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EO/IR Test Lead and Systems Engineer
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Maryland
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Date Posted June 30, 2020
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Description 

EO/IR Test Lead and Systems Engineer-23905 


Position Description

Would you like to devise and lead experiments to support the design of novel EO/IR sensors?


Do you enjoy leading highly multi-disciplinary teams to solve complex problems?

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

We are seeking an experienced, self-motivated individual to develop and lead experiments to characterize optical components and materials for EO/IR sensing. In this role, you will be making essential contributions to the development of future weapons systems of critical national importance. In addition to your individual technical contributions, you will coordinate interdisciplinary teams and will work regularly with program management and external sponsors. You will have opportunities to formally document your work in sponsor briefings, conference presentations, and academic journals.


As an EO/IR Test Lead and Systems Engineer, you will:

  • Design, conduct, and lead experiments to characterize optical materials and optical systems in extreme conditions, such as high temperatures and pressures. 
  • Develop and improve techniques for using high-energy lasers to heat samples. 
  • Collaborate and contribute to modeling and simulation efforts to inform the design and performance of optical systems. 
  • Coordinate studies and experiments internally and with external partners. 
  • Stay apprised of relevant work in the larger community and conduct tests at external labs as appropriate.
  • Interface with sponsor representatives and program managers to review progress and to identify areas for future work.
  • This assignment may involve other system engineering duties, such as requirements' definition, trade studies, failure investigations, and monitoring EO performance on diverse weapons systems.





You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you have:

  • An MS in physics, optics, engineering, or related field.
  • 7+ years relevant experience in designing and conducting tests of optical materials or optical systems.
  • Experience with laser systems, especially for optical measurements
  • Experience working with interdisciplinary teams comprising experts in optics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and physics.
  • Ability to pursue and develop new research opportunities for the group.
  • Excellent organizational, leadership, and teaming skills.
  • Are able to obtain an Interim Secret Clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a Secret security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship. 

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you have:

  • A PhD in optics, physics, engineering, or related field.
  • Experience working with high-energy lasers.
  • Experience forming and leading interdisciplinary teams.
  • Background with optical test techniques, such as wavefront sensors, interferometry, pyrometry, alignment, etc.
  • Familiarity with weapon system design and operation.
  • Background in design and analysis of optical systems, including camera systems or EO/IR sensors and seekers.
  • Experience working with national lab partners.
  • An active Top Secret security clearance.

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. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

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