Engineering Fellow - Optical Design

RTN 2 (Raytheon IDMS)
Tucson, AZ 85701
About Us:

At Raytheon Missiles & Defense, you have the opportunity to try new things and make a bigger difference across a broader end-to-end solution, a richer technology and product set, an expanded range of disciplines, a growing global footprint and a more diverse team of colleagues and customers.

Job Summary:

The Electro-Optics Department at Raytheon Missiles & Defense (RMD) is seeking an optical design and analysis Engineering Fellow that is responsible for designing new and advanced optical sensors in support of new product development. He or she will lead teams in defining optical design solutions, being responsible for performance and cost and supporting these products through their development, implementation, verification, and maintenance. Additionally, they will be responsible for shaping the optical sensor development strategy for RMD, including road maps for Product Lines and new optics related technologies.

The selected candidate will be required to effectively interact with engineers across multiple disciplines including systems, electro-optical subsystems, optics, opto-mechanics, detectors, cryogenics, and electro-optical system test and verification. The selected candidate will be expected to effectively present their work in program and Business Unit reviews and to provide expert counseling and mentoring. They will be expected to lead teams and provide technical oversight and task delegation as appropriate. The customers of this position will include internal RMD personnel and programs, as well as external Government(s) personnel and programs. They will work with the customer and engineering leadership to define design requirements to validate and to verify that hardware being designed is compliant with requirements.

As a fellow, it is expected that the candidate work across Product Lines and Business Units as dictated by the critical needs of the Enterprise. Additionally, the Fellow will seek out and establish apprenticeships to enable a teaching culture at RMD. In this position, they must have exhibited a proven track record with national recognition of an electro-optical sensor architecture mindset in developing sensor products and working across a products life cycle. The candidate of choice will encompass a history of design innovation validated by patents and technical papers, serving as the expert through integration and qualification of electro-optical sensors, and leading Failure Investigation Teams in resolution to complex production sustainment issues and / or sensor anomalies.

Responsibilities to Anticipate:
  • Lead selection of optical sensor design solutions for RMD electro-optical products with considerations for its role in the system, all phases of engineering and production, and the product life cycle.
  • Lead trade studies on various sensing systems such as aperture size, wavebands, field of view, F-number, tolerances, stray light, material selection, packaging, etc
  • Support electro-optical modeling and simulation activities
  • Lead development of requirements in support of optical design, stray light, etc and the requirement flow to components.
  • Drive the development, implementation, verification and maintenance of optical designs in close collaboration with other disciplines to provide a mature optimized missile product
  • Identify strategic optical engineering development opportunities
  • Propose and lead independent research and development (IRAD) projects for the advancement of optical engineering solutions
  • Ensure balance of risk, performance, and cost.
  • Be accountable to leadership for technical decisions.
  • Participate in major technical review boards, e.g., Failure Review Board
  • Communicate and collaborate with Program Management and Technical Leadership, Engineering Leadership, Manufacturing, Suppliers, and Customers.
  • Guide, apprentice, mentor, and train employees within the optical design area
An advanced degree in a related field may be substituted for two additional years of experience.

Qualifications You Must Have:
  • BS in Physics, Optics or other related engineering field
  • A minimum of 12 years of optical design, analysis and tolerancing experience on ultra-violet (0.3 um) through Long-Wave Infrared (14 um) optical systems
  • A minimum of 12 years experience with Code V, Zemax, FRED, or equivalent optical design tools
  • Previous work history in optical fabrication, testing, and stray light knowledge from the ultra-violet through Long-Wave Infrared.
  • Current or previous work history in leading optical design teams spanning optical designers, stray light analysts, opto-mechanical engineers, detector engineers, and optical test engineers.
  • Experience leading optical design trade studies and engineering efforts involving engineers across multiple disciplines as listed above.
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a US security clearance. U.S. citizenship is required as only U.S. citizens are eligible for a security clearance

Qualifications We Value:
  • MS or PhD in Physics, Optical Sciences or other related engineering field
  • Demonstrated ability to influence others to achieve technical and programmatic goals
  • Demonstrated proactive problem solving experience
  • Demonstrated ability to develop a business strategic vision and execute changes
  • Demonstrated ability to write successful technical proposal volumes
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication ability to leadership
  • Experienced stray light analyst
  • Experience within the aerospace industry
  • Active DoD issued Top Secret security clearance
What We Offer:
Whether youre just starting out on your career journey or are an experienced professional, we offer a robust total rewards package that goes above and beyond with compensation; healthcare, wellness, retirement and work/life benefits; career development and recognition programs. Some of the superior benefits we offer include parental (including paternal) leave, flexible work schedules, achievement awards, educational assistance and child/adult backup care.

Additional Details:
Clearance Information: This position requires the eligibility to obtain a security clearance. Non-US citizens may not be eligible to obtain a security clearance. The Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (DISCO), an agency of the Department of Defense, handles and adjudicates the security clearance process. More information about Security Clearances can be found on the US Department of State government website here:


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Engineering Fellow - Optical Design

RTN 2 (Raytheon IDMS)
Tucson, AZ 85701

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