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Principal / Sr. Principal Optical Engineer – Lens Design and Analysis

Requisition ID: R10078311

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Azusa, California, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes-May consider hybrid teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

At Northrop Grumman we develop cutting-edge technology that preserves freedom and advances human discovery. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation’s history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We continue to innovate with developments from launching the first commercial flight to space, to discovering the early beginnings of the universe. Our employees are not only part of history, they’re making history.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission!

Northrop Grumman’s Space Systems Sector, Payload & Ground Systems in Azusa CA, is in need of an optical (Principal level 3, or Sr Principal level 4) engineer with experience in lens design and analysis. This role will report on-site daily. We can accommodate partial telework, but this is dependent upon business/program need.

The skills and specifications of optical engineer for the role of lens designs and analysis are:

Experience in designing visible through infrared telescopes, calibration optics, camera lenses, athermal optical systems is desired. Experience in working with mechanical CAD software will also be advantageous. The ability to interact with potential customers and form a set of firm specifications from customer's desires and then design to those specifications is important. Equally important is the desire and ability to learn the necessary skills.

Basic Qualifications (Principal Level 3)

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM field & 5 years of related optical engineering experience, OR a Master's Degree in a STEM field & 3 years of related optical engineering experience
  • Fundamental understanding of optical architectures from specifications and first principles (i.e. reflective, refractive, pupils, stops, or relays)
  • Perform an end-to-end optical lens design, analysis, tolerancing, and simulation using Zemax OpticStudio, Code V, FRED, Matlab, and ray-trace modeling tools
  • Direct experience in the specification and testing of optical systems including working knowledge of optical test and evaluation equipment, and understanding of precision alignment & metrology techniques
  • Understanding of contributors to radiometric performance in EO/IR payloads
  • Systems Engineering life cycle experience such as requirements as such requirements development, design, integration, and test
  • Ability to obtain & maintain a DoD secret security clearance (US Citizenship Required)

Basic Qualifications (Sr. Principal Level 4)

  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM field & 9 years of related optical engineering experience, OR a Master's Degree in a STEM field & 7 years of related optical engineering experience
  • Fundamental understanding of optical architectures from specifications and first principles (i.e. reflective, refractive, pupils, stops, or relays)
  • Perform an end-to-end optical lens design, analysis, tolerancing, and simulation using Zemax OpticStudio, Code V, FRED, Matlab, and ray-trace modeling tools
  • Direct experience in the specification and testing of optical systems including working knowledge of optical test and evaluation equipment, and understanding of precision alignment & metrology techniques
  • Understanding of contributors to radiometric performance in EO/IR payloads
  • Systems Engineering life cycle experience such as requirements as such requirements development, design, integration, and test
  • Ability to obtain & maintain a DoD secret security clearance (US Citizenship Required)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Designing, setting up, and conducting optical system lifetime tests
  • Ability to layout mechanical arrangements for optical testing, possibly in CAD
  • Experience in the specification or design of motion control systems, such as fast-focus modules
  • General knowledge of operations, including procurement, planning, manufacturing, test engineering, and quality systems
  • Writing technical reports in both detailed written format and concise pictorial oral presentation format
  • Execution of assigned tasks in a time and cost-efficient manner
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to train junior or entry level engineers
  • Current & active DoD security clearance

Salary Range: $111,600 USD - $167,400 USD
Salary Range 2: $138,300 USD - $207,500 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.



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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  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 work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.