Electro-Optical Systems Engineer


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking an Electro-Optical Systems Engineer.

Job Summary:

Work with a multi-disciplinary team of engineers to design high-end electro-optical systems supporting various intelligence and military customers.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

1. Lead and contribute to key technical efforts in the development of electro-optical hardware and system analysis for novel imaging and remote sensing systems (65%)

2. Document work in memoranda, sponsor briefs, conference proceedings, and journal articles; brief senior leadership and sponsors as required. (15%)

3. Support operationalization of techniques through field integration and testing activities, data analysis, and lab experimentation. (10%)

4. Work with group and program leadership to develop task assignment and staffing plans; participate in group-level strategic business planning, new business development and internal research and development (IR&D) efforts; mentor and assist in the professional development of junior staff (10%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications:

PhD in imaging science, optical engineering, physics or equivalent or Master’s degree and 3 years of directly-relevant experience.

Ability to conduct hands-on, electro-optical systems engineering including electrical, mechanical, and optical subsystem assembly and alignment, electro-optical test fixture development, systems troubleshooting, data collections, statistical analysis, and control and diagnostic software development.

Deep understanding of optical and laser physics, including detection electronics, diffraction and beam propagation, modulation devices, photonics and fiber-based systems. Experience with test equipment such as oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, vibration sensing equipment, computer acquisition and analysis software, as well as familiarity with signal processing and Fourier spectral analysis. Display competence in optical system design processes such as lens design, radiometric transfer calculations, optical analysis tools and sensor evaluation and selection. Good interpersonal skills, speaking and technical writing skills. Demonstrates ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team. Ability to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance

Desired Qualifications:

PhD and 10 years relevant experience in industry, consulting or academia.

Expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Advanced optical and coherent approaches such as microscopy, interferometry, holography, synthetic aperture techniques, or adaptive optics.
  • Laser-based remote sensing, direct-detection laser radar, spectroscopy, FTIR, radiometry, polarization, fourier/wave optics, beam propagation, atmospheric sciences, optical detection spatial light modulation and/or image processing.
  • Laser vibrometer or remote vibrometry systems.

Demonstrated ability to graduate prototype systems from the bench-top, laboratory environment into real world operations.

Matlab or C programming and control systems theory.

Familiarity with Zemax and/or other optical design code bases

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including comfort briefing to very senior and large audiences.

Experience in interactions with senior leadership and decision makers in USG.

Strong organizational and planning skills, with a demonstrated ability to effectively lead and inspire high-performance teams of technical staff in solving complex problems.

Demonstrated ability to collaborate in technical activities, as evidenced by co-authorship of technical papers, presentations, proposals and white papers with authors from other organizations.

Current TS/SCI clearance.

Special Working Conditions: Must be eligible and willing to undergo DoD clearance requiring background investigation and/or polygraph examination. Travel supporting meetings and work at contractor and government facilities required. Occasional travel to system field testing sites up to a week or more in duration may be required.

Security: Applicant selected 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.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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