical staff in solving complex problems
  • Have demonstrated ability to mentor and develop staff
  • Hold an active Top Secret security clearance and can demonstrate the ability to obtain higher-level clearances.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates. At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at
http://www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

 

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