FAST Labs - Principal Scientist II - Electro-Optical Infrared (EOIR)

Job Description
BAE Systems is seeking energetic candidates to augment our research and development team focused on cutting edge Electro-Optical Infrared (EOIR) sensors and sensing systems. The successful candidate will be a program team lead responsible for developing and demonstrating next generation EOIR components, sensors, systems, and techniques.

Responsibilities include developing and analyzing new systems concepts in Electro Optic active and passive sensing including LADAR/LIDAR, imaging, or countermeasure systems. The successful candidate will be involved with programs from concept development and proposal through design, integration, test, and technology transfer leading small interdisciplinary work groups and program teams. The work environment is fast-paced and presents technical challenges and significant growth opportunities.

Primary Duties will include

  • Generate component, sub-system, and system requirements through modeling and analysis
  • Predict performance of EO/IR components, sub-systems, and systems using common analysis tools
  • Provide technical and/or programmatic leadership in the design and prototyping EO/IR hardware, algorithm, and software
  • Design and execute laboratory experiments and demonstrations
  • Customer presentations and proposals supporting program execution and capture
  • Plan, propose, and execute strategic IRAD activities to further the state of the art in EO/IR systems


  • Typical Education & Experience
    Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 10 years work experience or equivalent experience

    Required Skills and Education
    • BS in EE, Physics, Optics, Electro-optics or equivalent with >10 years of experience working with complex EOIR systems; or MS in EE, Physics, Optics, Electro-Optics or equivalent with >10 years of experience working with complex EOIR systems.
    • US Citizen eligible for Secret clearance.
    • Experience leading multi-disciplinary teams consisting of mechanical, electrical, optical, software and systems engineers.
    • Experience with project management to achieve project goals.
    • Expertise in one or more optical system specialties; i.e. lasers, precision pointing of laser beams, design of pointing systems, performance testing of optical components and subsystems, atmospheric correction, optical communications, etc.
    • Demonstrated expertise in at least one optical application including Infrared Countermeasures, Passive detection and tracking, LIDAR, coherent LIDAR, remote sensing, or laser communications
    • Experience implementing systems engineering practices and working knowledge of DoD product development lifecycle
    • Modeling and simulation expertise in at least one common language (i.e. MATLAB, Mathmatica, Python, C/++, etc.)
    • Demonstrated history of proposals, project capture, and customer interaction
    Preferred Skills and Education
    • PhD in EE, Physics, Optics, Electro-optics or equivalent
    • Expertise in program management
    • Active Secret or higher clearance
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