Optical System Test Engineer

    • Laurel, MD

Would you like to apply your technical expertise to solve complex, highly relevant problems relating to current and future defense systems that utilize EO/IR sensors?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.

We are seeking a self-motivated, dynamic individual to join an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists to help us develop and integrate new test capabilities for current and future missile defense systems. The candidate should be able to perform a broad range of EO/IR engineering tasks related to missile seekers, sensors and related subsystems.

As an optical system test engineer, you will:

- Analyze/design optical test systems used to evaluate IR imaging systems and assist in developing concepts for future EO/IR imaging systems.

- Develop and implement methods and procedures to test IR imaging systems, including precision integration and alignment of optical components.

- Design, operate, and/or maintain cryogenic vacuum chamber equipment used to test IR systems.

- Characterize and maintain IR scene generation/projection test equipment and associated software.

- Perform periodic system calibrations, troubleshooting, and corrective actions for test equipment and EO/IR systems.

- Participate in or propose internal research and development projects that address performance gaps in current or future methods and systems to test defense hardware.

You meet our minimum qualifications for this position if you have:

A BS degree in Engineering, Optics, Physics or related field.
• Two or more years of experience configuring and running optics laboratory experiments.
• Experience with optical design software such as Zemax, Code V, or FRED or equivalent.
• Ability to automate experiments and perform data collection.
• Experience with data analysis using tools such as MATLAB.
• An understanding of radiometry, spectroscopy, and optical systems including modeling, simulation and analysis.
• An ability to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a Secret level 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.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you have:

• An M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Engineering, Optics, Physics or related field.
• Experience with optical design and stray light analysis of EO/IR imaging systems.
• Three or more years of experience with testing IR imaging sensors or seekers.
• Experience with IR scene projector systems.
• Operational knowledge of vacuum and cryogenic technology, and ability to perform troubleshooting.
• Experience with optical sources that includes lasers and controlled environments such as cryogenic vacuum chambers.
• An ability to obtain a Top Secret clearance.

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 atwww.jhuapl.edu/careers.


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