Careers at Northrop Grumman

Careers in Optical Technology

James Webb Space Telescope

Optical Technology Careers

Optical technologies are technologies that generate, transmit, and receive light. At Northrop Grumman, we are a leader in the design and development of optical technologies and enabling new products and possibilities in space, air, and on land.

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Optical design and opto-mechanical layout for a compact spectrometer


We develop designs for EO/IR sensors, optical communications, lasers & beam control, photonics, and more.

Modeling optical sensor earth scene


Our models simulate and analyze optical and mission performance to ensure our systems meet requirements.

Precision integration and alignment of optical hardware


We integrate and align precision lasers, optics & telescopes, detectors and more in our advanced optical labs.

Environmental testing of optical system hardware


Our optical products are tested to ensure they perform in environments from ground to sea to air to space.

James Webb Space Telescope


We develop pioneering optical systems that redefine the boundaries of what is possible.

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Devens, MA

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Linthicum, MD

Apopka, FL

Making the Impossible, Possible

Defining Possible with the Webb Space Telescope

At Northrop Grumman we're pioneering thinkers committed to solving the world's toughest problems. A career with us allows you to shape your own journey and follow your passions. With work-life flexibility and supportive teams, you're able to reach your best self. Learn more about our employees and their experiences Defining Possible with us.

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