Optical Engineer for Apopka, FL-19016749

Location: Apopka
Relocation Assistance: Yes
Clearance Type: Secret
Number of Openings : 0
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Northrop Grumman Corporations Precision Targeting and Protection unit, located in Apopka, FL, is looking for a highly motivated, Physicist/Engineer, specializing in laser-systems modeling and/or EO/IR (Electro-Optics Infrared) design and analysis to join our team as an Optical Engineer.

The selected candidate will work closely with Systems/Mechanical/Electrical Engineers, Laser Technicians and Program Managers to develop new products, engineer product enhancements, and provide technical support for fielded systems and Laser Manufacturing. The Engineer will also support component specifications for critical items which may include tolerance determinations, simulations, and test procedures for EO/IR systems, lasers, or components.

The ideal candidate will be a Solid State Laser Physicist/Engineer with proven ability in the design, development and support of state-of-the-art, diode-pumped solid-state (DPSS) laser & amplifier systems. He/she will be able to model and analyze designs for EO/IR hardware including system level design through laser design. In addition, the candidate should have a solid understanding of interfacing with programs such as PRO/E and ANSYS (or similar FEA tools). He/she should be able to conduct independent research leading to design, build, and test of hardware and apply knowledge and research results to achieve desired optical/system performance. An emphasis on high level mathematical modeling is a plus as well as knowledge with current software programs such as TracePro, LasCAD, ZeMax, and GLAD.

This position requires an individual with a positive attitude, excellent design and communication skills, demonstrated leadership, entrepreneurial mindset, and the ability to work well in a team environment.



Basic Qualifications:
Bachelor of Science degree in photonics, laser physics, or closely related field plus 5 +years of relevant experience, or a Master of Science degree in photonics, laser physics, or closely related field plus 3 years+ of relevant experience or a PhD degree in photonics, laser physics, or closely related field plus 0 years of experience.
Strong computational, laboratory, and instrumentation skills
Strong modeling capability using tools such as Mathematica, MATLAB, MathCAD, TracePro, LasCAD, Zemax and/or GLAD
Ability to conduct trade studies within architectures that cross multiple platforms and optimize operational effectiveness of a family of systems
Strong writing, verbal, and presentation skills in English language
U.S. citizenship with the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense (DoD) clearance at the Secret level
Solid understanding of fundamental principles and practical considerations of host materials and active ions for DPSS laser systems

Preferred Qualifications:
PhD degree in photonics, laser physics, or closely related field
Experience with the design & manufacture of military lamp-pumped & diode-pumped solid-state laser systems
Experience with the development of new electro-optics products from inception to delivery
Experience with practical nonlinear frequency conversion architectures and materials for real world environments
Experience developing numerical physical optics models for dynamic DPSS laser processes - includes variable pumping geometries, transverse mode control, laser gain, optical absorption, thermal diffusion and lensing, 2nd and 3rd order nonlinear effects, and ability to draw from/adapt existing models in FORTRAN, C++, MATLAB, etc.
Experience with multi-disciplinary teams
Current, active Secret clearance



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Job ID: 19016749

  Reasons to apply:

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like flexible work schedules, education assistance and paid time off.
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