Optical System Test Engineer

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Job Summary: The Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) Seekers & Sensor Systems Group (A1F) of the Air and Missile Defense Sector (AMDS) is seeking an engineer or scientist with experience in optical system test, integration, analysis, and design. A strong candidate should be as comfortable with hands-on laboratory work as with analytical/modeling tasks to support current and future EO/IR sensor system development.

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

1.Analyze/design optical test systems used to evaluate IR imaging systems and assist in developing concepts for future EO/IR imaging systems (25%).

2.Develop and implement methods and procedures to test IR imaging systems, including precision integration and alignment of optical components (25%).

3.Design, operate, and maintain cryogenic vacuum chamber equipment used to test IR systems (25%).

4.Characterize and maintain IR scene generation/projection test equipment and associated software (10%).

5.Perform periodic system calibrations, troubleshooting, and corrective actions for test equipment and EO/IR systems (10%).

6.Participate in or propose internal research and development projects that address performance gaps in current or future methods and systems to test defense hardware (5%).

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:

M.S. degree in Engineering, Optics, Physics or related field. Five 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 data collection. Experience with data analysis using tools such as MATLAB. Comprehensive understanding of radiometry, spectroscopy, and optical systems including modeling, simulation and analysis. Active secret clearance or ability to obtain one.

Desired Qualifications:

PhD degree in Engineering, Optics, Physics or related field. Two or more years of 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. Ability to obtain a Top Secret clearance.

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel to contractor and government sites (5% of the time).

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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