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Jr Aero-Optical Engineer

Job ID: 2213969
Location: EGLIN AFB, FL, United States
Date Posted: Sep 15, 2022
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Modeling/Sim Engr
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 25 % 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 is looking for an Jr Optical Scientist/Engineer to support research and development for the United States Air Force Research Lab. This position will be part of a team of scientists and engineers that provide research and development of seeker technologies for next generation weapon systems. The ideal applicant would have understanding and/or experience in the following:

  • Aero-optic and aero-thermal effects on IR windows and optical systems
  • Modeling and simulation of IR optical systems including targets, background, atmospherics, point spread functions, wavefronts, FPA temporal and spatial noise
  • Passive optical systems in the IR used for various applications e.g. seekers and celestial navigation
  • Statistics, IR camera calibration and processing of images with Matlab or equivalent
  • Spatial and temporal noise
  • Point source NEI
  • Ensquared energy
  • Extended target NER/NETD
  • Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)
  • Laboratory or field measurements with optical systems/components
  • Zemax or equivalent optical design and analysis code


Note: This position allows telework options to people who are local to the region. The team currently works a hybrid telework/customer site schedule.

Location: Telework with ability to travel up to 20% as needed in support of customer projects.


Minimum Qualifications:

BS Degree in Optics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or other related technical degree

2-5 years’ experience modeling, analyzing and simulating IR optical systems

Proficiency in Zemax or equivalent, and Matlab or equivalent

Ability to achieve and maintain a DoD Secret Clearance

Target salary range: $105,001 - $115,000. The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.

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.


SAIC® is a premier Fortune 500® technology integrator driving our nation's technology transformation. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes secure high-end solutions in engineering, digital, artificial intelligence, and mission solutions. Using our expertise and understanding of existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective, and efficient solutions that are critical to achieving our customers' missions.

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