Job Description

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Laser Systems Consultant

The Opportunity:

What if you could use your scientific and engineering skills to inform advanced research projects in laser device and metamaterial designs for next-generation defense applications? As a Laser Systems scientist, you understand the challenges and opportunities in developing novel optical technologies of disruptive capability. That knowledge is key when it comes to assisting the DoD with strategic consulting on research and development (R&D) to deploy technology beyond laboratory settings.

On our team, you will have the opportunity to work with world-class scientists and engineers to shape national security investment through the development of cutting-edge technologies for military applications. You will leverage technical expertise to support senior DoD decision-makers with the strategic evaluation of new concepts and assessments of technological gaps. You will support our client’s mission by providing recommendations on the feasibility and potential impact of future research programs through preparing in-depth analyses, conducting background research, traveling to R&D facilities, and interfacing with the R&D community. You will work closely with government clients to track and evaluate the progress of sponsored research and communicate technical findings to a wide audience. This position is located in Arlington, VA. 

Empower change with us.

You Have:

  • 3+ years of experience in optics and photonics R&D
  • 2+ years of experience with authoring technical papers, reports, or program plans for technical and non-technical audiences
  • Experience in optics and photonics, lasers, optical materials, and coatings, or metamaterials
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time
  • Secret clearance
  • Bachelor's degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Optical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Chemistry

Nice If You Have:

  • Experience with performing or supporting government-sponsored research activities
  • Experience with user communities in DoD and IC
  • Experience with metasurface-based optical systems, including MTF characterization and systems analysis
  • Experience with advanced nanofabrication techniques
  • Experience in metasurfaces integrated with photonic and solid-state devices
  • Experience with defense R&D
  • Knowledge of optical gain platforms, optical imaging, lidar and ladar, synthetic aperture radar, or electro-optic and infrared sensors
  • Possession of excellent organization and client service skills
  • Top Secret clearance
  • Doctorate degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Optical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Chemistry


Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information; Secret clearance is required

Create Your Career: 

Grow With Us 
Your growth matters to us—that’s why we offer a variety of ways for you to develop your career. With professional and leadership development opportunities like upskilling programs, tuition reimbursement, mentoring, and firm-sponsored networking, you can chart a unique and fulfilling career path on your own terms. 

A Place Where You Belong 
Diverse perspectives cultivate collective ingenuity. Booz Allen’s culture of respect, equity, and opportunity means that, here, you are free to bring your whole self to work. With an array of business resource groups and other opportunities for connection, you’ll build your community in no time. 

Support Your Well-Being 
Our comprehensive benefits package includes wellness programs with HSA contributions, paid holidays, paid parental leave, a generous 401(k) match, and more. With these benefits, plus the option for flexible schedules and remote and hybrid locations, we’ll support you as you pursue a balanced, fulfilling life—at work and at home. 

Your Candidate Journey 
At Booz Allen, we know our people are what propel us forward, and we value relationships most of all. Here, we’ve compiled a list of resources so you’ll know what to expect as we forge a connection with you during your journey as a candidate with us.


At Booz Allen, we celebrate your contributions, provide you with opportunities and choices, and support your total well-being. Our offerings include health, life, disability, financial, and retirement benefits, as well as paid leave, professional development, tuition assistance, work-life programs, and dependent care. Our recognition awards program acknowledges employees for exceptional performance and superior demonstration of our values. Full-time and part-time employees working at least 20 hours a week on a regular basis are eligible to participate in Booz Allen’s benefit programs. Individuals that do not meet the threshold are only eligible for select offerings, not inclusive of health benefits. We encourage you to learn more about our total benefits by visiting the Resource page on our Careers site and reviewing Our Employee Benefits page.

Salary at Booz Allen is determined by various factors, including but not limited to location, the individual’s particular combination of education, knowledge, skills, competencies, and experience, as well as contract-specific affordability and organizational requirements. The projected compensation range for this position is $96,600.00 to $220,000.00 (annualized USD). The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position and is just one component of Booz Allen’s total compensation package for employees. This posting will close within 90 days from the Posting Date.

Work Model
Our people-first culture prioritizes the benefits of flexibility and collaboration, whether that happens in person or remotely.

  • If this position is listed as remote or hybrid, you’ll periodically work from a Booz Allen or client site facility.
  • If this position is listed as onsite, you’ll work with colleagues and clients in person, as needed for the specific role.

EEO Commitment

We’re an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer that empowers our people to fearlessly drive change – no matter their race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, or related medical conditions), national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, veteran status, military or uniformed service member status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, local, or international law.

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