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Optical Scientist

Salt Lake City Area, UT
 We build sensors and sensor systems for military and civil applications of national importance.  The Optical Scientist will be heavily involved in developing NASA, NOA or a similar agency's new concept for satellite payloads (the instrumentation and supporting systems) and overseeing the concept to proof. Our programs require expertise in the development and build of sensors and sensor systems, including optical and infrared imaging sensors, spectrometers, or other remote sensing instrumentation used in the sensing of the earth, atmosphere, astrophysics, missiles, etc. This position will also require knowledge of government agency contracts.  If you have experience in sensors and optics research, payload systems on satellites, especially sensors and electro-optics instrumentation, please consider this opportunity.  We provide competitive compensation and benefits.

This position is based in Logan, UT, which is north of Salt Lake City, UT, and will report to the Civil Space Division Director.  We provide competitive compensation and benefits.

 Responsibilities will include:
  • Provide the vital communication that transitions the scientific advancements of Principle Investigators to the engineers who will deliver the product to market
  • Lead program development that builds and/or enhances core capability
  • Ensure that the lab is successful in developing optical and IR instruments critical to the strategic objectives of NASA, NOAA, MDA and other government agencies
  • Provide expertise in the radiometric analysis and design of electro-optic remote sensing payloads including imaging, spectrometer instruments
  • Design, develop, modify and evaluate optical systems; including diagnosing malfunctions in existing products and making improvements to produce desired results
  • Develop and apply advanced optical design methods, theories, and research techniques in the investigation and solution of optical design and modeling problems
  • Conduct investigations and tests of considerable complexity
  • Investigate and advise on the feasibility of new projects
  • Author papers published in proceedings or journals and present papers and technical conference or meetings
  • Provide technical consultation and work leadership for other team members – will take a leadership role in design reviews and larger proposal efforts
 The Optical Scientist will have:
  • An advanced technical degree with 10+ years of experience in the electro-optical system design and analysis
  • PhD in an appropriate field (i.e. Optical Sciences) preferred
  • Education and extensive on-the-job experience that includes a strong understanding of the needs, and work of both civil space and military space customers
  • Experience with design, analysis and calibration of optical instruments
  • Expertise using CODE V, Zemax or other optical design software
  • 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
  • An ability to travel
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and be able to obtain a U.S. Government Security Clearance
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