Job Description

King George,VA,US
Remote Work:
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Optical Engineer, Senior

The Opportunity:

What if you could use your engineering skills to transform the U.S. Navy's directed energy portfolio? As an optical engineer, you understand the power behind complex systems. That knowledge is key when it comes to the development and test of electro-optic (EO) sensors for integration into high energy laser weapon systems. We’re looking for an optical engineer who can use their skills to support the development and testing of state-of-the-art EO sensors to enhance the capabilities of today's warfighter.

Our team supports the design, development, and testing of state-of-the-art directed energy weapons to enhance warfighter capabilities. That’s why we need you, an optical engineer, who specializes in the development and testing of high energy laser EO sensors. You’ll directly impact the U.S. Navy and other Department of Defense entities by proving optical technical expertise. We’ll look to you to share your optical engineering expertise through leadership and mentoring junior staff. This is a chance to use your experience-based knowledge in laser EO sensors while broadening your skillset into areas like directed energy weapons systems. Join us and take on exciting challenges as we support the warfighter with state-of-the-art directed energy capabilities.

Empower change with us.

You Have:

  • 5+ years of experience with development and testing of electro-optic sensors as it applies to overall integration into a high energy laser (HEL) weapon system
  • Experience with tracing interface documents from optics sensor to user interface of the weapon system
  • Experience with optical system design and engineering trade analysis
  • Experience with image processing for object tracking and detection, recognition, and identification
  • Experience with optical test equipment, including power meters, photodiodes, detectors, interferometers, wavefront sensors, spectrometers, and beam profilers
  • Experience in working with design and analysis software, including FRED, Zemax, WaveTrain, and MATLAB and creating models using these packages in the design and layout of optical ISR systems
  • Ability to perform imaging and single cell detector specification and characterization, radiometric prediction, testing, and data analysis for imaging applications
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance
  • Bachelor's degree

Nice If You Have:

  • 10+ years of experience in working with U.S. Navy Laser and EO systems
  • 5+ years of experience with HEL systems, including fiber laser technology
  • 5+ years of experience with Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) electro-optical systems development, analysis, test and evaluation (T&E), and installation
  • Experience with ultrashort pulse lasers (USPL) research, including propagation and material effects
  • Experience with the integration of laser systems and major components of a laser system, including the optical train
  • Experience with laser weapon systems including gain media, pump sources, thermal management and control systems, opto-mechanics, optical coatings, substrates, characterization and specification, beam shaping, and beam control
  • Experience in analyzing the effectiveness of HEL interactions with materials and components, laser propagation theory, and experiment, including modeling and characterizations of laser performance in relevant military environments and ranges
  • Knowledge of practical problems associated with the design, building, integration, and test of laser weapon systems
  • Master’s degree in an engineering or scientific field
  • Completion of Technical Laser Safety Officer (TLSO) Training and Certification


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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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.

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