Optical Scientist/Engineer I/II - EOSL

Atlanta, GA
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Optical Scientist/Engineer I/II - EOSL

ID: 494505
Type: Researchers
Location: Atlanta, GA
Categories: Aerospace, Aircraft, Hardware Development/Design, ISR & Tactical Systems, Lidar, Mechanical Design & Analysis, Thermal Controls, Undersea Systems, Modeling/Simulation, Robotics/Automated Systems, Sensors Integration, Sensors/Optics, System Architecture, Testing

Job Description

This job is for a full-time research faculty position in the Opto-Mechanics (OM) Branch in the Electro-Optical Systems Innovation Division (EOSID) with the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory (EOSL) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). The main responsibility will be providing opto-mechanical engineering expertise to conceptualize, design, analyze, build, and test optical systems that meet customer requirements and internal research goals. The job provides opportunities to develop advanced technology and publish research.

EOSID’s research is performed in the areas of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), Intelligent Sensors and Imaging Systems (ISIS), and Active Electro-Optic Systems. Our team designs, builds, and tests the hardware in the entire imaging chain. Key technical areas include Hyperspectral and Multispectral Imaging Processing; EO System and Component Analysis and Characterization; Optical Imaging and Tagging; and Airborne Lidar System Design, Construction, and Operation for real-time topography, FOPEN, and bathymetry.

Duties related to this position are listed below with the estimated amount of time spent at each task:

1. Lead and contribute to key technical efforts in the analysis, construction, and design of optical systems for remote sensing applications. (65%)
2. Document work in memoranda, sponsor briefs, conference proceedings, and journal articles. Brief senior leadership and sponsors as required. (15%)
3. Support field integration, data collection, and other testing activities at test sites and facilities (travel may be required). (10%)
4. Participate in new business development efforts by contributing to white papers, RFI/RFP responses, and sponsor briefs, and by proposing new research areas suitable for internal research and development (IR&D) funding. (10%)

We offer a flexible work environment allowing each researcher to pursue his or her interests and strengths, integrated with the overall mission of the branch and the lab. If you have aspirations for an advanced degree, all the better. Because GTRI is a research unit within Georgia Tech, you can get your graduate school paid for and pursue an additional engineering, science or math degree you desire from a world class research institution. We highly encourage our research developers to pursue advanced technical degrees and professional development courses.

Education & Length of Experience

Research Engineer/Scientist I

  • A Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Optical Engineering, Optical Sciences.

Research Engineer/Scientist II

  • A Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Optical Engineering, Optical Sciences and three (3) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Optical Engineering, Optical Sciences.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • 1+ years of professional experience with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or minimum one semester of undergraduate/graduate level optics related research
  • 0+ years of professional experience with a Doctoral degree in optics related research and applications

Qualified candidates at all degree levels (Bachelors, Masters, PhD) will be considered. Candidates should have education, experience, and/or expertise in one or more of the following:

- Optical design and analysis in Zemax
- Optical subsystem assembly and alignment
- Detector technologies (i.e., FPAs, APDs, PMTs)
- EO/IR imaging systems
- Optical analysis (radiometry, stray-light, sensitivity, link budget, error budget, pointing stability, etc.)
- Fourier optics
- Electro-optical signal processing
- Lidar (i.e., topographic, bathymetric, atmospheric)
- Coherent optical techniques (i.e., interferometry, vibrometry, holography, OCT)
- Hyperspectral imaging (HSI)
-Familiarity with GD&T and manufacturing of both optics and machined components.

Additionally, candidates should have experience working with one or more of the following:

- Zemax or similar FSO design/analytical software
- Laboratory equipment such as oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, and/or data acquisition hardware/software
- Computational tools such as Matlab, Octave, and/or IDL
- Programming languages such as Python and/or C++

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the US federal government, candidates for this position are required to be US Citizens.

Clearance Type Required

Ability to obtain Secret Clearance upon hire

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institute’s mission of solving the world’s most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. .



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