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Optics Scientist

Job ID: 2212521
Location: EGLIN AFB, FL, United States
Date Posted: Jan 27, 2023
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Research Scientist
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Secret
Potential for Remote Work: No Remote
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Job Description


SAIC applies cutting edge science and technology, high performance computing resources, and advanced laboratory technology to the problem of developing and testing advanced laser and nonlinear optical sensor concepts and components for the United States Air Force. The successful applicant will play a key role in lab operations, including design, development, and construction of test and evaluation facilities for advanced active sensor concepts and components. This is an onsite role at Eglin AFB.

Current research projects include development of multispectral lasers, wavelength-agile lasers, and quantum sources by employing radically new technology based on nonlinear optics in gas- or liquid-filled hollow-core photonic crystal fiber and solid core silica fiber. Applications include spectropolarimetric LiDAR sensors and quantum networks. Th

  • The successful applicant will be responsible for coordinating with the concept team on understanding the operational principles and modes of the unit under test and applying that knowledge to the construction of appropriate test hardware. 
  • The ability to communicate with a wide variety of subject matter experts and determine real, actionable requirements and functional designs and optical hardware is critical.
  • The successful applicant will support laboratory test, including setup, debugging, operation and documentation.
  • The successful applicant will be involved in the development, set up and testing of optical and laser systems and components.
  • The successful applicant will need to be able to work effectively both within a team and individually.
  • The successful applicant must have the ability to anticipate testing requirements and technology to act proactively to position the lab for improvement and success.



  • TYPICAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelors and five (5) years or more experience; Masters and three (3) years or more experience; PhD and 0 years related experience
  • Experimental research background in nonlinear optics or laser development is desired. The ideal candidate will possess experience with one of more of the following:
    • quantum optics, (un)entangled photon source generation, single photon detection
    • parametric (e.g., OPA and SPDC) or non-parametric (e.g., stimulated Raman scattering) frequency conversion techniques
    • experimentation with, or design of, hollow-core photonic crystal fiber
    • COMSOL Multiphysics software
  • Experience with numerical modeling tools such as MATLAB or Mathematica is desired.
  • US Citizenship and the ability to obtain a clearance


***Salary is commensurate with education and experience

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


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