Job Description

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Optical Systems Consultant

Key Role:

Support DARPA with creating, managing, and transitioning cutting-edge research and technology developments using deep expertise in optical systems design and technology as a technical consultant. Work with DARPA research program managers to assess the technical feasibility of emerging research and identify areas where strategic investment could have transformative impact to defense technologies. Produce and present findings and recommendations to a team of colleagues and clients, assist with technical program management and program development, and brief materials out for government Research and Development (R&D) efforts. Work with world-class scientists in driving forward groundbreaking research efforts that aim to develop novel ground- and space-based optical systems architectures for applications, including power beaming and liquid telescopes. Maintain and leverage technical expertise and relationships in serving clients.

Basic Qualifications:

  • 2+ years of experience with optical system design or telescope systems hardware design

  • 2+ years of experience with authoring technical papers, reports, or program plans for technical and non-technical audiences

  • Ability to commute to Arlington, VA

  • Ability to obtain a security clearance

  • Master’s degree

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience with large-aperture telescope systems

  • Experience with space-based optical systems

  • Experience with defense research and development

  • Possession of excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Possession of excellent organization and client service skills

  • Master’s degree in Astronomy, Physics, Optical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering preferred; Doctorate degree in Astronomy, Physics, Optical Engineering, Systems Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering a plus

Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.


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Work Model
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  • 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.

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