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Electro-Optical Engineer

The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), a University Affiliated Research Center, has been developing innovative technologies and solutions for cutting-edge DoD and intelligence programs for almost six decades. Our expertise is in space and airborne IR, VIS, UV, and RF sensors, small satellite technologies, test and calibration, cybersecurity, data visualization and assurance, and ground stations.

SDL is seeking an electro-optical engineer to augment our engineering team in the development of space sensor systems operating in the ultra-violet to far-infrared. The selected candidate should have expertise in electro-optical systems and demonstrate a broad understanding of the design, development, test, and fielding of complex space electro-optical systems. 

Key Responsibilities:
.  Leading, organizing, and conducting trade studies and engineering analyses
.  Providing expertise in the radiometric analysis and design of electro-optic remote sensing payloads, including imaging and spectrometer instruments
·  Developing and/or applying advanced optical design methods, theories, and research techniques in the investigation and solutions of electro optical problems
·  Optical alignment, test, and integration planning/procedure writing and implementation
·  Sensor performance modeling, system level testing, and verification 
·  Vendor sub-contract management including lens/mirror fabrication, optical coatings, and sensors
·  Investigating and advising on the feasibility of new projects
·  Undergraduate student worker and intern mentoring
·  Working closely with other engineers encompassing a broad range of disciplines (mechanical, electrical, systems, contamination, calibration, quality)

Required Qualifications: 
·  B.S. in an appropriate field (i.e. Optical Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Physics)
·  On-the-job experience with aerospace optical instruments and associated customers
·  Experience with design, analysis, and calibration of optical instruments
·  Experience with radiometric modeling and analysis
·  Knowledge of thermal, mechanical, and space environment effects of optical systems
·  A track record of successful collaborations with teams of scientists and engineers
·  Demonstrated proficiency communicating clearly with personnel of varying technical and professional backgrounds
·  Proven proficiency as a creative thinker and problem-solver
.  Must be a US citizen 
.  Willing to travel to support programs

Preferred Qualifications:
·  5+ years of experience in electro-optical system design and analysis
M.S. or PhD in electrical engineering, physics, applied physics, or optical engineering
·  Expertise using Zemax, CODE V, FRED, or other optical design software
·  Electro optical system performance data processing
Experience with the following:
    - Space optical systems
    - Optical alignment & metrology with interferometers, laser trackers, and theodolites
    - Optical component tolerancing, specifying, and external vendor fabrication management
    - Writing technical reports, presentations, plans, & procedures
    - Working closely with customers
    - Leading small technical teams

About SDL: SDL offers competitive salaries and unique benefits, among which include a variety of inexpensive-premium, quality health insurance options; automatic employer retirement contributions, up to 14.2% of base salary; flexible work schedules; generous annual and sick leave; and discounted USU tuition of 50% for employees and dependents. At SDL, we take pride in and highly value our employees. Please contact us if you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of applying.