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EO/IR Sensor System Engineer
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
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Date Posted September 09, 2019
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description 

EO/IR Sensor System Engineer-21880 


Position Description

Would you like to apply your technical expertise to solve complex, highly relevant problems relating to current and future weapon systems that utilize EO/IR sensors?


If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL.


We are seeking a self-motivated, dynamic individual to join an interdisciplinary team of engineers and scientists to develop new concepts for future EO/IR weapon systems and improve current systems. The candidate should be able to perform a broad range of EO/IR engineering tasks related to missile seekers, sensors and related subsystems.



As an EO/IR Sensor System Engineer, you will:


  • Participate in the development of new seeker concepts, including optical forms, scanning geometry, SWAP analysis, detector options, etc.
  • Develop and conduct EO/IR trade studies to drive the development and implementation of sensor designs.  
  • Assess components of EO/IR systems for weapons systems: optical materials, gimbals, detectors, cryogenic systems, mechanical structures, electronics, seeker algorithms and software, sensor modeling, and missile system engineering
  • Coordinate studies internally and with external partners to understand system performance. This will include working with ground-test and flight-test data and developing sensor system tests, simulations, and analyses.
  • Serve as a seeker hardware Subject Matter Expert (SME) to help monitor and solve problems with contractor-developed systems.



You will meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you have….


  • A BS degree in engineering, optics, physics or related field.
  • At least five years of relevant experience with the design or analysis of EO/IR sensors. 

  • Experience with numerical analysis in MATLAB.

  • Experience working in interdisciplinary teams across a weapon system in one or more of the following areas: optical, mechanical, electrical, cryogenic or algorithms/software.

  • Ability to pursue and develop new opportunities for the group.

  • Strong written and oral presentation skills.

  • Excellent organizational, leadership and teaming skills.

  • Hold an active Secret security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

  • Willingness to obtain a Top Secret clearance .

You’ll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you have…


  • A Master's degree or PhD in engineering, optics, physics or related field.
  • At least 5 years of experience in development, design or test of IR seeker systems.

  • Experience with optical analysis tools, such as Zemax or FRED.

  • Experience with mechanical design tools such as CREO or Solidworks.

  • Familiarity with stressing operational environments of weapon systems, such as high radiation, high shock and structurally-induced line-of-sight and image smear effects.

  • Experience with IR focal plane arrays, thermal IR physics, IR sources, radiometry and calibration.

  • Current Top Secret and/or TS/SCI clearances.

Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robust education assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Our employees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at



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